Everyone Murders

October 18th, 2017 at 9:25 AM ^

We all knew this day was coming, but godammit anyway.  Downie was a brilliant musician, songwriter, and a beautiful person to boot.

I feel privileged to have seen him perform, and to have his recordings.  So hard done by.

One of my favorites, and somehow apropos today:

 

MGoFoam

October 18th, 2017 at 9:50 AM ^

I loved the Tragically Hip, but I was in college in the 80s. Do many people, even from Michigan, know them? Because I have never met anyone anywhere else who did.

Garfunkel

October 18th, 2017 at 10:48 AM ^

89X was literally a treasure trove of great Canadian music.  So many underrated bands... The Hip, Sloan, The Gandharvas, etc.  I feel fortunate to have grown up in the shadow of their airwaves.  RIP Gord.  Thanks for the music.

dougr188

October 18th, 2017 at 1:26 PM ^

The Hip's last concert in Kingston was magical. It was on TV no commercials, people were watching at parties, on their porches, everywhere really.

We were walking home from our friend's place when the show was over and there were people on their porches crying. No hyperbole.

It was losing a piece of your identity. 

Daft_Blue

October 18th, 2017 at 10:11 AM ^

I hear them all the time on 89.9 which is a canadian station.  But I never would have heard of them otherwise.  Strange because it sounds like they are huge in Canada.

543Church

October 18th, 2017 at 10:17 AM ^

I am not really a fan ot the Tragically Hip but I do associate them with my time at UM:   My freshman year in 1991 I saw them open for Eric Johnson at the Michigan Theater.  I had never heard of them but I thought they were pretty good.

 

UMich87

October 18th, 2017 at 10:34 AM ^

Most of Windsor had made the trip. One of my favorite shows of all time. I heard them first after college and found the music to be infectious.  Day for Night and Fully Completely became the soundtracks to my daily commute. He will be missed. As soon as I saw the post, Fifty Mission Cap started playing in my head.

jabberwock

October 18th, 2017 at 11:47 AM ^

First thing we'd climb a tree

And maybe then we'd talk

Or sit silently

And listen to our thoughts

With illusions of someday

Cast in a golden light

No dress rehearsal,

This is our life

 

And that's where the hornet stung me

And I had a feverish dream

With revenge and doubt

Tonight, we smoke them out

 

You are ahead by a century

 

Stare in the morning shroud

And then the day began

I tilted your cloud

You tilted my hand

Rain falls in real time

And rain fell through the night

No dress rehearsal, this is our life

 

But that's when the hornet stung me

And I had a serious dream

With revenge and doubt

Tonight, we smoked them out

 

You are ahead by a century

 

And disappointing you is gettin' me down

bluestaffah

October 18th, 2017 at 11:48 AM ^

I was lucky enough to be in Canada last summer and caught the last show thanks to a good friend of mine. He was truly one of a kind and a national icon. The entire country shut down for that show. There will never be another like him.

Godspeed Gordon. No dress rehearsal, this is our life.

growler4

October 18th, 2017 at 11:58 AM ^

Upon looking at the title, I was saddened to hear about the passing of a former classmate, but this is not, thankfully, referring to the former University of Michigan and Olympic swimmer.

nerv

October 18th, 2017 at 12:25 PM ^

Always enjoyed the Tragically Hip and Gord will be missed. My favorite piece of music with him has to Sleeping Sickness by Dallas Green that Gord was gracious enough to lend his vocal prowess too.

 

I've become, a simple souvenir of someone's kill
Like the sea, I'm constantly changing from calm to ill
Madness fills my heart and soul as if the
Great divide could swallow me whole, oh how I'm breaking down

 

RIP Mr Downie