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Saturday, August 05, 2006

music to wait for The Hour by

In this all too brief summer when most of us are spending every available moment outside, I still get flashes of remembering some great moments from The Hours past. A lot of those involve talk of music, something very close to my heart. So when Barbara W suggested we might want to talk about the music that been discussed on The Hour in the past, I was there.

I thought you might like to do a little reminiscing as well, perhaps listen to some of those songs which George has mentioned on The Hour, which you've never had the chance to hear. Songs like Mary Gauthier's I Drink. This is a powerful, heartwrenching song from a woman who has lived it. Her songs talk about life as a runaway, life on the edge of society, life among the drag queens in limousines. And according to George, the last song that made him cry.

Or how about Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros' cover of Redemption Song? It's a beautiful powerful song no matter who sings it, but to hear Joe Strummer treat it so tenderly and to know that he would be dead before the album Streetcore was even completely finished, that just rips me apart. I still miss Joe Strummer.

And then there is Fairytale of New York by the Pogues with Kirsty McCall. I think George has referred to this as one of the only Christmas songs he can stand. Jingle Bells, it ain't. It is rough, and raw and very sad and beautiful. And sadly, Kirsty McCall is yet another musician taken away far too early. And yet, how Shane McGowan manages to survive with no teeth and a serious poly-substance addiction boggles the mind.

I'm sure you can think of numerous other songs that have come up over the last two seasons that you'd like to share. In the meantime here are:
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Barbara B.

81 comments:

Anonymous said...

where have i been? i was missing out. these are great. wow.

Tammy

Barbara said...

Beautiful post Barbara B. I love how you talk about music.
Those are some dark and interesting choices.

Thank you George for sharing your song picks with the audience of The Hour.

Tammy when you watch The Hour you need to take notes or you'll have to watch it again at 11pm.

Toccata said...

The music of my time period was crap! Thank goodness for older siblings. I had an older brother that introduced me to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Then I went to university and received a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance and consequently only listened to classical music. Jian's top 100 Canadian songs forever changed all that and I remembered why I liked different genres of music in the first place. I blame him and George for my depleted pocket book this past year. I have reaquainted myself with all the music of my youth and in turn my musical wanderings have exploded.

Sarah Harmer, Neko Case, Mat Mays and El Torpedo, Kathleen Edwards are just a few of the artists I have been listening to this past while. Oh, and Hem. I still am passionate about Vivaldi, Khatchaturian and Beethoven but when I'm walking my ipod fills my ear with everything but.

P.S. I love the Stroumboulopouli. Thanks so much for having this blog during the summer. Cheers

She's Crafty said...

Too true B.B., when George starts talking music GRAB A PEN FAST! Remember the night he introduced us to Imogen Heap?...he said "your welcome"..."your gonna thank me". In all honesty, I bought that cd without having heard any of her music yet and I LOVE it.

When it comes to music, George does not disappoint.

Great post Barbara ;)
It was time to dust off the note book. Other great music/songs shared by George (he recommends listening without distractions):
"God" - John Lennon
"Your ex-lover is dead" - Stars
(could get stuck in your head)
"Don't wanna know if you are lonely" - Husker Du

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm glad you enjoyed them Tammy. They are all pretty powerful pieces of music, aren't they? Barbara W is right - a notebook is needed while watching The Hour.

Thanks Barbara W. You know me - I could jaw on about music all day long if you let me, so it was my pleasure. These are not light fluffy songs, that is for certain.

You have very diverse musical tastes, Toccata, and I applaud that! I was fortunate enough to have older sibs as well, who were my first musical mentors. Now, oddly, my daughter is one of my main musical sources, but she has rather exceptional knowledge (and taste).
Those are all great Canadian musicians you are currently grooving on (well Neko Case is an honourary Canadian), but I don't know Hem. Must check that out.
I also adore the Weakerthans, Matt Good, the Constantines, Elliott Brood, the New Pornographers, the list goes on and on.
I'm so glad that you are visiting during the hiatus. Happy to talk music any time.

Oh yes, Sarah - great additions to the list! Imogen Heep is definitely one of a kind, and sometimes you just have to go on faith and grab a cd you've never heard. I've had some great experiences that way myself.
I'm looking forward to more musical guests on The Hour myself, with the change in focus. (hint hint)

Anonymous said...

yea i probably need to start taking notes. i'll be laughed at by my family. oh well. some of these bands i've never heard of. i just need to think of how to integrate music into my life. i hardly listen to it anymore.

and yes, thank goodness for older siblings. when i was 11 and my older sibling was 17, i said that all Nirvana listening was the devils music and he shouldn't be listening to it. of course, i didn't understand Nirvana. i turn 14 and decide to give Nirvana a shot. i have said sorry since.

Tammy

P.S. IN CASE you didn't know

more George stuff

http://zed.cbc.ca/go?c=searchResults&FILTER_KEY=213601

http://www.cbc.ca/video/060529_askgeorge_beatlesstones.html

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

awesome choice of a post...

i think my favourite musical introduction was via his budweiser radio show.. andy stochansky. i was lucky enough to tune in the week before he played vancouver, so not only did i find new music to buy, i also got to check out an awesome show.

and you can never play enough hüsker dü......

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

crap... i forgot to say ...

with redemption song.. you got to hear joe strummer sing it with johnny cash...sigh...

i agree with all the props to the older siblings.. my brother may have beat me up a few times but he introduced me to so much good music, i forgive him...:)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

My family is used to me carrying a notebook around at all times, Tammy. Always looking for that quote of the day!
I went through a phase when my daughter was wee of not listening to much music (that wasn't Sharon Louis and Bram) but now I never stop. I have the headphones on all day at work and I'm sure I shall be deaf in 10 years. oh well.
Thanks for the links!

Hey 668 - I've got to say you've go the best internet name in the history of internet names!
I confess to never having listened to Gerge's radio show. Sadly one only has so many hours in a day...
I've only heard a bit of Andy Stochanksy (which I liked and need to look out for more of) but sometimes timing can be so lucky, can't it? I heard Elliott Brood open for Wilco a few weeks before the Calgary Folk Festival, so I knew they were one band I wanted to focus on for that weekend.
Husker Du are no longer together, are they?
I've not heard Joe and Johnny cover Redmeption Song together, but I do have a very poignant photo of them together - just breaks my heart to see it. Thanks, I'll have to look out for their duet.

mellowlee said...

I cry easily. I went to Mary's website and the lyrics, and the video ripped my heart out. Amazing! I love the way you talk about music too Barbara. I haven't listened to the Joe Strummer tune yet.

mellowlee said...

PS On a lighter note, someone should get George to listen to the Bollocks to Christmas CD :) ! It's full of punky christmas goodness.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh I haven't checked out Mary Gauthier's website yet, Mel. I should show Jerry - he's been a huge fan of hers since we saw her at last year's folk festival. Thanks for the tip.

Bollocks to Christmas - that's great! Does it have Fairytale of New York on it?
Isn't bollocks a super word? When I am not allowed to swear I use that.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

thank you thank you, maybe one day i'll blog the whole explanation of it....

i liked the budweiser show because you could listen to it anytime online.

the johnny cash/joe strummer version is on the unearthed box set by johnny cash. i believe it's the version that was actually mentioned on air. i could be wrong tho.. wouldn't be the first time...:)

hüsker dü were around from around 79-87. like the pixies, they are owed a huge debt by almost every alternative band that came out from the 80's/90's. after they broke up, bob mould went on to some success with sugar and solo albums.

whew, i'd better shut up.. i can talk about music forever...:)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

668 - feel free to talk about music all you want. I can listen forever.
Did you get to see the Pixies when they toured? I didn't, as the show sold out in about 6 minutes or something. I quite like the Breeders, though - Kim Deal's band, but I haven't really heard much of Frank Black's solo stuff.

A lot of bands who are no longer together are still highly influential and still being recognised. Bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Replacements, and Neutral Milk Hotel are still huge. Thank god.

Becky said...

Skinnamarinkydinkydink, Skinnamarinkydoo! I love you. Ok, so I used to love Sharon, Lois and Bram (and don't forget Fred Penner)...

On a slightly less crazed note, I have to say that I need to thank George and Jian for introducing me to indie music. I absolutely HATE today's mainstream, and if it weren't for The Hour and TNP, I would still be listening to the Beatles non-stop (which is quite depressing as you know you can never see them in concert :P).

Taking notes is required with The Hour, you should see my day planner :)

She's Crafty said...

Oh Barbara, S,L&B??? Poor kid! Although I am pretty sure my 3 yr old listens to all the little ones music at daycare, LOL! She sings to "Inside and Out" at the top of her lungs and she doesn't know the words very good. It's great!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

haha.. i still remember the time raffi swore in front of my friend. he had to run and find me to tell me!

i have been lucky enough to see the pixies three times. should have been four but alas, my visa was declined..:( saw them twice in their heyday, and caught them on the second go round of the reunion tour. and thankfully, they did not dissappoint. kim deal is still one of the coolest women in rock ever. and 'cannonball' would be a qualifier for a top tunes list for me. i'm not as up to date on frank black's newer solo stuff but i was a fan of his earlier work.

i have been also been lucky enough to see the replacements a few times. saw the JAMC as well, but.. let's just say the best part was the fit that was thrown onstage. :)

and you don't want to get me started on xmas music! i am a maniac for collecting it and always do a killer mix for pals each year.

and since we are on music here... did y'all here DFA 1979 have called it quits?

Toccata said...

George played a small segment from Bonnie Prince Billy's song, "The Way" and just from that small clip I went out and found the song on his album, Master and Everyone. The entire album is awesome but rather heartbreaking so listeners beware.

Another one he recommended on The Hour was Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah" I found it on his Grace album. I really enjoy it but I must say I also really enjoy KD Lang's version of Hallelujah as well even if George and Jian aren't so hepped up about it.

Crafty I too bought Imogen Heap without hearing a note before hand. I also bought my first Neko Case album without hearing any of her music just from reading three reviews that raved about her voice. I don't know if you know her music but if you like Imogen Heap I think you would also like Neko Case.

Fascinating post. I love reading about all the different music out there. Can't wait to check some of them out.

P.S. Here's a web page that I really enjoy where you can listen to all different kinds of music often by artists as yet unsigned.
http://newmusiccanada.com/

Alana said...

Okay, first, brilliant idea for a post Barbara B! Not only did you bring up some important, heartfelt songs that George brought up on the show ("I Drink" makes me cry too!), but you've clearly inspired a fantastic conversation amongst everyone here. I say you should be declared the Stroumboulopouli Music Genius.

Hey Becky, how about "Sandwiches are beautiful, sandwiches are fine! I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time!" :P

668, I was completely unaware about DFA 1979, that is depressing! I actually gasped when I read that, that's WAY too unfortunate! Damn, just as I was getting my siblings into them, they up and call it quits. *SIGH*

Again, good job Barbara B, fantastic post!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mainstream radio is generally pretty crappy, Becky. It all seems to be either pimp 'n ho music or "classic" rock. However, a new station has just been given approval to open in Calgary, concentrating on indie music. Yay!!! I'll have to give it a listen.

Aw that's so cute, Sarah. When mine was wee she used to sing Joan Osborne's "What If God Was One Of Us" at the top of her lungs. Too cute.

Oh man 668! You've got me drooling here! You've seen the Pixies, the Replacements and the JAMC? I would love to have seen the JAMC - alsolutely legendary for their mucked up shows. I would love to hear about the fit thrown on stage!
Did you know they have remastered and rereleased 5 of their albums? I've actually been talking about them a lot recently on my homeblog and am of course taking full credit for the resurgence in interest in the JAMC.
Too bad about DFA 1979 - I blame the bad facial hair for that.
Kim Deal is extremely cool, but I'm not sure if she actually beats out Kim Gordon.

Ooo, thanks for the link, Toccata. I shall check it out - new Canadian bands being very dear to my heart.
I've been hearing a lot of buzz about Bonnie Prince Billy, but haven't actually heard any myself. Note to self: listen.
And I have to admit that I prefer Rufus Wainwright's cover of Hallelujah. He also sings Leonard Cohen better than almost anybody else.
Oh and Neko Case - love her, even though she stood me up twice this year (first not touring with the New Pornos and then cancelling from the Calgary Folk Fest). Her new album is sublime, as is her older, Furnace Room Lullaby.

She's Crafty said...

For the "Myspace-ers" on George's page there is a great pic of George with Joe Strummer.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

calgary is getting an indie station?!

ahhh.. i love the fact will oldham (AKA bonnie price billy among other aliases.)is getting some props here. will oldham is definately in my top ten of favourite artists.

toccata - you are right. oldham's stuff tends to run more down than up.

Barbara B - while you are tracking done cash/strummer's version of redemption song, look for johnny cash's cover of will oldham's 'i see a darkness' (with will oldham doing backing vocals. it just about kills me everytime i hear it. it is my all time favourite cover tune by cash. his version is more hopeful than oldham's. but if i'm just a bit blue, it still sends me right over the edge.

ok, time to stop singing oldham's praises now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Sarah - I used my kid's account to look at that photo. I remember George telling the story about meeting Joe Strummer and trying to figure out ways to get him to say Clash lyrics in his answers. Great stuff!
Have you seen the documentary "Let's Rock Again", about Strummer's last tour? It's very funny and sad.

668 - you never have to worry about singing a favourite musician's praises too much around me! You should hear me go on and on, especially when I make a new discovery. It's a bit of a standing joke among my friends.
Definitely checking out Will Oldham on your recommendation. It will take my mind off Elliott Brood...

Toccata said...

All this talk of music made me think about my cat. Sounds weird I know but he too is moved by music. He hates Shostakovich. All of it. As soon as Shostakovich starts pumping out of the stereo he is flying down the stairs meowing loud enough for the whole neighbourhood to hear demanding I let him out now!

When I was in my classical only days my sister in law was always sending me stuff trying to make me more cool. One Christmas she sent me a CD by Jewel. I had never heard of her but as soon as I put it on my cat came running and parked himself in front of the stereo. Jewel has the same effect as catnip on him. My cat is in love with Jewel! Rather sad but there's no accounting for taste.

Once again hats off to Barbara B and everyone that has responded tonight. I've had an awesome night checking on the different posts and playing my tunes.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's amazing about your cat, Toccata! I've honestly never heard of such a thing before. I know mine's not crazy about My Bloody Valentine, but I think it's an issue with the feedback.
My family reacts to my singing along with The Messiah very similarly to the way your cat reacts to Shostakovich.
That was tonnes of fun talking tunes with all you guys - you sure know your music!

Anonymous said...

DFA called it quits... ... ... *sniff sniff* another one bites the dust

She's Crafty said...

For those of you who need to hear the DFA news straight, go to www.deathfromabove1979.com
for the explanation. Well at least we still have "mstrkrft"...but it's just not the same.

She's Crafty said...

Is the music for "The Hour" going to change now? I imagine that it would have anyway, sigh.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

when i was young, i had a budgie that would squawk along to kiss songs, but only ones that gene simmons sang. i could never figure out if he liked them or disliked them. of course, i never really knew if he was a he or a she either....:)


Barbara B - i always try and remember how lucky i've been in that i have been able to see a LOT of bands live. and now you have freaked out.. it's not my fault if you don't like will oldham! toccata mentioned him too! hee hee...

the joe strummer doc is great. and if you like rock n roll docs, another good one is 'we jam econo-the story of the minutemen'.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It is sad about DFA, Anony. I hate it when Canadian bands split. We need more Canadian bands! Are you with me, people?

Sarah, the problem I have with "mstrkrft" is I never know how to pronounce it. I keep wanting to say "muskrat" but that's not right... Yeah, I wonder what other changes will be in store for us on The Hour this fall...

A Gene Simmons loving/possibly hating budgie, 668 ... You folks have had some pretty weird pets.
That minutemen doc sounds good. I also need to see "I am Trying to Break Your Heart" (about Wilco) but haven't been able to find it.

Barbara said...

John Graham Mellor (August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002) better known as Joe Strummer, was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash, and later The Mescaleros.

Since I did not know who you'all were talking about I did reseach. Takes me some time to catch up on new music, but forget about it, I am so lost when you are talking Punk music. sorry.
I don't know how my budgies feel about punk music either. They chirp to all kinds of music though.

I even looked up deathfromabove1979
thanks to the link Sarah gave. It looked like a friendly breakup so to speak. I don't see why The Hour would stop playing it, but that is up to The Hour I guess. We'll find out soon enough.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well good job on the research Barbara W! You did very well.

I'll bet your budgies love the Clash.

hilary m. said...

Wow. I'm a little late to post. But I love your choices. Mary Gauthier reminds me a bit of Lucinda Williams, that kinda sounds cliche. But the resemblance isn't a bad thing, my parents love Lucinda (they were there for her recorded concerts at the Fillmore in San Francisco). I also like that song, I remember George mentioning it in Calgary.

I was listening to "Fairytale of New York" on my way home from my cottage, also great.

I can't listen to "Redemption Song" by Joe Strummer too much, it makes me cry. The version with Joe and Johnny Cash off one of his "American" cds makes me even more tearful, it's amazing. I'll really miss both of them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Lucinda Williams is another singer I want to hear more of, Hilary; I've not heard much of her work, but I can certainly hear the resemblance to Mary Gauthier. Your parents have had some great concert experiences, from what I've heard.

I think Fairytale of New York is the only Christmas song one can listen to when returning from the cottage in August haha.

Confession: Joe's cover makes me weepy too, but the worst is Silver and Gold from Streetcore, just the way it ends with the words "I've got to hurry up before I grow too old", and then you hear Joe say "that's a take". And it was indeed the take.

Toccata said...

Thanks Barbara B for the 3 links to the songs you mentioned in the original post. I had not heard any of them before today. They all sing with such raw emotion that it was impossible to listen without crying. Tears aside they were three wonderful choices.

Loved the budgie story 668 and also the fact that you too are an Oldham fan!

Once again this has been an awesome post. I was telling a friend about it today and saying just how nice it is to find a blog with like minded people and "meeting" people that seem so well sorry for the cliche but nice.

P.S. If you get a chance listen to Matthew Barber's Bad Side Hide from his "Sweet Nothing" CD. As soon as I hear the horns playing I want to get up and dance.

A special note to Barbara B and all Neko Case fans I also enjoy and recommend her 2004 CD, "The Tigers Have Spoken". On it she sings a Buffy Saint Marie song that I find myself singing around the apartment all the time.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

can i say again what a great original post this was?!

i was at a friend's for dinner and afterwards, we hung out watching a ton of old clash tv appearances ...sigh.

i've been getting into lucinda williams recently. i can't get her song 'righteously' out of my mind...

as for will oldham, i love the work he did under the various palace monikers.. especially the lp 'viva last blues'.

i can listen to fairytale of new york any time...:)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Firstly, my apologies for not answering you, Alana. I missed you in the crowd there. Thanks for the props - it was Barbara W's idea originally - I just went with it.
I am amazed and gratified at the level of knowledge and the diversity that all you folks have. It's great company.

Secondly, I am breaking out the notebook. I've got some websites to look into and I can just tell I'm going to be spending some more money on cds. But isn't that what money is for?
I like buying cds, personally - sure they fill up my entire house, but I love the liner notes and the cover art.

Horn section in rock, Toccata? Love it! I'll definitely need to check into Matthew Barber's cd as well. And the Tigers Have Spoken is awesome. I love Neko's and the Sadies' treatment of Wayfaring Stranger.

I saw a bit of old Clash footage on tv last night, too, 668, but just the very end. It was pretty grainy but great nontheless.

I have a hankering to do another The Hour musical post in the near future, if you guys can stand it. Some of the actual pieces that George covered - not just song recommendations - bear a second look, in my opinion. Stay tuned!

hilary m. said...

You're right Barbara, Silver and Gold gets me too. The way he sings it, and the lyrics... it's so sad.

And that musical post sounds like a great idea!

Evelyne said...

Thanks Barbara and to all of you who responded, I was a bit lost a the beginning and I'll have to buy a lot of cds.
And guys you're right a notebook is needed while watching The Hour for books, movies or cds! But this post is a good reminder of what I want to buy (I took "notes" during The Hour in my maths, physics, french or chemistry notebooks and it's knida messed up)
Thanks again!

Barbara said...

On a personal note, I will be in Toronto tomorrow. I know George is coming home to Toronto soon as well. I won't have time to organize the welcome home parade for the boy but I am sure others can take care of that. I will be working at The Aids Conference then I might be starting another job right after that. I think I am really going to be busy working in Toronto. I will always make time for The Hour, music, and blogging of course. I might even have time to unpack by labour day.
To the Stroumboulopouli, remember we are supposed to meet in Toronto to go see The Hour together. Well we better start making plans to do that. I can squeeze 4 of you in my car. If you bring a sleeping bag you can stay with me in my cozy basement. :-) Hey you can even help me unpack and decorate..lol

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Maybe you need a dedicated The Hour notebook, Evelyne. I have one that is used stricly for blogging - lyrics and quotes and the like. Now I need an Hour one as well.

It's a good thing you clarified that invitation was for the Stroumboulopouli, Barbara W, or you may end up with the entire audience of The Hour on your doorstep one night, looking for a place to stay.
Although that might be pretty fun actually.

hilary m. said...

I like the idea about the notebook Evelyne. There's a whole bunch of stuff that kinda sticks in my head after the Hour, but soon I forget it. Sometimes I write it down on napkins and stuff, but notebooks are much cooler.

Is there any invites to the Toronto trip to fans of the Stroumboulopouli? I'd be interested in participating.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And there are so many really cute notebooks you can get too, Hilary. Mine has a big old ladybug on it.
I'm going to let Barbara W handle your question about the Toronto trip, Hilary, as I don't really know much about it myself.

coach said...

that a great list of music !

Barbara said...

Well I just arrived in Toronto!
If you saw my cosy basement at the moment I think you would decline the kind invite. I need a few things. like carpet, or a place to hang my clothes. I realy should ask my sister/roomate first before inviting everybody...
:-)
But I am willing to drive people around, now that I have got over my fear of driving in Toronto. See all it takes is driving for seven hours then finding my new address. Which I did. I should know the neighbourhood around CBC very well by the time I finish my job at the AIDS conference. So let me be your guide. I don't know where I will be working in October so just give me a bit of notice when your coming down and we'll go see The Hour together.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thank Coach! I'm glad you like the list. I love that so many people are passionate about music!

Thanks for letting us know you made it, Barbara W. Welcome to the centre of the known universe. I'm sure you'll love it there.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

ok, because of this post, i have in the past 24 hours bought four new cd's and a dvd. oddly, nothing from this list, but all the talk about music gave me itchy palms that could only be cured by getting my paws on some new music.

whoo hoo .. road trip to TO! just kiddin'. although i have only seen the hour taped four times, which bothers me because i dislike that number. so, i need to make that five one day. actually now that i think about it, i may be in the toronto area for the opening show...

barbara b - it looks like you like the singer/songwriter genre .. are you familiar with an artist named ben lee? oh, and i have also been directed to you in a quest of mine...if you get a chance, check out my blog entry entitled "where have all the good pancakes gone?"

barbara w- i am so jealous of your TO move.. i have been trying to do that one for years... one day... one day...

hilary m. said...

I'm missing out Barbara B.! Mine are just the red, boring school notebooks that are big and floppy. I need a notebook makeover.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I accept no responsibility for monies spent as a result of getting all hyped from these conversation, 668. Because I just know I will be spending a bunch soon myself. Megatunes anyone?
I don't know Ben Lee (man there are a lot of musicians I don't know, I'm finding out), but will fix that. And I am looking forward to finding out where all the good pancakes have gone.

Hilary, I specifically asked for a notebook for Christmas, that's how lame I am. But the bargain bins are great places for finding unqiue (albeit sometimes ugly) notebooks.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

barbara b - i LOVE ben lee, but i don't hard sell him like will oldham because not everyone i know likes him. i think perhaps he is too poppy for a lot of my 'cool' friends. anyways, the reason i bring it up to you, is because he's doing a show in calgary at broken city (which i am jealous, he plays bigger venues here) at the end of august. so i thought you might want to take a listen. his website is www.ben-lee.com but he's the free single download this week at i-tunes. i swear, i don't work for him...:)

She's Crafty said...

I have a blue notebook w/ the Adidas originals logo, of course. Those of you who frequent my blog may be wondering if everything I own is Adidas. The answer: pretty much!)

B.B. I have decided that even if I searched out new music everyday, in my lifetime. I would never catch up with what I don't know about!
That's what friends are for ;)

She's Crafty said...

I have a blue notebook w/ the Adidas originals logo, of course. Those of you who frequent my blog may be wondering if everything I own is Adidas. The answer: pretty much!)

B.B. I have decided that even if I searched out new music everyday, in my lifetime. I would never catch up with what I don't know about!
That's what friends are for ;)

She's Crafty said...

Please delete the double comment for me! Ooops!

She's Crafty said...

Okay blogger is playing games w/ me so...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll do that, 668 - thanks.
I'm all for the smaller venues too, standing, preferably. Actually I avoid dome shows at all costs, even though I am going to one next month.

I'm thinking of cloning myself, Sarah, just for that very reason.
And let's leave it all the double posts because they're so cute, and it is so life affirming to know that others struggle with blogger at times too.

Anonymous said...

On The Strombo show once there was a discussion of John Lennon and his music, of whom I think George is an advocate, thank goodness. 'Give Peace A Chance' was playing on the radio as I was reading about the foiled air plot this morning. Lennon’s music is so relevant. Love it !

Alice

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

this has nothing to do with music, but for anyone interested and doesn't know yet, george is in the new issue of tv guide.

hilary m. said...

I remember when I met George in March, we talked about the Beatles, causeI brought a "Yellow Submarine" notebook for him to sign. He signed on the page with George Harrison and said that he liked thier later stuff better than thier early stuff, and vice versa with the Stones. I tend to agree, although there are some exceptions. I also remember him saying he though George H. was the most virtuosic of the group, which I definitely agree with. Lennon wrote some great pop songs though.

Alana said...

Very interesting! I wonder what the corresponding article has to say...

Thanks 668!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah, Lennon wrote about some pretty timeless issues, Alice. How surreal on the timing of its playing this morning.
I've never been a huge Beatles affectionato, Hilary - always leaned more to the Stones myself. (EARLY Stones, don't get me started on how some people need to retire...)

668 and Alana, I imagine George mom will be collecting that for the scrapbooks. I know I would be. Man, his mom must have a pile of scrapbooks!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

in the age old question of beatles vs. stones i always answer.. can i have the who or the kinks instead.

it's an article on the sexiest canadians on tv.. he is named as sexiest newsman.

Anonymous said...

this may not be REALLY cool, but there is a cover of Queens Bohemian Rhapsody by this group called The Braids on youtube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yKseQ7FRb-E

i really like the original song and stummbled across this cover.

i warn you...i kinda like this modern version (well, modern circa 1995) because of the female voices, but i'm not sure if you guys will like it. just putting it out there...

Tammy

Anonymous said...

just to be clear, the original is still WAY better!

Tammy

Alana said...

668, that makes a whole lot of sense. I'd have to agree he's the sexiest newsman. I wonder how close Peter Mansbridge came in that ranking? :P

Tammy, that version of Bohemian Rhapsody is from the "High School High" soundtrack, that was one of my favorite songs when I was about 13 or 14. It's kind of R&B-ish, it's a good song, in my opinion.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ian Handsomemansing is a contender too!

I quite like Wayne and Garth's cover of Bohemian Rhapsody. kidding.

Alana said...

Oh come on, Wayne and Garth do it so well!

In the car with the guy in the backseat that needs to "spew"...classic.

I should watch that tonight...

hilary m. said...

I'm very mad at all the terrorists right now, aside from the obvious reasons my friend was supposed to leave from Heathrow today. I wanted to see her! But now I'm pretty sure she's not gonna be here today.

I can never say anything when it comes to comparing classic rock bands like the Beatles and the Stones. They're pretty different.

My mum seems to like Ian "Handsomemansing" too. I bet she has a crush on all male CBC personalities younger than her, with an exception of Rick Mercer.

Anonymous said...

i think the only thing that REALLY matters right now is that those planes didn't explode. they may have. but didn't .

Tammy

hilary m. said...

I agree, Tammy. Those people must feel very fortunate. But what a scary experience, just to think of what might've happened.

The comments have officially gotten to the stage where I must collapse them, in fear of hurting my middle finger from scrolling.

Alana said...

Yup, BarbB has definitely claimed "Most Comments In A Post" status. :)

It really has inspired such an array of conversation, it's awesome!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

ian handsomemansing....definately needs to be up there. i was just discussing that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think it was Bill Richardson from the Roundup who first pinned that name on Ian. I've been using it ever since.

Your friend will make it here from the UK eventually, Hilary, but she must be feeling very vulnerable right now - having flight plans so shortly after the plot was foiled.
What does your mom have against Rick Mercer, anyway?

This post HAS taken on a life of its own, hasn't it. You guys are so much fun, nobody wants to go home.

hilary m. said...

Oh she loves Rick, Barbara. But I don't think she has a crush on him. He could be like her BFF or something. Maybe I should check with her if she wants to be BFF's with Rick Mercer.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Make sure you ask Rick too, Hilary!

hilary m. said...

Oh, of course Barbara. How could I forget that?

Anonymous said...

i'm still waiting for George's personal website to be done. it's been a long and painful wait and i ain't letting it go that easy. lol. he's probably busy. and it's his birthday on the 16th!!!!

Tammy

Barbara said...

Thats why we should get a chat room connected to this blog just for George/TheHour/CBC chat.

Next project...

Barbara said...

I always thought of him as Ian Hunkofmansing... but thats just me.

She's Crafty said...

My girlfriend and I were waiting to go to the Adidas launch of the Sleek series, that's us in the pic that's too small to see. I'm in the middle. Back on topic Ian walked by us, if I'd know he was so popular I would have said hey!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm counting on you to ask Rick nicely, Hilary, because your mom is counting on you.

I imagine these things are a bit of work to set up, Tammy. I'll bet it's ready before the new season.

Poor Ian - guy's got more names than Dick Tracy has clues (and if that reference means anything to you, you are older than you are letting on).
Chat room, Barbara W? I don't know - I already spend too way much time online.

You should always say hey, Sarah!

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