The Tragically Hip

Did you watch ‘Long Time Running‘ the Tragically Hip documentary last night? It was amazing, I laughed… I got a bit choked up, I smiled a lot, and I cried…. I thought about how I came to know The Tragically Hip and the songs that drew me in, so I thought I’d share!

I wasn’t a big Hip fan but every time I heard a song, I liked it… ‘Blow at High Dough‘ was the first I heard, then ‘New Orleans is Sinking‘… ‘Twist My Arm‘… ‘Courage‘ came on the radio and I told myself I really need to listen to this band more, and I did… ‘At the Hundredth Meridian‘… ‘Grace, Too‘… and then I heard ‘Scared‘, one of their most beautiful songs. That’s when I became a fan… ‘Ahead by a Century‘ is to this day one of my favourite songs… this was when I started to look back to see what I might have missed by not being a fan, and I heard ‘Fiddlers Green‘, ‘38 Years Old‘ and ‘Wheat Kings‘ about 17 year old Canadian David Milgaard who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder… so many songs since then got my attention… ‘Poets‘… ‘Bobcaygeon‘… ‘My Music at Work‘… ‘It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken‘ another beautiful song… ‘In View‘… ‘The Lonely End of the Rink‘, a Canadian band has to have a hockey song and what a great song it is… ‘At Transformation‘… what a career, what a life!

If I had a wish, it’d be for more of this!

Watching the documentary it was that lyric from ‘Done and Done‘ that brought a tear to my eye…

Done and done
Night accomplished
If I had a wish
It’d be for more of this….

RIP Gord Downie 1964-2017

If you’d like to listen to the songs I mention above, I put a playlist together on YouTube. The slideshow below are photos I took of The Tragically Hip at Ottawa Bluesfest back in 2013.


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