There was a time when today was earmarked for a momentous post. My Life is a Song turns 100 today. And while this series won’t be joining Toronto Rocks, Q107’s Top 10 at 10, or VH1’s Classic Albums in the annals of awesome music shows, making a weekly appearance for nearly two consecutive years is a milestone worthy of a little pat on the back.
Alas, all good things come to an end. The same can be said of mediocre things like this. Since I shocked the blogosphere by announcing I’m quitting (sort of) a couple weeks ago, it should come as no surprise that My Life is a Song will be retiring at 100. For now, at least.
To honour this dual occasion, I’m going to do something a little different today. I won’t be sharing a cute little anecdote from my past. Nor will I be choosing a single song or posting a video. Instead, I’d like do something special and draw the attention of my modest but loyal audience to a friend of mine who did something I not only admire, in terms of sheer dedication and chutzpa, but also think is quite excellent.
I’ve long fantasized of writing a song. So much so, I even dreamed that I had once. I think songwriters are amazing artists. And hell, writing even just one hit song is a brilliant retirement plan that just keeps on giving. Sadly, I am no musician. I cannot play other people’s music let alone write my own. Thus, I’m particularly impressed when I meet someone who can and has done both. Such is the case with my good friend Colleen Cole.
Colleen has written and recorded an entire album of wonderful music. When I heard she was attempting this feat I was my typical curmudgeonly skeptic self. Personal experience had left me rather cynical towards such creative aspirations. But when I received the final product and had a listen I was shocked and delighted. Not only had she followed through on her dream, it was damned good too! I have so much respect for her and her musical accomplishment.
What better way to kick off your weekend, celebrate 100 episodes of My Life is a Song, and commemorate the final posting on A Crock of Schmidt for a while, than to enjoy Colleen Cole’s 2007 debut release Other People’s Drama in its entirety! Unfortunately, there are no music videos to post so you’ll have to do a little work yourselves on this one. You can play all her songs on her personal webpage here:
Those on Spotify can find it here (I think …. I’m not a big Spotify user):
And if you love what you hear, you can buy the music here:
My personal favourite is “Happy Ending” but there are many terrific tracks on this great creation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.