Just discovered this video. The driver seems to be coming into the city from the country, but for me it really captures hitting the highway, headed for the country away from the city. Once I get past the heavy traffic and can relax a bit, it’s time to crank up the Ibiza and open the moonroof–in winter I can still pull back the solid hatch so the light shines through!
Sorry Tom Cochrane. Life might be a highway for you. But for me, it’s so much more!
- Wild Sight in Middle of Busy Highway (aol.com)
- Ibiza Holidays (ebookers.com)
- Snow Closes California Highways, Yields Tornado (insurancejournal.com)
- Arizona Highway Decides To Stop Being A Highway And Breaks In Half Instead (jalopnik.com)
- Cows cause traffic mess on highway (wwlp.com)
I’ve discovered a new parish that has Mass at 5:15 p.m. every weekday. One of the greatest secrets to my success is regular Mass attendance. Some may think that’s incongruous with the freewheeling, open-minded style that I portray. But actually, as one guy once said to me… “Jesus was the first hippie.”
Anyhow, here’s the view on my way to that parish. Took this last night just after sunset.
Am working on a new Chill tune called “Are you an evil mystik, mister?” It’s actually several years old. I wrote it shortly after moving to Toronto from Ottawa. Had just bought a new keyboard and was eager to get into digital recording. I knew even less back then than I do now, so just did a couple of takes using the keyboard’s auto-accompaniment mode. Those takes are okay but I’m now doing a new version entirely from scratch. It’s slow going but a lot of fun, and a great way to learn REAPER, the software I’m using.
Isn’t it a Pity (my cover, that is) is on hold, mostly because I lost interest and also because I don’t want to work my butt off and then find out that I can’t even post it on YouTube or SoundCloud due to copyright issues.
So… it’s back to my own stuff. I’ve got the audio equip. set up in the basement, which in Canada can get pretty chilly in the winter months. Electricity costs too much IMHO to justify using a space heater for hours on end, so I rigged up a temporary room divider, consisting of two shower curtains stapled together. This keeps a smaller area warm as the flow from the heating vent has less distance to travel and less colder air to mingle with.
Chill is cool but cold sucks…
drove out to the country yesterday… was nice to get out of the city, even if it took about an hour to get past all the box warehouses and tacky suburban development… seems toronto sprawls more and more every year… makes you wonder if someday the entire Earth will just be an icky urban developer’s dream…
I woke up this morning to the sound of the garbage truck… looking feebly out my window I realized I’d forgotten to put the trash out last night and it was too late to make it just then.
But I did manage to get some good work done b4 having to go out. A few years ago I wrote a short entry at earthpages.ca about ‘false consciousness.’ Today I updated it.
After going downtown I wrote the following. Oh, and btw, I did manage to get the garbage out after all… the truck came around to the other side of the street in the late afternoon.
From False Consciousness at earthpages.ca:
Another example might be what I saw today on Yonge St. in downtown Toronto. A sort of weather-beaten looking fellow who might have been living on the streets was wearing a brand new Globe and Mail baseball jacket with fine gold lettering on black. The Globe and Mail is Canada’s conservative newspaper. I’ve heard it called an “old man’s” paper, meaning that it generally represents the interests of conservatives with quite a bit of money. And I think it would strike some neoMarxists as ironic – and a proof of false consciousness – that this fellow was wearing that particular jacket.
- HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Detroit Nears Bankruptcy: Unemploy… (pjmedia.com)
- Ideology and Meanings in Communication (prmarketingcommunication.wordpress.com)
- False Consciousness and the Sleeping Public (allcoppedout.wordpress.com)
When I was a kid the second bargain priced record I bought was The Best of the Guess Who, Vol. 2. It’s long since gone from my collection, but thank God for YouTube. Listening to this one brings back childhood memories of listening to vinyl records in my room in Toronto, sitting in the back seat of the station wagon (remember those?) on the way up to Collingwood for skiing, and racing around in motor boats at Georgian Bay.
Like the record, all that’s pretty much gone from my life now… well, everything but the listening to music part.
It’s true that this band had a string of AM hits in Canada (and some in the US) during the 70s, but I think we all knew they were good but not quite as good as, say, The Who.
- Bachman & Turner ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ in New Will Ferrell Film (spinner.com)
- The Joy of Public Broadcasting (pureandsimpleliving.wordpress.com)
- Burton Cummings and Don McLean at NYCB Theater at Westbury- An “American” Night (musiccourt.wordpress.com)
- Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 11 (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
- Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 30 (popdose.com)
- The First Chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” (929dave.radio.com)