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BleedingHeart
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posted 13 August 2003 06:38 PM      Profile for BleedingHeart   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
While agreeing with most of Bruce's politics, does anyone else think his most recent music kind of sucks.

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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 13 August 2003 11:54 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nope. Still gotta love 'im.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 14 August 2003 12:31 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't heard any of his very recent stuff, but I kind of liked where he took things a few years back... more groovy and bluesy, less hippy/protesty. And as a fan, I must insist you edit the title of this thread.
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Timebandit
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posted 14 August 2003 01:48 AM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bruce Cockburn is terrific. In fact, I was, this very evening, part of a studio audience for a new variety show for Vision TV, in which he was a guest. The show is called "Live at Wood River Hall", will air in January, and is hosted by Connie Kaldor.

Anyway, it was a great show. No more than 50 people in the audience. Lots of impromptu kibbitzing while the techies did their things. New songs from his latest album. Wow. There's a song about Cambodia that was incredibly powerful. My opinion -- he's just getting better.

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Lima Bean
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posted 14 August 2003 10:32 AM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does anyone know if Bruce coined the phrase (oft-paraphrased and recently used as a book title) "amuse ourselves to death"?

I believe he sings it in a song that also talks about moebus strips and night time (I'm absolutely terrible with song titles), and I think it's from like, 1979. Waaaay before Roger Waters' CD, and long before the book came out as well...

I'd like to be able to give him credit for that line, because it's smart, and he's so cool. Can anybody corroborate my suspicion?


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 14 August 2003 10:49 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The song is "You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chances", from his 1981 Inner City Front album. And, it was certainly the first place I'd heard the phrase (although my ears hear "mobius streets).

quote:
In a maze of mobius streets
We're trying to amuse ourselves to death
Under the deep sky, that's
Squating so close over us tonight
You'd think it was trying to hatch us.

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Lima Bean
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posted 14 August 2003 10:54 AM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, that's the line. I guess I'm just as bad with lyrics as I am with titles.

Smart guy, tho, isn't he?

When I was a kid we had his Rainforest album on vinyl, and I always loved the song about the rocket launcher. That was back when I was just developing my awareness of the rainforest and the environment and recycling etc., so it was pretty formative, that song.

The dude's just really cool.


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 14 August 2003 11:09 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The dude's just really cool.

I agree. I have several of his albums, and I saw him at a very intimate venue in Hamilton a long time ago. But, did you know that he's also a huge gun nut? I worked with a woman whose brother, a similarly huge gun nut, used to shoot with him at a range in Missisauga.


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Lima Bean
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posted 14 August 2003 11:13 AM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
oooh, I never would have suspected. That's not so cool at all...

I'll have to think on that for a while. I wonder if he's ever talked about it in an interview or anything.


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BleedingHeart
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posted 14 August 2003 11:38 AM      Profile for BleedingHeart   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sorry about the mis-spelling.

His early protest songs like "Burn baby burn" and "Rocket Launcher" were melodic.

His most recent work as evidenced by his performance at the Edmonton folk fest consisted of rants punctuated by guitar solos.


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jeff house
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posted 14 August 2003 01:15 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I went with Bruce on a trip financed by Oxfam Canada to a refugee camp in Honduras, called Colomoncagua. It had been unlawfully attacked by the Honduran Army, despite being UN-protected. We went to collect the testimony of witnesses, to be brought to the UN General Assembly.

When Bruce got there, though, he announced he would like to give a free concert. Maybe 5000 people turned up. My most vivid memory is that, in one song, he sings: "Sandino vive en la lucha por la paz". It was the only thing he sang in Spanish, but it electrified the crowd. Once word had been passed around that he really did sing those words, there was a huge wave of applause which washed over us, as they showed their appreciation.

I can't say much about his most recent music, but I think he's a terrific fellow.


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worker_drone
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posted 14 August 2003 01:38 PM      Profile for worker_drone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
But, did you know that he's also a huge gun nut?

Even worse...he's a devout Christian too. A religous gun nut! But Bruce is cool.


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 14 August 2003 02:02 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Sandino vive en la lucha por la paz"

I have this track on a live album of his. Really amazing album.


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