"Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy" Gord Downie
I separate art from the artist as much as possible, but there are some that I have imagined relationships with, as a teenager Gord Downie would be my father in an alternate universe. There has been a comfort with him and his music that I can't explain. People you've never met are not supposed to mean anything to you, right? Fuck you 2016.
- •"Nautical Disaster"The first song I heard without a chorus and with the opening lines that made you pay attention "I had this dream where I relished the fray and the screaming filled my head all day"
- •"Wheat Kings"Story of David Milgaard who was convicted for a murder that was later revealed he didn't commit. "A nation whispered 'we always knew he'd go free'... besides no one's interested in something you didn't do".
- •"Courage"For Hugh MacLennan. There are some beautiful covers of the song including Sarah Polley for The Sweet Hereafter. "There is no simple explanation for anything important"
- •"Fiddler's Green""As children's eyes turn sleepy mean and Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain for a boy in Fiddler's Green"
- •"38 Years Old""Twelve men broke free from Milhaven Maximum security... They mostly came from towns with from long French names, but one of the dozen was a hometown shame"
- •"Ahead by a Century"I remember hearing this a club, during a 90s hip hop set. "I had a feverish dream with revenge and doubt; tonight we smoke them out".
- •"Cordelia"Any opportunity to sing aloud " I'm not Cordelia, I will not be there" I will take.
- •"Scared""You're in Russia and more than a million works of art"
- •"It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken'""In the forget-yer-skates dream, full of countervailing woes; in diverse-as-ever scenes, proceeding on a need-to-know; in a face so full of meaning as to almost make it glow"
- •Others: "Long Time Running," "Pigeon Camera, "Thugs," "Grace Too'" "Locked in the Trunk of a Car," "At the Hundredth Meridian," "New Orleans is Sinkin'" etc