This video "After the Gold Rush" is so appropriate on many levels in this post this morning. It strikes a very strong chord in my thinking. From the magnificent musical mind of Neil Young... via the revered and songbird voices of three gifted... intelligent... strong women musicians. Finally, from me to you.. "a simple painter just passing through" What does it say to you?
"We... the North!"
Beyond being a now iconic basketball cheer... this terse patriotic ditty now serves as a driver in an entirely new marketing industry. One can buy it on a range of now pedantic shirts, caps, coffee cups, vehicle banners and flags. et al... to ad nauseum. The only thing more nauseating is the farcical money-grabbing display of free agency that NBA players have chosen to inflict upon (once) proud Canadian fans who supported the Raptors as a team. I feel betrayed... and cynical as opposed to swelling with pride as a nation. "WE"... the TRUE North are better than that... and always have been.
As Canadians... whether in Peace or war, we have long been recognized as a nation of Peacemakers. Since the conflict of 1812-14, we two neighbors have chosen to live in peace and prosperity on a (fence less) border... the Saint Lawrence River. Will that continue?
Or will that too be displaced by greed-driven feelings and actions by a small few for their own profit and gain? Time will tell. It's all about "climate change"... right... EH?
Enough lectern / pedestal stuff. Here's the really important stuff on this special 102nd Birthday of our country.
I wish to offer a heartfelt HAPPY Canada Day! ... to all of my family and friends stretching... "From sea to shining sea."
I feel so very blessed and Proud to be Canadian. Proud of the beauty of our homeland... still...
"true... strong and free."
Here is my personal tribute... in paintings that I was blessed to have visited and painted en plein air along my journey.
"... and miles to go... before I sleep."
My love and thanks to all of my loved ones!... You know who you are!
Maritime Monarch, Peggy's Cove , NS
Rustico Light, PEI
Les Eboulements, Charlevoix, QC
La Lumiere d'or
Saint Louis-de-Ha-Ha, Que
The Magnificence of Algonquin Park in All Seasons Quadriptych
Faded Rose... Rumble's Feed Mill, Hillsdale ON
Kensington Market, Augusta St Toronto
Northland Falls, Kakabeka Falls in Autumn
Ribald Royalty, Kananaskis, ALTA
The Real Canadian Idylls, Kananaskis ALTA
Squamish Light, Squamish, BC
A handful of hours to share with you... proudly... and humbly on July 1st, 2019. I am greatly blessed
Deb and I included a few quiet moments last evening decorating Allie's commemorative ginkgo tree... "She" was fiercely Canadian and deserved a nod on this occasion. Gone on... but NEVER forgotten Jemima!! Miss you!!!
HAPPY CANADA DAY ALL!!!