“I read the news today…Oh Boy”
We, as Canadians, will never forget the morning we woke up to hear the news that Gord Downie has inoperable brain cancer.
Call yourself a Hip fan or not….We ALL have that song that resonates.
Poets, Blow at High Dough, New Orleans is Sinkin, Smalltown Bringdown…
Ahead by a Century reminds me of falling in love…..
Maybe Bobcaygeon reminds you of the place you love…where you spent time with your family…or perhaps the song gives you just the distant thought of being under the stars. To maybe just have some peace in your life.
Gord Downey is, needless to say, a Canadian icon.
He stands in the company our sometimes underrated Canadian poets.
Gordon, Neil, Joni, Burton, Cohen…..
Gord and The Tragically Hip are a part of our personal history…and of the history of this country we love and are so proud of.
I tear up when I think that an end is near.
I really do.
In a world where we all have problems….This sadness weighs heavy on our shoulders.
This one sits close to the front of the bus……
The final Hip show in Kingston on August 20th will be more than a very emotional night.
We will celebrate The Hip.
We will celebrate Gord’s life.
We will celebrate ourselves.
We will celebrate music!
We will celebrate Canada.
We will cry.
We will raise our fists in the air.
We shall be inspired.
We will question our own mortality.
And we will say goodbye.
We will say goodbye to our youth…
We will say goodbye to ….a band.
We will say goodbye to a poet…a legend…an icon.
We will worry about him.
We will worry about them.
We will care.
Cuz that’s what Canadians do. We care.
And…on August 20th, if we haven’t already, we will thank The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie for being brave.
We will thank them for being part of us…for letting us be part of them…. for thinking of us…..for scarificing for us…and in their grief, we thank them for GIVING to us….the fans.
Thank you Gord and The Hip….for guiding us….even in your final moments.
We worry about you….but we know you are strong.
What is your fave Hip song and why?