It’s Friday


From: Michael O’Connor Clarke
Subject: It’s Friday

Here’s a little slice of updated Canadiana to start your morning right…

Even though I didn’t grow up on a diet of CBC and NFB, as most of you did, the odd piece of CanCon would sometimes leak across the pond onto BBC airwaves. As I was going through a transition from punk to new wave in the late 70s, my kid brother – seven years younger than me – was wandering around the house singing his own made-up nonsense words to “The Log Driver’s Waltz”. That lovely NFB animation had been in heavy rotation on BBC kids’ TV and it had become lodged in his head. Yes, he wanted to become a lumberjack (true).

Earlier this week, at the “Reimagine CBC” celebration at the Vogue Theatre, the splendid Dan Mangan and friends performed a nice acoustic version of the tune. Watching this immediately swept me back in time to the living room of my teenage home. Even if you’ve no idea what the hell I’m on about with all this Log Driver’s Waltz tosh, I hope you’ll still agree: this is some pretty damn charming stuff.

And since we’re on the topic of marvellous Canadian music, here’s another wonderful little vignette: members of the ridiculously over-talented Wainwright family gathering to pick some of their favourite tunes. Me gusta.

That’s enough culture for this issue. Let’s segue via the world of music into some serious political commentary – if you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where fashion sits…

Good news this week, btw. I know these emails can be a bit long sometimes and you worry that you won’t find the time to get through them – especially with the end of the world hurtling towards us, according to followers of the Mayan calendar. Well relax: it turns out you will, after all, have “billions, trillions, octillions of years” to watch every single cat video I ever link to.

Oh, is that the time? I really should be going…

(Wait… what? No cat video? Oh, alright then, if you insist. Fair warning, though: Cee Lo Green is one weird fucking dude.)