Today marks the one year anniversary for this blog, so Happy Birthday to me! It’s also Canada Day but, truthfully, I’m not feeling very festive. I wanted one more day off the grid avoiding everybody and everything before it’s back to business tomorrow sorting out funeral arrangements, dealing with bank crap, etc. So after a leisurely breakfast here in town I spent the afternoon out scouting and exploring on my bike for 55k worth of back roads between Welland, Port Colborne, Bethel and Stevensville. Then it was time to grill up some burgers on the BBQ before cracking a few Canadian brews on the back porch with my book about the Montreal Expos, ‘Up, Up & Away‘ by Jonah Keri. Shit, throw in a beaver and you have the ideal Canada Day celebration as I see it today. Of course, to be thorough I need some Canadian tunes to set the right ambiance, something like the first eponymous album by the Skydiggers.
This was the album that started it all for the little band from Toronto (or ‘Tor-anha‘, ‘Tron-toh‘, or ‘Ter-onna‘ if you prefer) largely thanks to the hit single ‘I Will Give You Everything‘. I remember this album fondly while swimming in a hammock somewhere on a lake in Northern Ontario; beer in one hand, joint in the other. A similar memory for many Canadians I recon. Of course, there is lots more to this album than it’s primary hit.
From start to finish it’s pure Canadiana at it’s finest and I can think of no better album to kick off the holiday back porch festivities this evening. Other great tunes off this album include ‘Maybe It’s Not Good Enough‘, ‘We Don’t Talk Much Anymore‘, ‘Too Bad You Say It’s Over’, and ‘No One Could’. Yet, despite these amazing songs the album largely goes forgotten now even by the more diehard Skydigger fans who will likely name ‘Restless‘ or ‘Road Radio‘ as the better album.
Me? I’ll stick with the original thanks.