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Saturday Music Memories – American Woman and My Hometown

I am from Winnipeg, Canada and love where I grew up. Every time I hear this week’s “Saturday Music Memory” I just feel darn proud!

Many people don’t realize that Winnipeg was a music factory in the 70’s, and has continued to put out great acts over the years. Do you remember that classic rock gem called American Woman? The Guess Who put Winnipeg on the map in 1970 when this song reached number 1!

You may recognize the names of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman specifically. I have attached The Guess Who’s Wikipedia page for more information.

Their history of success, break-ups, reunions, and changes are quite remarkable.

Burton Cummings has had a very successful solo career, while Randy Bachman went on to form BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) in the mid 70’s. They had many hits, including the very popular “Taking Care of Business”.

But these boys have always been better together than apart in my opinion.  I have attached a live 9+ minute jam of American Woman from Burton Cummings’ YouTube Channel.

The legendary Neil Young is also from Winnipeg, among others. I included a link highlighting a history of music in my hometown!

Enjoy this video and history lesson of music in my hometown!


Saturday Music Memories – Are You Feeling Better Now?

If I need a kick in the pants, a couple doses of this song at high volume seems to do the trick. I have loved Ed Roland and the gang from Collective Soul for close to 20 years, and their energy on stage is impressive.

I have had the pleasure of seeing them live on a handful of occasions and they never disappoint!

Enjoy this live version of their hit “Better Now” with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Have an AWESOME weekend…

Saturday Music Memories – The Stones Keep “Rollling”

I have had the good fortune of seeing the Rolling Stones play live outdoors twice in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mick is one of my favourites front men of all time. I really like all members of the band, even the ones that barely look alive anymore (you know who you are).

As they embark on a 50th anniversary mini tour, this great tune is on the new compilation.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Saturday Music Memories – Aussie’s Rock!

I had the distinct pleasure of travelling to Australia in 1998 for 7 months. During that time, I listened to a lot of their local music.

One band that I was already in love with was Midnight Oil. I have had the pleasure of seeing them play live twice in Canada. They put on an incredible show.

Check out this excellent acoustic arrangement of one of their classic hits!

Saturday Music Memories – Wheat Kings And Pretty Things

It is Thanksgiving  in Canada, and I am moving a little slower than normal this weekend! The Tragically Hip are Canadian Icons, and one of my favourite bands EVER! Almost 20 years ago they wrote a fabulous song dedicated to David Milgaard who spent more than 23 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Have a listen. Details of his remarkable story are below if you would like to have a read.

Saturday Music Memories – No Surprise I Love This!

I have never really been a music/singing reality show type of guy. But I must admit that my guilty pleasure was the first year of RockStar: INXS. My wife and I got totally hooked on that.

One of the only seasons that I followed American Idol was after I heard about this “Chris Daughtry Guy”. I just loved his work from the moment I saw him. And even after he lost, I knew that he was going to be a huge success.

One of my indicators of what kind of talent a vocalist/band has is how they perform stripped down and acoustic.

Well I absolutely love this version of Daughtry’s “No Surprise”, and I hope you do to!

Saturday Music Memories – Just Watch!

I still watch this several times a month. Close to 77 million people have enjoyed this as well. It is hard to describe how awesome I think this is.

A true example of how cool the human spirit can be, and how we should enjoy the journey in unique and creative ways!

Saturday Music Memories – Did You Take A Rain Jacket?

When you think about successful Canadian musicians over the last 30 years, it is hard not to include Bryan Adams in the conversation. I have loved his music since I heard it for the first time in 1983 or 1984. His live shows are incredible, and his enthusiasm and love for his fans are well documented. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing him perform in a smaller venue a few years ago. It was him, his guitar and a guy on the grand piano. That is the style of performance which separates the true performers from the wanna-bees. No technology to hide behind; just the instruments and vocals –  Incredible.

What I really wanted to talk about was a late summer day in Winnipeg, Canada back in August of 1992. Bryan Adams was on the top of his game, and he rolled through town for a day festival which featured The Steve Miller Band, Extreme, Honeymoon Suite and Sass Jordan.

My friend and I planned to be there very early that day, and the forecast was cloudy with a good chance of showers. I will never forget walking out the door with a light jacket and my dad asking, “Maybe you should take a rain jacket?”

“Nah dad, I am ok”, I responded. “Those are not rain clouds”.

Well I was wrong, dead wrong. And within a half hour of arriving on the concert site at Birds Hill Park near Winnipeg, it started to rain. It seemed to rain all day, and rarely stopped. Many of us were not dressed for the weather, and absolutely soaked. But none of us dared to leave.

The other bands were incredible, and the vibe was fantastic, but we were all there really for one reason – Adams.

When he finally came out, he did an incredible live version of House Arrest. This is a newer live version that I pulled off his YouTube channel.

Unfortunately he was never able to finish the concert because of the weather – but he still played for a long time. I remember his stage hands basically having to pull him away from the microphone because he did not want to leave. That is a sign of a true performer committed to his fans. But it was getting dangerous up there.

Whenever somebody in my family has gone to an outdoor event for the last 20 years and does not take proper clothing to be ready for inclement weather, we always say,

“Remember Bryan Adams”.

Nothing else needs to be said. We just know what it means!

Saturday Music Memories – Summer Song

It is summer, and where I live, you can’t roll down your car windows all year!

Brandon Boyd from Incubus makes me want to roll down the car windows all the time and listen to his music. He is on of the modern vocalists that I am captivated by.

This live version of “Isadore” is awesome and I have enjoyed it for several months now.

Saturday Music Memories – “Put Me In Coach”…

“I’m ready to play”!

I love baseball. I quit when I was 15 years old, but should have kept playing. I heard John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” on Thursday, and it brought back some very vivid memories.

I was about 12 or 13 years old. I played in baseball tournament over a weekend, and had a great time. The baseball diamonds were well-groomed, and there were more fans than usual, and it just felt different. Every time we took the field, “Centerfield” played, and I remember thinking how cool that was.

I don’t think we won the tournament, but I had a fantastic time. The only bad memory I had of the weekend was about a slide in to second base. The good news is I was safe; the bad news was I had to sleep on my side for a week because of the scrapes! OUCH…