The first time i met gord downie we talked about music. No surprise. Specifically, we talked about the trend of african influence in mid eighties pop records (Paul Simon’s Graceland - South Africa - and Peter Gabriel’s So - Senegalese). And while the words « cultural appropriation » were nevr used, that’s kinda sorta what we were talking about. And while i was a cocky and nervous goofball, my head filled with half baked opinions.. gord was open-minded, wise, funny, cryptic, and... many of those things we associate him with. Curiousity. Compassion. And wicked smarts. Most important, for me, is that he came at the argument from such a different angle and invited me to do the same. Looked me straight in the eye, a hint of a smile that was both kind and challenging, and say « well have you looked at it THIS way....? » Amazing. Conversation lasted 20 minutes, tops. But it stayed with me. It stays with me. Have you looked at it THIS way?
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