Saturday, April 16, 2016
Hey Rosetta and the Anti Harper Song
At the East Coast Music Awards last night, the Newfoundland band Hey Rosetta was the big winner.
Newfoundland's Hey Rosetta! won big at the East Coast Music Awards gala Thursday night in Sydney, N.S. The indie group -- formed in St. John's 10 years ago -- took home album of the year and group recording of the year for the album "Second Sight," and song of the year for "Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering.)"
And I couldn't be happier.
Not just because they're a great band.
But also because I can never forget the song they released exactly two weeks before the last election.
The song was called Land You Love. I was a joint collaboration with the BC band Yukon Gold.
It was a lament for a country so many of us felt we were losing.
What have we lost, poisoned, or crushed?
What highest hopes were stolen from us?
What holy rolling hills were cut into dust?
What voices were stifled, silenced, scared and carried off?
When I was a child, I sang the anthem with pride
It stood for justice, peace, and human rights
It stood for the holy rolling hills and a home for all walks of life
And it must again, for my children, and theirs.
There is a time (oh)
When a change has to come (oh)
For you to speak your mind (oh)
For you to fight for the land you love
But it was also a call for action. It ended with a band member holding up a sign with this written on it.
Imagine October 20
And a call to vote strategically to "avoid another tragic Harper government."
And although there were many great songs during that long and nightmarish campaign. With its combination of sadness and defiance, no song moved me more than that one.
Now try to imagine the day that song was released, exactly two weeks before the election.
When some polls were suggesting that the Cons were heading for a majority...
Stephen Harper was in a frenzy...
There was a feeling that anything could happen.
And now listen to that song again, shining like a light in the darkness...
And I think you can imagine how I felt. And why I was soon strumming my guitar furiously, and singing that song as loudly as my quiet voice allowed.
Congratulations Hey Rosetta and thank you Yukon Blonde.
October 20th 2015 was even better than I had imagined.
And one of the happiest days of my life...
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