Pity the Fool

Our houseguest, Anthony Stagg from planet Chicago, has turned our handy Mr. T in your Pocket into an instrument of sorts. Presenting the Mr. T in your Pocket Stagg Remix AKA Stagg vs Mr T

Hamilton Hamilton wherefore art thou?

 

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Finally saw the snowy owl….

There have been snowy owls hanging out in our neighbourhood since early winter and just about everyone in our neighbourhood has seen them…except me. That is, until this morning…

IMG_2954Unfortunately I don’t have one of those lenses that are a foot and a half long. All I had with me was my iphone. The owl is sitting on the docks. If you look between the rectangular box items on the docks you’ll see an irregular shaped blob. Through my trusty binoculars, it turns out that’s a huge snowy owl. He was moving his head around quite a bit, as if he was preening himself.

“Knee Deep in the Hoopla” While in the Land of the Muskeg – Pilsen Quotation #1

After Wade Hemsworth songs, Huskies, Log Jams, Waltzes, etc. our guest from Pilsen exploded with the phrase Knee Deep in Hoopla! - and we are just getting this day started... heading for a walk with George and Memphis before hitting the road
After Wade Hemsworth songs, Huskies, Log Drivers Waltz, The Wild Goose and everything Mister Anchovy could muster,  Stagg explodes with the phrase: Knee Deep in the Hoopla – and we are just getting this day started… heading for a walk with George and Memphis before hitting the road

Long Branch Kitchen Party Jan 27th 9:28 am

A little south side Pilsen action in our kitchen this morning.  Staggman in town from Chicago.  Off to Nice Old Stuff in a few....
A little south side Pilsen action in our kitchen this morning. Staggman in town from Chicago. Off to Nice Old Stuff in a few….

Songs for your local log-driver

I was talking with my friend (and current houseguest) Anthony yesterday about Wade Hemsworth and how a couple of his tunes, such as the Long Driver’s Waltz and the Blackfly Song seem like they have been part of the Canadian experience for a very long time. Maybe they’re embedded into our genetic code by now. I think that has a lot to do with the National Film Board shorts created around these tunes. Here’s the Long Driver’s Waltz. I’ll bet most of my Canadian friends are very familiar with it, even if they don’t know Wade Hemsworth wrote it and Kate and Anna McGarrigle who performed it.

How many songs can there be about being a log-driver? As far as I know there are two, although maybe there are others I don’t know about. The other one is also a great tune. It’s by Mac Beattie and was recorded with his Ottawa Valley Melodiers.

I love these tunes about a Canadian way of life from another time. Who writes tunes for a resource-based economy these days?

CORRECTION…of course there is a 3rd log-driver’s song, The Log Jam Song (Whitewater). Here’s Mr. Hemswoth…