You Never Disappointed Us

I woke up doubting that there would be any Perfect Moment today.  When I found out that Gord Downie had passed away……how could there be.  It’s just a shitty, shitty day.

I have seen the Hip (The Tragically Hip for those who are not familiar) several times in concert.  They were the band from my university days.  They are the band that we always play when my friends and I got together.  Last summer, when we were camping, we listened to their farewell concert by the light of campfire.

When I lived in Japan, my friend sent me a tape (getting Canadian music was somewhat difficult then) of their CD–Day for Night.  I played it for 4 weeks straight in my car and in my house.

I did my best to expose the international teachers to the music.

I loved those recordings where Gord would start doing a free form story.  They were unlike anything I had heard up until that point.

I don’t exactly have the words to describe what I am feeling.  There are so many poignant lyrics to their songs.  They say more than I ever could.

Thank you for entertaining me.  Thank you for pushing for aboriginal causes.  Thank you for not selling out.

The last words sung at the concert were  “disappointing you is getting me down.”  The truth is Gord, you never disappointed us.  NEVER.

Rest in Peace.

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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3 Responses to You Never Disappointed Us

  1. The wiser says:

    R.I.P. Gord Downie. You will be missed. Loved your poetry.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully written. Sounds like your memories made for a perfect moment 🙂

  3. Beautifully written….your memories are the perfect moment 🙂

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