Friday, October 10, 2008

Musical Memories - an Ode to Sloan

The other night as I sat down to watch one of the best shows on CBC (well, probably the only show I watch on CBC, if only it weren't on so late every night), the Hour, I noticed that they had changed the theme song. It used to be the New Pornographers. But this season, they're using the distinctive sound of Sloan.

Have you heard of them? If you haven't, check this out... (well, it's the longest intro ever in this video, so forward about 2 minutes to the actual song).

They've been together 17 years now. Wow.

When they first came out around 1992, I enjoyed their indie flavour, the "Canadian-ness" of them. Smart hip lyrics, fun melodies. "Coax Me" and "Underwhelmed" among some of their early hits.

The definitive album for me, though, was "One Chord to Another" released in 1996, where "Good in Everyone" (the clip above) was featured. That song and my other favourite, "Everything You've Done Wrong" bring back some great memories.

Of a time when I was first married, in our first house together. Filled with hope and excitement after deciding that it was time to start our family. I remember bopping around the house to this CD, we were playing it on heavy rotation. Full of optimism for our future.

The journey to family wasn't quite as easy as expected.

To be honest, I haven't been following these guys in the last few years. So when I heard this music introducing the Hour, it made me curious about what they've been up to.

Looks like they're still doing it. And doing it well. They're currently on tour with Lenny Kravitz.

I'm glad. I am in a happy place again, all these years later. Bopping around with my breakdancing wannabe 8 year old and blossoming 3 year old popper. With the occasional 80's dance saved for the Man. And for that I am very, very thankful.

Wishing everyone celebrating this weekend, a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.


Miss said...

Very cool!! I love when music takes me back to a very good place in time.

April said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

OHmommy said...


And happy Canadian thanksgiving to you babe.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

last couple of paragraphs are Sa-Weeeet.

Kimmylyn said...

Music is that important to me.. Happy Thanksgiving again!!


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