I was doing some work listening to my Ipod. A new song that recently I rediscovered came on. One of the great things about having my Ipod is going through all my CD’s and rediscovering them.
So there I am listening to Barenaked Ladies cover a great tune by another Canadian Icon Bruce Cockburn. The song got me thinking!
I first discovered the Barenaked Ladies back in Jr High when they first released their Indie single “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”. I was drawn to watch their video on Much music. Look at what they had going for them, their name…Barenaked Ladies, talking about lovers and teenage hormones. I don’t have to say I was somewhat disappointed when I found out the band was made up of five guys from Toronto.
But the music was really good. I have seen them live and their shows are amazing.
So one of the greatest lyrics in this song is:
“got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.”
There are just so many ways to take that line… This version of this song came from a tribute album titled Kick at the Darkness.
This song got me thinking about Bruce Cockburn, an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. When this song was first released by Cockburn it was followed up by the song “If I had a Rocket Launcher.” One could look at this and say the first song about lovers and than second about protest and war. I look at it and think maybe he had a crystal ball.
Think about it. Play any of the Grand Theft Auto and there you go you have a rocket launcher in a contemporary cityscape.
Maybe someone from Rockstar listen to Canadian 80’s pop and was inspired to develop the sandbox game.
Now you can have a rocket launcher anywhere. You can load GTA Chinatown onto your Ipod Touch and than literary take it anywhere!