Canada’s Birthday Present To The World: Great Music!

Well, it wouldn’t be Canada Day if I didn’t post a playlist to celebrate the grand occasion so here is your third installment of Canadian Eh? music.

Medley of tunes by the RCMP Pipes & Drum Corps and Scottish Dancers.  RCMP stands for Royal Canadian Mounted Police or also known here as our Mounties.

“The Weight”   ∼   The Band.  I think you might recognize the song, but did you know they were from Canada?

“Somewhere Down The Crazy River”   ∼   Robbie Robertson.  The guy who wrote “The Weight”, above.  World-renowned in his own right too.

“Hallelujah”   ∼   Leonard Cohen.  One of my favourite writers of song.  So many great covers of this out there too.  Bon Jovi’s is my pick.

“Button Box”   ∼   Walter Ostanek.  Canada’s Grammy award-winning Polka King.

“Tullochgorum”   ∼   Natalie MacMaster.  This woman’s got soul.  Oh yeah, and she plays a damn good fiddle.

“Poka Rokin”   ∼   Ashley MacIsaac.  This boy knows how to rock a fiddle too.

“Spirit of Radio”   ∼   Rush.  One word band name, one word to describe them:  rock.

“Life Is A Highway”   ∼   Tom Cochrane.  Picture yourself in the car, windows down, music a blarin’ to this song.  Can’t help but sing along.

“Roadhouse Blues”   ∼   Jeff Healey.  Sadly, we lost both of the great men in this video in the last decade.  Thank you for entertaining us with all of your wonderful gifts.

“Chelsea Morning”   ∼   Joni Mitchell.  Warm wishes on your journey back to health Joni.  Thank you for the gift of your music to the world.

“Cry Me A River”   ∼   Diana Krall.  More than 15 million albums sold worldwide, that says a lot.  Hubby is Elvis Costello.

“I Can See Clearly Now”   ∼   Holly Cole Trio.  Love her cover of this great song.

“Save The Last Dance For Me”   ∼   Michael Bublé.  Oh if only I could dance with this man.

“O Holy Night”   ∼   The Canadian Tenors.  My favourite Christmas song.

“The Cat”   ∼   Paul Shaffer et al.  Not just Letterman’s sidekick.  Did you know he co-wrote the Billboard #1 hit “It’s Raining Men”?

“I’ve Been Everywhere”   ∼   Hank Snow.  Yeah, he traveled everywhere singing about what made Canada the awesome country that it is.

“Wasn’t That A Party”   ∼   Irish Rovers.  And you thought they were from Ireland didn’t ya?  Nah, Canada knows how to party (and drink apparently).

Well, I started the first playlist with a Canadian classic and I’m gonna end this final playlist with the same.  His songs truly are ‘snapshots of our lives’ as this video says.  And second only to our national anthem, this song will likely be the most played tune across the country.  Happy Birthday Canada.  I am grateful I get to call you my home.

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