Christmas Covers


Re-Post at 12/23/09
Horrible photo, I know, but I wanted to show you what my neighbours house looks like. We have tour buses, cars, police cars, and pedestrians on our street just to see this Christmas display. They do it for charity, I think they are raising funds for Sick Kids Hospital. It is overpowering but not to bad, it's just that when you drive up to the house your blinded by the lights of the display and cars that are parked looking at the house.

Today we finally got our Christmas Tree, Wife picked me up at work (I took a long lunch), we drove north for a hour, whiteouts (for those of you who don't know what that is - a snow storm with strong winds that makes everything white) for most of it. Got to the tree farm, after about 30 minutes walking around in two foot deep snow, we found a tree. (12 ft tall). Some really nice people also picking their tree at the last minute had a chain saw, so they helped me cut it down, drag it back to the shed, and put it up on top of my van. Then we drove back to Toronto, wife dropped me off at work and she took the tree home.

Anyway, not sure I'm going to be able to do another post before Christmas, so I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas songs and covers of it.


Fairytale of New York = The Pogues w/ Kristy MacColl {buy}
Fairytale of New York = Ron Keating & Marie Brennan {buy}
Fairytale of New York = Stars {buy}
Fairytale of New York = York Scotland Yard Gospel Choir {buy}
Fairytale of New York = No Use For A Name {buy}
Fairytale of New York = Various Artists on Cold Blow These Winter Winds

Just to remind you. December is not always the most joyful month. We lost Joe Strummer six years ago today, and John Lennon 28 years ago. Remember the special people in your life and keep them close.
Enjoy the season, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and whatever else you might be celebrating.


Merry Christmas 2008

Just for you a Christmas special .. a collection of Blackadder Christmas shows, enjoy.
Music to come later


Cancon II


Just a little game for a long weekend (not here in Canada but down in the States - it's their Thanksgiving), Middle (that is what I call my 14 year old) is in a (Ice) hockey tournament in Pittsburgh PA ( a good 5 1/2 hour drive this afternoon), so yes I am taking a long weekend. She's a goalie, not a bad one, or at least I think so. It should be good, a bunch or hockey loving families heading to the states for a tournament weekend and shopping (no tax on cloths in Pennsylvania)

Anyway .. here are the rules for what makes a song Cancon:
(the MAPL system):
M (music) - the music is composed entirely by a Canadian.
A (artist) - the music and/or the lyrics are performed principally by a Canadian.
P (production) - the musical selection consists of a live performance that is (i) recorded wholly in Canada, or (ii) performed wholly in Canada and broadcast live in Canada.
L (lyrics) - the lyrics are written entirely by a Canadian.

So the game is -> what makes the following songs Cancon? Post your answers in the comments and lets see who gets all four right.

Stompin' Tom Connors - Good Old Hockey Game {buy}

Ashely MacIsaac - Rusty Deconstruction {buy}

Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth {buy}

Rufus Wainwright & Martha Wainwright - Hallelujah (live at Glastonbury Festival 2007)

Enjoy the long weekend if you get one. Or just enjoy the day,


Okay .. sit down drink a "POP" (aka Beer) and watch this... Don Cherry with Rick Mercer .. pure Canadian humour.


Zoom of CN Tower

Robin Williams is in town at Massey Hall for two days this week, and I am not going ... dang nab it! I tried to get tickets but they were gone within minutes.

Anyway if you get to go have fun, if not here are a couple MP3's by Robin

Fire by Elmer Fudd
Blame Canada
Come Together



Not sure what radio is like in other countries, but Canada has a rule that we call CanCon (Canadian Content) which has been around since 1971.

To give you a quick overview of what Cancon is, presently Canadian radio stations must play at least 35% Canadian talent. (back when the CRTC implemented it in the 70's it was around 20%)They use a rule called MAPL , that breaks down how talent can be classified as Canadian. There have be fights left right and centre on this, that it cultural protectionism, that talentless bands getting airplay, marginally Canadian artists falling under CanCon rules (Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf) etc....

In my opinion one of the best things about Cancon was Canadian kids getting recorded and put on radio. Over the years CanCon has gave rise to some really good musical movements across the country. Toronto/southern Ontario in the late 70's, Vancouver in the 80's and Halifax in the 90's. Radio stations needed to fill time, so they went looking for music and found it where ever they could. One of these stations was CFNY, they needed Canadian content to fit into their format (new wave/punk/alternative = different from top 40/AOR that was so prevalent in North American radio in the late 70's). So bands got airplay, which meant more people got to hear them, so that more people went to their concerts .. I went to see Teenage Head at the Roxy in Barrie not long before the Ontario Place Riot.

Anyway .. here are some of bands from that late 70's scene in Toronto.

The Viletones - Screaming Fist {buy}
Teenage Head - Kissin' the Carpet {buy}
Forgotten Rebels - Surfin on Heroin {buy}

If you have a moment check out the link for The Last Pogo.net .. I was to young to go to the original, and this time I'll be out of the country so I won't get to see it again, but if your in Toronto on the 29th of November head on down to The Horseshoe Tavern for the 30th anniversary of The Last Pogo!


October 29th 2008 8:45 am, Snow at York U on my way to work.

Snow from the car Oct 29/08

Snowed last night, earliest that I have seen it snow in years. Welcome to winter!

The US election is almost over, for what seems to be two years the country to the south of us has been in the process of choosing who will run them for the next four years. Enough already, elect the buggers and get it over with. I am so tired of hearing about who is right. Who is a socialist (what does the states know of socialism?) It took Canada 5 weeks to set up, run the election and elect a PM. We have also gotten what we deserve, less the 50% turn out and another four years of a conservative government. Lucky us.

I figure Harper called the election early so that he would not have to compete with a Democrat winning in the US.

Enjoy the music
Gladys Knight and the Pips - I Heard It Through The Grapevine. {Buy}
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine. {Buy}
Ella Fitzgerald - I Heard It Through The Grapevine. {Buy}
The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine. {Buy}



Losing Frankie the other day, made me want to listen to my Teenage Head albums again, so last night I setup the TTUSB and ripped their self titled first album "Teenage Head"


Teenage Head - Picture My Face {buy}


This is just sad .. Frankie Venom, lead singer of Teenage Head has passed away from cancer.

Canadian punk band lead singer dies of cancer
The Canadian Press

October 16, 2008

Hamilton -- Frank Kerr, lead singer of the iconic Hamilton punk band Teenage Head, has died of cancer at age 52.

Gord Lewis, his bandmate and close friend since childhood, said Mr. Kerr died yesterday at a Hamilton hospital. He had been diagnosed less than a month ago with throat cancer.

To his fans, Mr. Kerr was known as Frankie Venom, a wildly unpredictable stage persona seemingly capable of anything when standing in front of a microphone.

"Frankie was the true punk rocker. He really was," said Mr. Lewis, who founded the band in 1975 with Mr. Kerr while they were students in high school. "But that's what made him interesting. I thrived off his abilities and his energy."

Mr. Kerr and the band had their biggest hits with their first two albums, Teenage Head (1979) and Frantic City (1980).

This is just a shame. I remember slam danceing and pogoing to the Head at the Roxy in Barrie, I must have seen this band at least 20 times. The last time was in Vancouver in the 80's. Great songs, lots of energy, lots of fun.

Bye Frankie.


I had always thought that the great bluesmen/folk singers were song writers in their own right. Not that they weren't, but if you take a song like "House of the Rising Sun" made famous by the Animals in the 60's. You suddenly see the history behind a simple song.
I always knew that Eric Burdon hadn't written it, I've got a copy of Leadbelly performing it (Great double album compilation called Blues Anthology UK) awesome song, but nothing like the Animals version (Leadbelly's version if from the view point of a man attending a brothel, not a gambler). But the Animals don't seem to have taken it from Leadbelly. Dylan did a cover just a year or two before the Animals released theirs. Before him, Nina Simone and other artists, then recording history seems to take "House of the Rising Sun" into hazy realm of recording and playing by numerous artists to the point where music historians can't figure out who wrote the song. The melody seems to have come from a traditional English ballad, refined by the American folk, bluegras and blues musicians.
Music history is so cool.


Leadbelly - In New Orleans {buy}

Nina Simone - House of the Rising Sun {buy}

Bob Dylan - House of the Rising Sun {buy}

This is about my speed. Guitar lesson for "House of the Rising Sun" from Guitar Noise .com


Okay is this sad or is this sad. A 45 year old fat man who likes Art, Flowers, gardening, cooking and watching young dancers. Yes!!!! I've found another TV show to watch with wife, one that I can enjoy. Hell I didn't get my IPod or pick up my book for two hours.

Tune into "So You Think You Can Dance Canada", I just spent two hours watching the show and enjoyed just about every minute. Is every dancer fantastic, no. Are the judges fair and even, no. But you do get to watch some really hot young dancers showing off their skills, take a few minutes and sit down and watch it, it's worth the time.

The last couple of the night did a entertaining job to Sam & Dave's Soul Man {Buy}. Give it a listen.


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I started to write a whinny post about pondering my position in the relevance of life and if I'm important to anyone outside of my own little circle. You know that whine of "where is my 15 seconds of fame." And then I realized who gives a fuck. Work is work, living is living and if you get a few minutes of joy each day your doing fine.

Enjoy the following

Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula {Buy}

John Lennon - Be Bop A Lula {Buy}

The Clash - Be Bop A Lula {Buy ? }

Be Bop A Lula Guitar Tab


I don't want to get political, but we are about to have a election here in Canada. The conservatives are probably going to stay in power and Harper seems to be trying to make us into "Little America". The video above is a great response to his cuts in Cultural spending. Hopefully we can get the NDP and Liberals to form a coalition government to defeat Harper. (Do you think they are that smart?)

I support the funding of Canadian arts. Do you?



An number of months ago at another blog I was in discussion with a friend about the release of Paul McCartny's new ablum and the fact that Starbucks was selling and representing Paul .

Which started me thinking about Music, how it's been produced, distrubited over the last century and how the industry keeps getting itself into a rut that it can't seem to extract itself from, but always seems to be able to slowly (at great expense to us the music buying public) reivent itself.

I like the idea of Starbucks getting into cd production, artist representation and sales. I think its a great way to get people to buy music. You buy a coffee, you see a CD, impulse buy. It's the best way to cash in on the sales cycle. Don't let the sucker think to much.

Before the turn of the century music was presented live, you either saw it in a theatre where it was performed by traveling shows, then if you liked the songs or show you would go out buy the sheet music and play it at home or at a social event. The artist wasn't as important as the song writer/sheet music company, this was where the money was made. You had things like Tin Pan Alley, the Brill Building, Broadway and the theatre district of East End London. I'm sure there are other enclaves around the world that did the same thing. Businesses where song writers would pump out lyrics and music to feed popular tastes.

Then came the gramophone (old record players), the sheet music was written, a performer was found, they recorded it, records were sold and distributed locally, not nationally or internationally (for the most part, unless you were a Caruso). On top of this the early record player/gramophone was expensive, not everyone could afford it. Recorded music was a class thing.

Then came Radio ... all of a sudden you didn't have to wait for Aunt Bessy to come over to the house and play for you or go and visit your cousin with the record player. You could turn on the radio and listen to the latest and greatest jazz/opera or popular music song that was playing at the time. Local and national music was suddenly being presented to a larger group of people at a very limited expense. (I'm not sure about the US but in Canada in those days you were supposed to purchase a radio license to listen to the radio. ( were I'm going with this is the radio license was to pay for the radio station/music and show that were being aired. (I have a old Marconi radio from the 1920's with the radio license, it still work but sounds bad, middle daughter when she was three damaged the speaker))

The sheet music companies and the musicians union hated this new fangled contraption because they felt it was taking work/money out of their pockets. So the sheet music/unions/record companies got together and put out rules on how music could be presented on radio. Once again this didn't last very long because it was cheaper to put a record on the air then to hire a band to come in and play. (If you weren't with the CBC you could even sell the airtime between the records and make money) Or you could pick up a signal from the a national network and simulcast or rebroadcast live music, radio drama's, new and information programming, at a very minimal cost to your local radio station, but it was still cheaper to put a single guy in a studio and have him play records for a few hours each day.

Radio really grew and began to ignore the rules that the Sheet Music, Record Distributors, Musicians Union, were trying to enforce. (Hey these guys were only trying to get paid .. sound familiar?).

Then came some very powerful forces, radio sponsorship of a program, national networks, and popular music. Jazz was no longer being played in the seedy dark night club by great black musicians. It was being brought to the general public by clean, nice looking white boys (sorry for being crude but its true) The big band cleaned up jazz for the general public. In the US and Canada (more so in the states, we were stuck with the CBC, but the signals drifted into Canada .. remember a electronic wave recognizes no border) national networks began to come together. So you could broadcast a show from New York that would cover the whole continent, so why not bring in a band that could attract listeners, have it sponsored by a national company and make money. This attracted attracted large audiences and as the 30's transitioned into the 40's and 50's this was how popular music was presented to the general public. A big band toured, had a sponsorship deal with a national network, did a friday/saturday night live concert, a had record deal with a national distributor and sold their records. But this didn't mean that the music/song wasn't played/recorded by a different band/artist across the world and that it wasn't sold on a different label on a regional basis. You have to remember that the artist really didn't matter at this time. A sheet music company was being paid, for the most part the songs weren't being written by the artists, they were buying or being given the music by the sheet music companies, who had a staff of writers who wrote the music. The bands arranger then took that sheet music, modified/arranged it for the band's/artist’s style.

Look, I'm not writing anything that you can't find online or at a bookstore/library.. sorry about taking up so much time to get to the point. What I am trying to say is that at one time the sheet music industry tried to stop radio because they saw it as an attack on their profits. Then the record companies fought against the Artist/Performer, because they didn't think they could make money off a musician performing there own music. Then they fought against top 40 radio because not all the artists were represented, or they complained about race radio, album oriented rock radio and boring old AOR. The music industry tried to prevent/tax recordable cassettes because you could then copy and distribute music without paying for it or it destroyed the way the artist wanted his/her music presented (Mixtapes) .

Then they fought against file sharing because of the same reasons. They have all forgotten the same small thing. A song is made popular not by a radio station/file sharing/, it’s made popular by a person who has the time and budget to buy the music and listen to that album or song.
In 2008 we have so many things that we can spend or time and money on. We want it instantly, music buyers can buy a CD for $10, a .mp3 for 99¢, a video game for $60, go to the movies for $20, buy a book for $10, go to a concert for $100, go out clubbing for whatever the cost is now (I’m to old to remember clubbing).

My first love has always been music and sound. When I was a kid I had an old Grundig FM/AM/Shortwave radio (the only way you could tune in a signal was to open the back and turn the wheel by hand. Damn the tubes got hot). I would stay up late into the night listening to music from around the world (by the way this is around '73/'74). Now, I can't play a instrument worth a damn (I'm finally willing to admit that I am to lazy to learn a instrument), but I wanted to be part of how sound is created. I first thought being a Radio announcer would be the greatest. Then after going to college for Radio I learned that with my monotone voice and dry sense of humor it would just not work for a rock jock. So I set my sights on being a Audio Engineer .. now I'm a software sales guy. But I still love music, we just have to get these idiots to realize, we will buy it they just have to make it available in the locations we are at... Starbucks is on the right track.

Louis Armstrong - Blueberry Hill {Buy}
Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill {Buy}
Bruce Cockburn - Blueberry Hill {Buy}
Jah Wobble - Blueberry Hill {Buy}

Click here to see what you get when you do a search for piano tabs for Blueberry Hill.


As a father of a teenager going to a all girls Catholic School, I find this song unsettling. Here I am 45 with a teenage daughter, and these old men are sing about a Little School Girl. Not gonna happen.

Great tunes, each artist does a awesome cover. I think it was origionally recorded by Sonny Boy Willimson in 1937, but I'm not sure. Give a listen, go out and buy.

Muddy Waters - Good Morning Little School Girl -> {buy}

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Good Morning Little School Girl -> {buy}

Yardbirds - Good Morning Little School Girl -> {buy}

10 Years After - Good Morning Little School Girl -> {buy}

Jonny Lang - Good Morning Little School Girl -> {buy}

This song is just great but damn does it really creep me out. I didn't know this but the video was banned by MTV in the states, I know I never saw it on MuchMusic here. But then again, I don't watch video channels much anymore I'm to old for its demographic.

Custom - Hey Mister -> {buy} watch the video on youtube .. should it have been banned?

By the way, for any future boyfriends, I have my grandfathers shot gun! Think twice.

Yardbirds guitar tab for "Good Morning Little School Girl"


Okay time for another covers post. I've got this thing for covers, I want to see how other groups/artist handle each others music. I think its supposed to be a tribute and more often then not it is.

You all love the Doors, admit it, they are always a hidden pleasure. They hit their heights in the late 60's, again in the early 80's, have had a movie made about them and had/have one of the most interesting lead singers of all time, Jim Morrison.

Take a few minutes listen to the different versions of "Soul Kitchen" that I'm offering up to you.

The Doors Soul Kitchen {Buy}

The Doors (live Matrix 3-10-67) Soul Kitchen

Patti Smith Soul Kitchen {Buy}

X Soul Kitchen {Buy}

Echo & The Bunnymen Soul Kitchen {Buy}

Widespread Panic (live New Orleans 10-28-00) Soul Kitchen {Buy}

Soul Kitchen Chords

Well, the clock says its time to close now
I guess Id better go now
Id really like to stay here all night
The cars crawl past all stuffed with eyes
Street lights share their hollow glow
Your brain seems bruised with numb surprise
Still one place to go
Still one place to go
Let me sleep all night in your soul kitchen
Warm my mind near your gentle stove
Turn me out and Ill wander baby
Stumblin in the neon groves
Well, your fingers weave quick minarets
Speak in secret alphabets
I light another cigarette
Learn to forget, learn to forget
Learn to forget, learn to forget
Let me sleep all night in your soul kitchen
Warm my mind near your gentle stove
Turn me out and Ill wander baby
Stumblin in the neon groves
Well the clock says its time to close now
I know I have to go now
I really want to stay here
All night, all night, all night


I'm not going to call this anything but the EXCESS Post... Look, I don't know about you but I did things to excess when I was younger, I mean drinking and drugs. We all might have, to different degrees. Some of us got smart and slowed down ... others didn't and checked out.

All the songs below are from great artists who did things to excess and sang about it.


Cab Calloway -1931- Minnie The Moocher {buy}
Hendricks, Ross & Lambert - 1960 - Gimme That Wine {buy}
John Lee Hooker - ? - Whiskey and Wimmen {buy}
The Doors - 1967 - Alabama Song(Whiskey Bar) {buy}
Jefferson Airplane - 1967 -White Rabbit {buy}
Velvet Underground - 1967 - Heroin {buy}
Canned Heat - 1968 -Amphetamine Annie {buy}
Eric Burden - 1970 -Spill the Wine {buy}
Don McLean - 1971 -American Pie {buy}
Neil Young - 1972 -The Needle and the Damage Done {buy}
Eric Clapton - 1977 - Cocaine {buy}
Johnny Thunders - 1976 -Chinese Rocks {buy}
Ian Dury and the Blockhead - 1977 - Sex & Drugs and Rock n Roll {buy}
Monks - 1979 - Drugs in My Pocket {buy}
Social Distortion - 1990 - Drug Train {buy}
Placebo -1998 - Pure Morning {buy}
Amy Winehouse - 2006 -Rehab {buy}


Middle daughters photo of the sunset at the cottage

Another week off ... going up north to the cottage. Northern Ontario bush, Georgian Bay water, stripping a old cedar strip canoe, swimming and fishing. BBQ every night, wife baking in the sun, warm nights, and good beer. What better way to spend a week, only thing that could make it better would be some good music. I've run a few albums through on my TTusb turntable this week (first time I've been able to get it out in over a month.)
Enjoy and buy!

Some of my favorite songs:

John Lennon - Instant Karma (Live) - Live In New York City {Buy}
English Beat (hey I'm a Canadian, this is what we've always know them as!) - Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret - Just Can't Stop It! {Buy}
D.O.A. - War - War on 45 {Buy}

Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, I got a really cool link in my email. I'll be up north, so you people enjoy. It seems we can see Lollapalooza live if we want, can't find a cost can you?



I stood in Daly Plaza at 10pm at night taking a picture of a Picasso. Chicago .. what a town. Had a great trip, enjoyed almost every minute of it, and will go back again. Though I think without the kids. Maybe this time I'll go in June for the Blues Festival. No wonder they call it sweet home chicago.

If you want pizza go to Pizza Uno/Duo, if you want music Buddy Guys, and you have to take a river cruise.

Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago {Buy}
Eric Clapton - Sweet Home Chicago - Complete Clapton {Buy}
The Blues Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago - The Definitive Collection {Buy}
Stevie Ray Vaughan [with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughn] - Sweet Home Chicago(Live 8-26-90)

Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago Guitar Tab


Okay .. this is not going to be a long post ..... I'm driving to Chicago tomorrow for a wedding and a weeks holiday. We're going to be coming back through Cleveland so that I get to hit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ... I'm in heaven

I know, I should be posting Chicago related songs, home of the northern blues and all that, but I forgot to upload them. So today's post is about how one generation of musicians use the work of the previous in new and interesting ways. Take a listen to the following.

Howlin' Wolf - Killing Floor.mp3, From "His Best" {Buy}

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Killing Floor (Live at Monterey Pop Festival).mp3, from Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967 {Buy}


By the way if your interested in looking for new/old music spend sometime with the Retro Music Snob and welcome him back from his short hiatus. Or click on the Hype Machine.

Anyway enjoy and I will see you in a week.


In 1980 I was only 17. I was a Punk/New Wave snob. I wouldn't listen to anything that wasn't new. I talked about how dinosaur rock had to go, I wanted to see young and inventive artist take over the stage. I thought I knew everything about music.

Then I heard a song that I wasn't supposed to like, it was Heavy Metal. It went against everything I thought music was supposed to be about. I started to grow up real quick and realize that music is music and you can like whatever you want to and that you don't have to be part of a clique to express your tastes in music. (Though I admit it does help to have other people backing you up when you are faceing down another group of teens that may not like you becuase of the music your listening to and the way you look ... fists and boots hurt)

download/listen to -> Mot├Ârhead, Ace of Spades.mp3 {Buy} 1980

Ace of Spades Tabs

Happy Canada Day and have a great 4th of July


Hey not sure if you've heard this song from a great Toronto punk band known as Hostage Life. This Song Was Written By A Committee. {Buy}

It was on a 2006 album/CD "Walking Papers", Which got a lot of air play on Toronto radio over the last two years. I definitely am looking for more from this band.


Long ago when I was a kid, in grade five we had a music teacher who made us learn this song, by Tex Ritter, Blood on the Saddle {Buy}

Don't ask me why I remember this song 35 years later, but I can sing almost every word and note (off key of course)

There was blood on the saddle and blood all around
And a great big puddle of blood on the ground

A cowboy lay in it all covered with gore
And he never will ride any broncos no more

Oh, pity the cowboy, all bloody and red
For the bronco fell on him and bashed in his head

There was blood on the saddle and blood all around
And a great big puddle of blood on the ground


Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty {Buy} Though I got this off of Bad Manners (MCA Records / America) (1982) ( I found it in a delete bin back in '84) I ripped it with my new Numark TTUSB. Love it, great fun though it has lead to some late nights .. the only thing I can say against it is that it doesn't have a dust cover and don't let your kids near it. I had to replace the needle in the first week. 8 year olds, have to love em.


In honour of the playoffs (NHL not NBA), go Peguins no I mean Red Wings, no I mean Penguins .. Damn who do I want to win?, we have Stompin' Tom Connors - The Hockey Song {Buy}

Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors (b.1936 in Saint John, New Brunswick) from: Stompin' Tom And The Hockey Song, 1973

The Hockey Song (The Good Old Hockey Game)

Hello out there! We're on the air,
It's Hockey Night tonight;
Tension grows, the whistle blows,
And the puck goes down the ice.
The goalie jumps, and the players bump,
And the fans all go insane;
Someone roars, "Bobby scores!"
At the good old hockey game.

Oh! The good old hockey game,
Is the best game you can name;
And the best game you can name,
Is the good old Hockey game!

[spoken] "Second period...."
Where players dash with skates a-flash,
The home team trails behind;
But they grab the puck and go bursting up,
And they're down across the line.
They storm the crease like bumble bees,
They travel like a burning flame;
We see them slide the puck inside,
It's a one-one hockey game.

Oh! The good old hockey game,
Is the best game you can name;
And the best game you can name,
Is the good old Hockey game!

[spoken] Third period! Last game in the playoffs, too!"
Oh, take me where the hockey players
Face-off down the rink;
And the Stanley Cup is all filled up,
For the champs who win the drink.
Now the final flick of a hockey stick,
And the one gigantic scream:
"The puck is in" - The home team wins
The good old hockey game!

Oh! The good old hockey game,
Is the best game you can name;
And the best game you can name,
Is the good old Hockey game!

[Repeat chorus as often as required.]


Okay, sencond music only post for me. I've been blogging for over 4 years, but I've become kind of tired of the daily family is fine, I'm okay we will survive type posts.

I've become enamored with the whole music blog, Hypemachine blogging thing. I want to share my taste in music and maybe introduce people to bands they have never thought to look at.

So for today we have Ashley MacIsaac, download -> Rusty D Con Struck Tion.MP3 {buy}

I bought this CD back in '95 and have been listening to it ever since. Ashley created a great mix of Celtic, traditional and rock kitchen party atmosphere here. Give it a listen.

Unfortunately I can't fund Rusty D Con Struck Tion on youtube but here is Ashely's Devil in the Kitchen, enjoy.


Close up on a Larkspur
larkspur edit

I'm in heaven ... I am now a proud owner of a 80 gig IPod. Why should you care, you really shouldn't, this toy is just another tool to separate the user from society, but damn do I love it.
I've got about half my CD's loaded (2200 songs), I'm thinking (been doing this for a while but just to lazy) of digitizing my record collection .. I've got about 1000 LP's that I've been collecting since I was 15 [sad aren't I]. Wife gave me the IPod for Christmas, she surprised the heck out of me, I got a shoe box and inside was a pair of ugly hiking boots (I then realize that they are my sons), inside of them I find the Ipod, I haven't felt this good at Christmas since I was a little kid. I do love her so.

Now I'm pretty boring and laid back, small thing make me happy. Last night as I was loading songs I found another joy of having a IPod, Podcasting. I found that the CBC is podcasting some of my favorite shows. I listened to Rick MacInnes-Rae on Dispatches and I sync'd DNTO season ender with Sook-yin Lee interviewing Johnny Rotten and Adrienne Clarkson and listened to it on the way to work. I love radio, but I don't get to listen to interview shows or radio documentaries. I'm either always busy when the show is broadcast or I'm in the Van with the kids and wife and they all hate the CBC, so I never get to listen in, as I said I'm in Heaven. They seem to edit for the cast, I would rather have the raw streamed show, but oh well, I live with what I can get. Now all we have to do is get them to podcast some of the great radio Plays that they do.

I also downloaded "Minnie the Moocher" a old cartoon from Fleischer Studios. Staring Betty Boop and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. I saw this cartoon years ago (I originally wanted to go into animation - heck I used to dream in cartoons), and fell in love with the music of Cab Calloway, it was great to discover this again. As I keep saying I'm in Heaven.

"Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin

Heaven... I'm in heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.
And I seem to find the happiness I seek,
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek.
Heaven... I'm in heaven,
And the cares that hung around me through the week,
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak,
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek.

Oh, I love to climb a mountain,
And to reach the highest peak.
But it doesn't thrill me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek.

Oh, I love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek.
But I don't enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek.

Dance with me! I want my arms about you.
The charms about you
Will carry me through to...

Heaven... I'm in heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.
And I seem to find the happiness I seek,
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek.


Rome at night, yes that bus is really that small.

Rome at night ... yes that bus is really small!

Arrrgh!!!! I am so sick.

I had a great time at Gogol Bordello. Awesome concert. I got there early, a bit to early 8pm. Got a great spot, right up to the front, only about 2 deep from the stage ... the opening act, Dub Trio, didn't come on til 9pm. Dub Trio is a pretty cool band, Bass Guitar Drums doing Art Rock/Metal/Punk/Dub .. really interesting but LOUD. You could feel the bass cords inside your body.

By the time Gogol Bordello came on I was soaked with sweat. My hair, shirt and pants were wet with sweat. I have not be crowded by people since I don't know when. The music was great, LOUD again (next time I will bring ear plugs) Then the mosh pit began right behind me. Started getting slamed from all sides, claustraphobia clicked in and I had to get out. Finally after wading through the pit, I got to the outside and was able to watch the concert in some peace. Occasionally getting you foot steped on, slammed by someone falling out of the pit. But hey I had a great time. Can't remember the songs, in fact the guy I was with said afterword that it was the best concert that he had ever been at where he could not understand a word being sung.

Anyway Gogol Bordello was great, but it made me so sick. I still haven't gotten over the cold. Had to take a day off of work on Thursday. Then I spent most of today in bed.

Enjoy a couple of cover versions:

Willie William-Armagideon Time (Download)
The Clash-Armagideon Time (Download)
The Who-Baba O'Riley (Download)
Waco- Baba O'Riley (Download)