Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Post 2651 - This And That

Hey, folks. Sorry I didn't write last night. Ever since I fired my ghost writers earlier this month, I have been scrambling to provide fresh content every day. Since it is just me doing all the work again, and there are only so many hours in the day, I fear that I will miss a day here and there going forward. I apologize.

A couple of days ago, Patriica won two skybox tickets to the April 30th Gordon Lightfoot concert at the Metro Centre. I began to crow about it on Sunday on my Facebook and at coffee with the boys on Monday. Much to my surprise, shock even, a couple of my chums claimed never to have heard of Mr. Lightfoot.

Make no mistake. There are recording artists from the 1960's and 1970's whom I grew up listening to, and whom I wish I had never heard of. There are people whose songs are still played on the dwindling-number of classic hit stations in this market.  All I can say about that is that I am glad there is a dwindling-number of classic hit stations in this market. In all too many cases, I am sick unto death of this music. I'm talking to you, ZZ Top, and Rolling Stones,  and Eagles and all you other old farts. Retire, why don't you?

Gordon Lightfoot would typically be one of those people I listed above, but his music, the good stuff at least, has a hypnotic quality, and his lyrics are open to enough interpretation that repeated listenings do not go unrewarded. "If You Could Read My Mind" is a song that carried me through some tough times. "Sundown" is only a tune that every man who's honest with himself, can relate to. "Black Day In July", his comment about the 1967 Detroit race riots, was banned in the United States for many years. There are so many others.

I am sure my friend at work has at least heard some of his songs and perhaps wondered who performed them. He need wonder no longer.

In other news, Tim Bousquet, late of Halifax's alternative weekly The Coast, has announced that he is starting his own news-oriented website. He will do more of the long-form investigative pieces he's best known for as well as express his opinions on whatever he wants to at any given time. He promises it will be behind a somewhat permeable pay wall. My wording; not his. He hasn't announced what the website will be called, but I am going on record and stating that I will sign up for it as soon as I hear about it.

Tim's recent blog posts discuss his thoughts behind what he has in mind. I suggest you at least scan the April posts and see where he is coming from.  Here is the link.

As I have mentioned before, it is entirely due to Tim Bousquet that the police reopened the investigation into the Holly Bartlett death. The Fifth Estate would never have done that piece on CBC television had it not been for the heavy lifting that Tim did all by himself. I have not always agreed with him, but I strongly defend his right to express those opinions, and I look forward to reading his unexpurgated pieces on his soon-to-be-named website.

Best of luck, Tim Bousquet!!

I will try to live blog the Gordon Lightfoot concert tomorrow night. Just sayin'.

See you tomorrow.


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