Song Of The Day – Remembering Billy Bryans

William “Billy” Bryans passed away on April 23.  He was 62.  Billy played drums for many bands including Raffi and the Downchild Blues Band.  He is best know as one of the founders of the Parachute Club.  He was widely known as a producer, making records with the above artists and Lillian Allen.  He was also a promoter and an accomplished songwriter.

Parachute Club on WordPress

Rise Up




Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 24

A great set if you like classic rock.  Max Webster is featured with 2 songs in the grouping.

1.  Max Webster

“Let Go the Line”

The Best of Max Webster
The Best of Max Webster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Max Webster was the starting point for 2 of Canada’s most brilliant songwriters, Kim Mitchell and Pye Dubois.  The band formed in 1973 and had a string of hits and gold albums until 1981.  The principals all went on to great solo careers.

Let Go The Line

2. Nickelback

“Worthy to Say”

Chad Kroeger on stage with Nickelback in Dubli...
Chad Kroeger on stage with Nickelback in Dublin May 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing to say, except they are from small town Alberta.  Major international stars, you either like them or you don’t.

Worthy to Say

3. Bachman Turner Overdrive

“Lookin Out for Number One”

Bachman-Turner Overdrive performing live in Ör...
Bachman-Turner Overdrive performing live in Örebro, Sweden 1991 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great song.  I always thought their early material was far superior.  Kind of like the jazzy sound they had before they went straight power chords.

Looking Out For Number One

4. Max Webster

“Night Flights”

Kim Mitchell, Bobcaygeon Arena - 2005
Kim Mitchell, Bobcaygeon Arena – 2005 (Photo credit: Steven Burke)

The second entry.  Both these songs were from the same album.  There will be more.

Night Flights

5. The Band

“King Harvest”

Bob Dylan and The Band - February 2, 1974
Bob Dylan and The Band – February 2, 1974 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Band is likely the best band to come out of our country.  Great music.  This video is absolutely spectacular.

King Harvest

Song Of The Day – Wintersleep – “In Came The Flood”

English: Wintersleep performing at The Wave in...
English: Wintersleep performing at The Wave in PEI, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The good news is – Wintersleep is back with a new album.  This group of Indie rockers hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia and have been together since 2001.  Best known for their song Weighty Ghost (check it out here), this album has been widely anticipated.  Great band.

Wintersleep Home Page




Dumb Superstition


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, beginning on Wednesday night. Both teams won the Western and Eastern Conference titles respectively in overtime.

The Los Angeles Kings won the Clarence Campbell Bowl for their efforts. The New Jersey Devils captured the Prince Of Wales trophy for their accomplishment. Both teams carried the tradition of NOT touching the trophy afterwards. The reason given is that they are not playing for those trophies. The only one that matters is the Stanley Cup and that touching the other trophies is considered bad luck. What a bunch of horse manure!

For the record, here’s where this “tradition” started. Back in 1996, the Florida Panthers shocked the hockey world, by upsetting Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final. The Panthers celebrated by hoisting the Prince…

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Song Of The Day – Remembering Chris Ethridge

The Gilded Palace of Sin. Flying Burrito Broth...
The Gilded Palace of Sin. Flying Burrito Brothers 1969 LP (Photo credit: sludgegulper)

Another part of music history has passed on.  Chris Ethridge, bass player, passed away on April 23.  He was 65.  He was suffering with pancreatic cancer Check out this list of players and bands he worked with, but first, note that he was the bassist for The Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman.  These guys pretty much created the country-rock genre of music.  Chris wrote several songs with the band.

The List

Judy Collins, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Paul Kantner, The Doors and the list goes on.

Lazy Day

Song Of The Day – Catherine McLellan – “Take A Break”

Taking a break
Taking a break (Photo credit: noise64)

Enjoy a break.  I have officially pushed myself away from the keyboard for the weekend.  Looks like a nice weekend.  See you on Monday

“Take A Break”

We Live On An Alien Planet

Devil's Postpile National Monument, Reds Meado...
Devil’s Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow Valley, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, California, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever heard of Blood Falls?  How about Jellyfish Lake?  The Devil’s Postpile perhaps?  Check this article out.  You would think you are on a different planet.  Ten very different places from the norm on Earth.

10 Amazing Places

Song Of The Day – Travis – “Why Does It Always Rain On Me”

English: Travis
English: Travis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An oldie from a Scottish band called “Travis“.  This song “Why Does It Always Rain On Me“, released in 2006, but only hit my personal world today.  Shame on me.  Another nugget that presented itself in those dreary 20 minutes between work and home.  The band is from Glasgow and they formed way back in 1990.  The host on CBC2 told a story about the band, in that it rains when they play this live and outdoors.  Interesting.  Enjoy a very nice tune.

Travis on Last FM

“Why Does It Always Rain On Me”

Song Of The Day – David Myles – “Simple Pleasures”

Hey it is almost summer.  Let’s start moving towards it.  And while we are at it, lets exude some joy.  This song is perfect for both.  David Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Fredericton, New Brunswick.  This song is off his album “Into The Sun” which was released in 2011.  Enjoy Simple Pleasures.

David Myles Home Page


Simple Pleasures


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