Friday, October 21, 2005

He's Prescient, what can we say?

Just listening to Shelagh Rogers this morning (ah, the CBC - my window into the world of thinking adults while immersed in my world of toddlers, bodily fluids, squabbles, and glee), interviewing some members of a musical group from Newfoundland, and I was reminded of a story. Happened to a friend of mine last summer. He had accompanied his girlfriend to her Cape Breton home. Cape Breton, where everyone is related to everyone else, and they all play or sing, or at the very least, drink hearty while listening to others play and sing. Pete was at just such a party. As in most Cape Breton parties, someone pulled out a fiddle and someone else pulled out a flute, and as the beer went round, and round again, the music, singing, and dancing started. Peter is nothing like a shrinking violet. He's having a great time, it's 3:30 a.m., and these guys, hey, they're just great. When one of them stops for breath, Pete's right there. "Hey, you guys are great!" he tells them. "You could be big!" His praise is met with a wry grin. He redoubles his encouragement. "No, no, I really mean it. Big! Really big!" Someone taps his arm. "Ah, Pete?" "Yeah?" "Pete, that's Great Big Sea."

7 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

Oi! I heard that this morning too. I need to get me some Great Big Sea...eh em...some more...

And something else...does Shelagh Rogers drive you nuts? I mean who didnt love Gzozsky? And I liked Vicki in the morning. And then there was Michael and Avril...I liked them too...but I can't stand Shelagh. Oh the pain. And whats with that Tetsuro Shigamatsu fellow? I am a huge Bill fan, glad to hear him on Bunny Watson, I'd rather hear the Movable Mosh in the Sad Goat timeslot.

Maybe I just don't deal with change all that well...

10/21/2005 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Does Shelagh Rogers drive me nuts? Well, funny you should ask...

When she was Gzowski's side-kick, I loved her. When they gave the morning show to Avril (who I hated!), I was truly miffed - I thought the spot belonged by right to Shelagh. However, now that she actually has the job... Heather, she drives me nuts!

That mellifluous laugh, that I so loved when it joined Peter's husky rumble, now just sounds smarmy. And her stories are almost entirely feel-good human interest shlock - nice once in a while, maybe even one per morning, but all morning, every morning??

Of course, she doesn't have all morning. I suppose only a true virtuouso like Gzowski could manage three hours a day and make every day a listening, thinking treat. (Am I a Gzowski groupie? Yes, I am. I cried when he died.) I feel guilty saying this, though, because I believe she's a truly nice person, and, according to her bio, a talented journalist. But...

As for Bill? I'm warming to him gradually, growing to appreciate his style, but I far preferred him as Vicki's side-kick on Gabereau in the afternoons. That was a great show! She had more substance; he's lighter. I really miss her acerbity and her belly-laugh. Bill's two A-girls are okay, though their giggling eagerness sometimes just makes me wanna smack 'em. If Bill is light, they are fluff. Too adolescent by half. (I think I'm showing my age: they are not "lively and energetic", they're just childish.) But entertaining enough children.

And thus endeth the inside conversation amongst we CBC affianados! Golly, it's been fun - maybe you can email me for more sometime!

10/22/2005 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

Great Big Sea is great (at least what I know of them)! I have Road Rage (their live album), and every so often, Kathy reminds me that we need to get another album or three of theirs. Still, as great as we think they are, it seems like they're virtually unknown in the States.

10/22/2005 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Somehow, the fact that a non-American group is "virtually unknown in the States" doesn't come as a shock. However, to be fair, while they have a solid following here and pretty much everyone has heard of them, I don't know that they're top-40 even here. I've gathered that you have, to your credit, wide musical tastes. I should probably now shame-facedly confess that I don't own a single album of theirs, (though I hear them on the radio (CBC) often enough.)

10/22/2005 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

They're good (I believe my husband owns all their albums) and I've seen them in concert a handful of times. The first time we saw them was in Boston as the opening act for a band we liked (in the past tense). (The band in question, Black 47, is the single flakiest band I've ever witnessed. Half the time we've seen them they've been HOURS late to their own gigs -- and, unless you're a huge name, that's a no-no.)

Whenever we've seen GBS in the States the crowd seems to be at least half Canadian.

10/24/2005 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I told this one to Michelle and she thought it was hilarious.

GBS was interviewed on etalk and they said they wanted to keep their music people oriented the type of music you feel like singing with, that's why I love them.

If you like GBS you should try listening to the McGinty's they are similar but less commercial.

10/24/2005 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Nicole: Hello and welcome! Nice to see a new face. Very cute even newer face peeking over your shoulder, too! Sounds to me like Black 47 liked the idea of being stars too much to actually earn their stardom...

Bill: I loved the story. I heard it months ago, but it still gives me a chuckle. I tend to favour groups that produce sing-able stuff. It's great to be able to belt it out along with the group!

10/24/2005 02:32:00 PM  

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