Wednesday, September 24, 2008

(1)Canadians in Popular Music (2) McCain's Call for National Unity


The House You Live In by Gordon Lightfoot



Gordon Lightfoot was a very popular singer in the 1970's. He is Canadian, and his popularity extends around the world. This song is called "The House You Live In". It is a series of moral admonitions and sayings put to music. Although it is not one of the more famous of Lightfoot's songs, it is one of my favourites.

Another Canadian singer whose career dates back to the sixties is Leonard Cohen, whose spiritual restlessness is reflected in his music and poetry." Suzanne" and "Dress Rehearsal Rag" are among Cohen's more famous songs that have been interpreted by other performers. Cohen is a performer who is noted not only for his own performances but his influence upon other performers.
Canada has contributed a great deal to music that is listened to in the United States and throughout the English speaking world. Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrissette, (Who got her first break at age twelve singing the Canadian national anthem at a sporting event.) and Bryan Adams are among a list of popular music stars from Canada.
I hope you enjoy this nostalgic look at some of Canada's musical contributions to the world of music.



Sisters of Mercy By Leonard Cohen


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Today's statement and challenge by John McCain is a challenge to his opponent, and to his colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives. John McCain took an oath of office as a Senator and he is taking it seriously in a time of national crisis. John McCain has showed America the difference between a politician and a statesman, and its not about pay grade. John McCain has stood up and taken responsibility. He has recognised the potential power of a united Congress in tackling our nation’s problems.

This is a brave decision. He has actually pulled campaign commercials and declared his intention to work on overcoming problems rather than political opponents. It is a sweeping and breathtaking act of political bravery. He is a man who will sacrifice his career for the good of the country instead of sacrificing the good of the country for his career.

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