Today our Nation will grieve. Gord came into my life during my formative years as a teen. I resisted the charm and poetic songs that finally talked about more than getting laid or partying... to be won over by the acoustic Wheat Kings and then fell in love fully, completely with Scared and Grace, too off the Day for Night album. Later, a declaration of true love and match made in heaven between me and Gord occurred when Long Time Running came into my life from a previous album. This guy knew how to open my heart.
You see, Gord spoke to our feelings. He made us feel. Sometimes it was a feeling we didn't even know we had. But on a much deeper level than many other artists. We crave to feel - and yet we often don't know how. Gord knew how to tap into that.
Maybe I am biased. The Hip was with me when I lost my high school sweetheart (so was Pink Floyd) and have remained ever since a musical crutch in my home to keep me connected to those feelings from high school and to my dear friend.
In this moment, I'm gonna feel these feels. Let it out. And then crank My Music at Work, and go back to this grief tonight - yes, it's important to go back to it.
Not sure what to do? Feel it. Listen to him. Get the Secret Path album and listen. Like really fuckin listen. Gord wanted us to move towards Truth and Reconciliation. He believed we had the power to heal a Nation. Research the story - find out what really happened in Canada to our First Nations people and be a part of the healing process. This wasn't something that happened a hundred years ago. It ended in the 90's and the pain is still here. Be a part of the healing process by being informed rather than ignorant. Attend a Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village workshop. It's the least we can do to honour Gord's legacy for all he has given us.
I'll leave you with this... what do you think would happen if Gord, Tom, David, Leonard, and Prince were all in the same room?
Heartbroken and healing,