July 12, 2007

I Know What I Like



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

The post office usually delivers bills and junk mail. But today was different.

Two CD’s arrived, neatly packaged, from one of Canada’s best songwriters – Sam Larkin. (You can purchase the CDs from Sam's web site).

I first heard Sam play at Fat Albert’s in the late 1980’s, fell in love with his music and have tried to catch his live performances whenever I can. How do I express where Sam’s music takes me? Somewhere between earth and heaven; I often wonder if that is where Sam himself sits when he writes.

The CD “ransom” has all the old familiars on it, the songs I first heard him playing… Mirabeau Bridge, Sally On, Laughin Tears and Highway One, to name a few. I have two tape cassettes of Sam’s songs as well, bought directly from him in the hall, in the United Church basement, on Bloor Street, outside Fat Albert’s. I also have a vinyl single record of Mirabeau Bridge, a birthday present from a cherished friend. Happy times… happy memories.

One song though is not included on “ransom”, Voices Forever. If you can get a copy of this song it is well worth the effort. Beautiful.

The CD “Night Melts Chains” is wonderful, and a complete surprise to me. The performance style is quite different than that with which I am familiar from Sam’s earlier tunes. Reminiscent of Johnny Cash, almost country, but lyrical in the way that only Sam can be lyrical.

Attila is quite taken with Sam’s music as well, and has had the opportunity to hear him perform live on at least one occasion.

I have been playing Sam Larkin CDs non-stop since the post arrived. Even Mist is inspired to kitten-like playfulness.

Thanks Sam, for being there.

NOTE: Sam’s web site is a delight, it makes me laugh out loud, which is a rare event. Painfully honest, refreshingly intelligent and the best commentary on the mass media ever created, in my humble opinion. Not for feint of heart or head. Marshall McLuhan would be proud of this one!

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by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

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