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28 November 2013 @ 12:28 am

This fanmix travels across Canada while touching on some important events in Canadian history. We start on the East Coast with the Celtic music of Great Big Sea and the enlistment of World War I.
1) Recruiting Sargeant by Great Big Sea
"So it's over the mountains, and over the sea.
Come brave Newfoundlanders and join the Blue Puttees.
You'll fight the Hun in Flanders, and at Galipoli.
Enlist you Newfoundlanders and come follow me."

This is an iconic song from Quebec.
2) Mon Pays by Giiles Vigneault
The first lines translate as:
"My country, it is not a country, it is the winter.
My garden, it is not a garden, itsi the plains.
My path, it is not a path, it is the snow.
My country, it is not a country, it is the winter."

3) MacDonnell on the Heights by Stan Rogers
Major MacDonnell (the spelling varies) lead the charge at the Battle of Queenston Heights after General Brock was killed in action. MacDonnell was also killed in action and is also buried under Brock's Monument at the site of the battle (if you go there you can find his name on a small brass plaque on the monument) but is poorly remembered by history. Stan wrote: "It gives me no small amount of satisfaction to think that more people will know that there's more than just Brock under that huge stone monument."

"To say the name, MacDonnell,
It would bring no bugle call.
But the Redcoats stayed beside you
When they saw the General fall.
Twas MacDonnell raised the banner then
And set the Heights aflame,
But not one in ten thousand knows your name.
You brought the field all standing with your courage and your luck
But unknown to most, you're lying there beside old General Brock.
So you know what it is to scale the Heights and fall just short of fame
And have not one in ten thousand know your name."

4) Harsh and Unforgiving by Connie Kaldor
Connie is from the Prairies and has written several songs about life there. This is one of my favourites-it encompasses the beauty and danger of this area.

"I come from a land that is harsh and unforgiving.
Winter snows can kill you and the summer burn you dry.
When a change in the weather makes a difference to your living,
You keep one eye on the banker and another on the sky.
But oh, I get caught by those wide-open spaces.
Caught by the sight of that straight horizon line.
Caught by the sight of those lined, open faces,
Weathered over trouble and time.
Cause that big old flatland, she doesn't suffer fools lightly;
Watch your step if you're new around.
Cause Brown broke down in a blizzard last winter;
Tried to walk, and froze to death
Fifty feet from town."

5) We end in the north with the song Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers. This song, considered by many to be Canada's unofficial anthem, links the great explorers of the past with today's travelers.

"Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones."
10 November 2013 @ 12:55 am

A hearse is a symbol of our own mortality. Seeing one means someone has died and reminds us that, one day, we too will die, and that we should enjoy life while we can.

The Hearse Song by Harley Poe
"Don't ever laugh as a hearse goes by,
For you may be the next to die.

They wrap you up in a big white sheet,
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks,
And all goes well for about a week,
And then your coffin begins to leak."

Big Black Mariah by Tom Waits
A "black Mariah" (mah-rye-uh) is an old slang term for either a police wagon to transport prisoners or a hearse. Tom Waits is clearly referring to a hearse here, as he notes someone is "all boxed up" in "a wooden coat, this boy is never coming home." The wooden coat is in fact the coffin. You can read the lyrics and notes about them here. Tom's songs always give me a creepy vibe, even when they are relatively up-beat like this song appears to be.

Hearsedriver by E.J. Wells
Another oddly upbeat song about a hearse. The driver notes "I drive a hearse, things could be worse. I could be riding in the back." E. J. Wells is best known for music in the "Gothabilly" style, which combines rockabilly rhythms with spooky themes. The video linked above takes a couple of minutes to get into the song, but it's cute. I especially like the dancing zombie.

Love Me Kiss Me Kill Me by Alex Can't Sleep
1959 Cadillac Hearse by Alex Can't Sleep

Alex Can't Sleep is a somewhat obscure goth-punk band. Both these songs refer to hearses as a deliberately chosen means of transportation and contain several references to death and dying as well. Some people enjoy driving these vehicles every day-as one fan said "Don't let your first ride in a hearse be your last." :)

Phantom 309 by Red Sovine
This song is both a ghost story and a classic trucking song. The ending is the best part!

Tales of the Phantom Ship by Lennie Gallant
This song is about the Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait which haunts the body of water between Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It has been seen on a regular basis since the late 1700's; the most recent sighting was in 2008.This song has an urgent, spooky feel to it that I really like.
"Out on the wide Northumberland Strait,
A ball of fire skips o'er the waves,
And those who watch they can't believe their eyes;
There's a burst of flame and a flash of light,
And there on the tide is a frightening sight,
As a tall ship, all aflame, lights up the sky."

Have You Seen the Ghost of John
This is often sung as a round by children, even though it is quite creepy (there is a video at the above link that demonstrates this quite well-just scroll down the page). There are sometimes variations in the lyrics.
"Have you seen the ghost of John (Tom)
Long white bones with the skin (flesh) all gone?
Ooo Ooo Ooo Ooo
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?"

Steven by Alice Cooper
A song about a ghost from his Welcome to my Nightmare album. Gives me the shivers.

The Ghost Song by Salty Holmes
From the 1950's, this song is interesting as a precursor to songs like Thriller. Salty Holmes did all the vocal effects himself and the voice of the ghost is particularly eerie.
26 September 2013 @ 12:33 am
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19 July 2013 @ 01:36 am
The Conjuring

Can you say American Hypocrisy? Yes, I knew you could.

"Equal protection under the 14th amendment.... unless you're a boy.

UTIs are easily treated via the use of antibiotics.... Unless you're a boy.

Genital mutilation is torture, disgusting and a cause for the World Health Organization to rise against it....unless you're a boy.

No doctor in her right mind would ever perform a surgery without adequate anesthesia or without it .... unless you're a boy.

Genitals are easy to clean.... unless you're a boy.

Circumcision aims to control you, rape you, deny you of sexual pleasure and is undeniably and unequivocally sexist to do it on a child based on gender... unless you're a boy.

If a baby shrills, thrashes, turns red, it is obviously a sign of great pain.... unless you're a boy.

Doctors live up to the Hippocratic Oath- to identify the problem, treat the problem if not self-limiting, perform the surgery if the problem cannot be treated, perform an amputation after all else has failed.... unless you're a boy...."

~ Annette Hawks Pratt

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09 May 2013 @ 10:50 pm
Fact: The foreskin is NOT the problem. BULLYING is the problem. Anyone who circumcises their son so they "don't get teased" is lying to themselves AND the world and ignoring the real problem.
09 January 2013 @ 11:17 pm
I swear that the next person who says "infant circumcision is cleaner" is getting a fucking punch in the fucking face.
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