Category Archives: MusicMonday

Music Monday – “There are places I’ll remember/All my life, though some have changed/Some forever, not for better/Some have gone and some remain” (4000th Post Milestone!)

It’s pretty hard to believe but today marks the 4000th post this blog since I started it over a decade ago on February 25, 2006, a couple months after starting the Masters of Library Science program at the University of Western Ontario. I had always been into computers and technology from banging out programs in […]

Music Monday – “I’m on my way to nowhere/I been runnin’ from my past/Runnin’ from the things I used to be”

Sometimes it pays to be a blogger. Last week’s “Music Monday” post about Colter Wall was seen by a friend who happened to have an extra ticket to see Wall’s album release show at The Exchange last night. It was a good show but a strange night – seeing a bunch of Sask Party MLAs (including […]

Music Monday – “Don’t be picking fights/With no Mennonites/Don’t be raising Cain/When they’re planting grain/Working through the night”

I mentioned Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall’s musician son, Colter Wall, in a post about eighteen months ago. He was a rising star then but he’s blown up completely in the interim – having one of his songs on the soundtrack to an Oscar nominated movie, named as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists to […]

Music Monday – “Libraries gave us power” #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries #SAVEDSKLibraries

So, almost unbelievably, after a month of incredible pushback from all levels – grassroots activists and elected MLAs, rural and urban citizens, library staff and supporters, and numerous others across the province and beyond – the Sask Party announced that they were restoring *all* funding to Saskatchewan public libraries that was cut in the March […]

#skpoli #SaveSKLibraries – Music Monday – “Educated in a small town/Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town/Used to daydream in that small town/Another boring romantic that’s me”

There’s a hierarchy in rural Saskatchewan… First, you lose the hospital. The grain elevators close and are replaced by an inland terminal in a bigger town down the line. You used to have a handful of churches and soon you’re down to two or one or maybe even none. The local school closes and the kids […]

Music Monday – “Bullets for your brain today/But we’ll forget it all again/Monuments put from pen to paper/Turns me into a gutless wonder”

“If You Tolerate This (Your Children Will Be Next)” – Manic Street Preachers

Music Monday – “It is a bad time to be poor/Cause we don’t give a shit no more/If you want to go for help/Don’t look next door” #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

This song has been running through my head, pretty much on repeat since the Budget was released on March 22. So I’m going to take a brief break from the non-stop library themed posts of the past couple weeks and instead, spend some time today thinking about the wider implications of the Sask Party’s disastrous budget […]

Music Monday – “Libraries gave us power/Then work came and made us free/What price now for a shallow piece of dignity” #SaveSKLibraries

From a comment in SongMeanings.com… the song is about working class perception and how everyone thinks ‘we dont talk about love, we only wanna get drunk’ whereas in reality the working class can be intelligent and useful, a lot of writers musicians actors sports people etc come from a working class background. ‘libraries gave us […]

Music Monday – “To feel the ground beneath my feet/Knowing I’m free/To walk the walk and talk the talk/Sounds okay to me”

This song has a few scenes shot in Shea’s hometown (including shots of a community store and grain elevator that figured prominently in our wedding reception which we held the summer after our destination wedding for all the friends and relatives who couldn’t make it to Mexico.) “The Hobo Song” – Bob Westfall and Westfall […]

Music Monday – “Now why don’t you look down/To where your feet is planted/That U.S. soil that makes you take shit for granted/If not for Santa Ana, just to let you know/That where your feet are planted would be México”

I heard this song on the TV when we were in Mexico in 2003 and even without understanding (most of) the lyrics, it struck me as something very political and meaningful which has only become more relevant in light of Trump’s desire to build a border wall with Mexico. At the time, I jotted enough of the lyrics […]