Aretha Franklin & Billy Preston, fantastic blues/gospel rendition, c1987 Detroit, USA
Happy New Year!
‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, by Gordon Lightfoot
‘Log Driver’s Waltz’, classic Canadiana vignette, featuring a Kate & Anna McGarrigle sing-along, via the NFB
Neil Young busking outside Glasgow Central (rail station) c.1976, Scotland, found via Poppytalk
‘Snowy Morning’, painting by artist Linus Woods, from Long Plain First Nation, via Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton, AB …
‘Twilight on the frozen lake
North wind about to break’
-Bob Dylan, ‘Never Say Goodbye’
‘Polar Bear & Cub’, by Niviaksiak, 1959, and a poignant piece about the artist & his art, via Waddington’s …
‘Untitled Chant’: [haiku url=”http://download940.mediafire.com/vjndi1o3l0ug/odkjzjufznz/Untitled+Chant.mp3″ title=”” graphical=”true”]
… Found, including fascinating wee backstory to this beautiful, obscure song, via Corduroy Mountain …’Her song simmers with a spectrum of emotions: sadness, hope, desperation, and resolve.’ …
Also, a clue from this extract from the comment by levinsky9, via the NYT review of said movie:
‘Henry Mancini’s music, based on the song created by an Inuit woman who made it up on request …’
Curious to know what Medicine Lady is singing about … could it be a foretelling, a lamenting … ‘warmest year on record‘ … observations from visiting photographer Ron Wassink in Iqaluit, ‘no one has a memory of the bay as we see it today’ … ‘there is no ice on Frobisher Bay’ …
… Could it be the Gulf Stream has veered northwest, leaving Britain in a rather more Labradorian / ‘White Dawn’ deep freeze these past few winters …?
… Now there is talk of a ‘polar bear refuge‘ …
… Whatever the reason, it’s unnerving & not ‘in season’, that on this day, 01 January 2011, in Toronto, Canada, it’s a soggy, grey +10C …!