Sunday, August 21, 2011
Late Night at Simon's: Bruce and the Magic Ponies
Shortly after the gay blogger Bruce McDonald killed himself, I went over to his shuttered site Canuck Attitude, and stole his jukebox.
I was hoping to remember him by playing some of the old tunes and cartoons he use to run late on a Saturday night. But for one reason or another it didn't happen. So I thought I'd start tonight.
I don't have any cartoons, because the good ones he used to run were harder to find than I thought.
But I do have a sweet story about how a mother reacted when her small boy fell in love with a character from Glee.
Because I know how he suffered from being different, and how he was bullied.
I also have another cute story from Quebec City, where a mysterious woman in black, who "runs like a gazelle" has been hanging little ponies all over the place to chase the greyness away.
The object of my project is to make people smile. It's a wink to the generation we are, young adults and big children. A peaceful symbol, unisex, and fairy-like.
I live in a city that is a bit grey, a blasé lover, who only takes out its attractions on special days, and often goes to bed too early.
Because I know Bruce could relate to that, and depression was his killer.
As for the music, that was hard to find too. Because although I love retro music, I don't know much about stuff from the fifties or the sixties.
But I'm sure he would have liked this one, his good friend JJ found this week.
Because in his way he was a rebel too.
And I hope he would have liked this one because it's something new but also something old.
And every time I play this song it makes me feel happy...
Too bad Bruce never heard it. Too bad the magic ponies couldn't save him.
Have a great Sunday everybody.
I'll be back on Monday...