Connections. Arguably one of the top five non-fictional, science programs of all time, Connections was a stellar late-seventies BBC program about science and history and how seemingly unrelated events combined to get us to where we are today. Or in the case of its original broadcast, 1978. I became infatuated with this program in my […]
1995. My entire life as it currently exists (in this known universe) can be traced back to one decision set in motion that year. Okay, the decision was actually made in 1994, but it all happened starting in 1995 and it led directly, though circuitously, to where I am now and all that surrounds me.
For reasons that defy deep scrutiny, this song more than any other, encapsulates Alberta to me. In particular, the rural community I’ve been privy to visit sporadically thanks to my aunt and uncle who’ve lived in such surroundings for the past thirty-five years. I realize this association doesn’t make much sense. The poor, Southern, coal-mining […]
I don’t think I have a story to share with this song. Not all songs need a story, I suppose. It’s a great song. Perhaps that is enough. If I were to write anything here to make this post longer than a Tweet, I guess I would question why any woman would willingly go by […]
For a few years bookending the turn of the millennium, another wonderful tradition played out at my aunt and uncle’s small farm in central Alberta. I speak, of course, of the legendary New Year’s Eve bonfires. During the preceding year a healthy stockpile of wood based refuse, be it windfall from around the farm or […]
If there’s one thing I’d pinpoint as the worst part of being a stay-at-home parent it has to be the fact that long weekends quickly lose their exceptionality. Not only do they become meaningless with regard to my daily life, but they all too regularly become completely forgotten. Such was the case this past August […]
Love songs can be … … nauseating. As my children assert their musical tastes on the household, my ears are increasingly besieged by the stomach churning bilge that is a pop music ballads. Not that rock ballads or, god forbid, country ballads are much better and I say that as someone who greatly appreciated when […]
Greatest Hits albums are a wonderful invention. Long before music went digital and became “free”, the only way to feasibly accumulate the hit songs from an otherwise uninteresting artist was to either tape them off the radio over the course of potentially years or buy a Greatest Hits collection. If you were lucky, the artist […]
It’s time for another abrupt change of pace with these songs. Late sixties Country should do the trick. This is another song bursting with nostalgia for me and once again harken back to my Grandma and Grandpa Schmidt’s various camper vans and motorhomes.