A Tribute of Sorts

Saturday night, despite camping, was devoted to The final concert of The Tragically Hip.  I have seen them live a couple of times.  I took their music when I went to Japan to give it as much international exposure as I could.  Which really means I played it on my car cassette player whenever I had other people in the car.  At least one person from that time has commented on my Facebook page.

I have a lot more to write about camping and friendship and other things that ring true from that weekend.  However, I just wanted to share this picture with all of you.  This was part of our tribute.  I am not a wine drinker, but I couldn’t say no to a toast for Gordie and the whole band.

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Words fail me.  What can I say for a band that gave so much.

Thank You.  Thank You Very Much.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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7 Responses to A Tribute of Sorts

  1. Illian Rain says:

    I don’t know what we’re going to do now. And he looks so frail, and it’s all really real…

    • Anthony says:

      It is painfully real, and I dread the day…..I don’t even want to complete the thought. I appreciate what the band has done and the way they have handled it. The song Grace Too, may have been about a boat…but it was so prophetically different. Grace. Gord and the rest of the bad definitely showed it to us.

      • Illian Rain says:

        Agreed, Anthony. I’m sure I seem a bit nuts as I’m kind of wandering around muttering “What the fuck are we supposed to do now?” But I think when you catch the bug for The Hip, when you get it, there’s this kind of expectation that this weird and wonderful thinker would remain out front, digesting our country for us, then coughing up something peculiar for us to chew over. Does that make me lazy? Yes, perhaps. But there are so many Hip songs that are anchors, that I’ve stashed so many memories inside of, and now–well–what the fuck are we supposed to do now? Ha! It’s funny in a way. I can’t imagine how the rest of the band and his family are handling it, if we’re all wrecked over it. At least with Leondard Cohen we can comfort ourselves with his legacy, with the fact that he seems to have mastered the art of winding down, whereas it feels like Gord Downie still has shit to finish. Okay, I will be quiet now, since I could talk this thing to…infinity… 😦

        Also–I hope you are well, and I do apologize for being so obsessive.

      • Anthony says:

        Thank You–you said it much better than I could.
        Never apologize for being yourself–and you’re not obsessive. You’re using words for what they were really meant for. We are providing comfort for one another (though, by my own estimates, I am not living up to my end of the deal).
        I do agree that there was much more to be said, but we’ll all have to make do with what we’ve got.
        As to what we are supposed to do now… this remains very unclear.

      • Illian Rain says:

        I find you a great comfort Anthony. 🙂 Thank you. Making do will have to do I suppose. It’s far better than never having had it in the first place. But it still seems cruel, and unfair.

  2. Mike Kergon says:

    I was wondering if you went to the Toronto show

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