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    Reading, Kickboxing, Yoga, Music, Social Justice, Spending time with friends & family
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    "I do it for the joy it brings, 'cause I'm a joyful girl, I do it 'cause the world owes me nothing, and we owe each other the world." -Ani Difranco
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  1. Hi Everyone! I just got home from the Ottawa show and want to post the set list (as I remember it...I’m not always great with the song names so please feel free to correct me if you notice a mistake): Champions of Nothing, Prime Time Deliverence, Tripoli, Fearless, Empty Road, While We Were Hunting Rabbits, Born Losers, Symbolistic White Walls, Fated, The Fine Art of Falling Apart, Load Me Up, Apparitions, This is Night, Change of Season. Encore: Hello Time Bomb, Strange Days, Blue Skies over Badlands. This concert had a lot of songs that I haven’t heard played in concert for so many years that I can’t be certain that I ever heard them played in concert (not since he was burning monkey masks on stage)...or perhaps it is just the level of inebriation I was experiencing at those bygone concerts which keeps me from remembering. There was lots of talk about drinking at this concert and Matt did get visibly drunk to the point where I wondered if he forgot some of the words to Change of Season (of course my memory could be off, or he could legitimately changed the lyrics which he absolutely has the right to do). The drinking jokes seemed to get a mixed review and for my part I have overcome addictions myself and have family still mired in addiction so the chatter about alcohol doesn’t have the same shine it would have had in my younger years. That said, Matt seemed to be enjoying himself. I certainly felt that his demeanour was lighter and more cheerful than it has in past concerts and I wonder if this tour, with the more intimate venues is part of that. Whatever the case, I am happy that Matt seemed well: jokes about alcohol won’t keep me from his concerts now or ever. The venue was small enough for conversation between he and the audience and I know that’s true because I was in the cheap seats and yelled out to him at a silent moment and responded to what I yelled, which was pretty fun! The lighting and simplistic set design was gorgeous; simply breathtaking. The only one that rivalled it in my opinion was the lighting on his Lights of Endangered Species tour. The backdrop tonight was five vertical lights directly behind Matt which spanned from floor to ceiling. They reminded me of the neck of a guitar, whether or not that was the intent, I do not know. They shimmered and shone in a variety of different hues and rhythms. Whoever thought up the lighting deserves a raise. Finally, Matt’s voice is the best I’ve heard it in years. He was back to his true tenor self, even transposing some songs into higher keys which was unexpected as he seems to have been going to lower keys in past concerts. I wonder if it is easier on his voice to sing solo? I haven’t heard him this strong vocally since Vancouver. If I’ve posted stuff that others have already spoken about, I extend my apologies. I didn’t want spoilers so I haven’t read any of the concert feed. oh...if you are reading this before going to see him in concert: brush up on the lyrics to Load Me Up!
  2. I’m so happy to hear that! End of life care is incredibly important and misunderstood. While the experiences you have must be tough, I would guess that there is also much beauty attached to your work. I work in mental health care, with much focus on suicide. I talk about death all the time and find at least as much positive, as negative, though this is not the same as what you deal with day in and day out. Have you seen BJ Miller’s Ted Talk? It is my all time favourite Ted Talk, knocking both Brene Brown and Amanda Palmer off their long held positions at the top of my list. If not, here it is:
  3. This is a very tricky and personal issue. I wonder if you are concerned that you are not feeling the deaths of those around you more acutely? I feel this is an important question that can't be simply answered as this can shift and change over time. I have known many a person who has worked in the health care field and found themselves emotionally distanced by all of the tough stuff they face: deaths, traumatic accidents, assaults, etc; who then, at the end of their careers, or when their own lives take an unexpected shift, find themselves feeling a backlog of all that they have witnessed. I have also met and worked with people who have a very profound sense of spirituality that allows them to process their emotions without getting emotionally involved. I don't know what the right answer is in general, and certainly not for anyone else. I have found that in my personal life, I am quite able to separate myself from what other people are dealing with, and own only that which is mine; emotionally speaking. I lost a parent and two grandparents in the span of 18months, almost losing my other parent within that timeframe as well. I no longer have a fear of death myself, due to these events and have developed a strong sense of spirituality over the ensuing years. This helps me to feel the emotions that arise from the death of someone in my circle, without the death impacting me so acutely that I have trouble moving forward...so far, at least; life surprises me on a regular basis and it's possible that this would not be true were one of my core loved ones to die. Despite this distance I have from the acute effects of death, I do feel grief, loss, sadness, pain, joy, fear, discontent, shame, disquiet, curiosity, fatigue, energy, and so much love for my life, among other emotions. I try to stay away from tagging emotions with labels like "positive" and "negative" and think on them as important pieces to expressing myself authentically. I try to celebrate every moment, large and small. This, I think, is what allows me to keep waking up and moving forward each day with a smile on my face...a real smile; a beat in my feet, a song in my heart. Perhaps this sounds too shiny for some. I think that if we are looking within ourselves and allowing ourselves to feel what we need to feel, then we don't need to worry about what the world is telling us about how we should feel. We'll feel what we need to, when we need to feel it. That said, if you're wondering if there are emotions underlying your professional demeanor, then it might be worthwhile to dive a little deeper. You'll know when the time is right to do so: it will be a non-negotiable and you'll also see clearly how you want to move forward. Allow yourself to be surprised, and enjoy the ride: that's what life is all about!
  4. Bahahahaha! That's hilarious! I don't know that I have much of a right to comment on Matt stepping back from this site, or his other social media accounts as I was unaware of these occurrences...I was taking my own break from the wide world of web, as I often do. I will say that I find myself, a trauma survivor, to be in need of pulling back from all things tech related when I'm feeling a bit kicked by life. It's something that helps me take some time to look within and sort through all of the ridiculous nonsense that comes attached with having a pulse these days. I have often pondered my "relationship" with Matt: understanding that I met him once for 10min in person, meaning that we have no personal relationship whatsoever. That said, I feel as though there is a very personal quality to the way I feel about him, due to the manner in which I have bonded with his music. These days, I think of his music as a good friend: a stabilising force in my life when all else goes awry, and a source of joy in my quieter, calmer moments. When everyone else in my support network is inaccessible to me, his music is always there, in a variety of formats, including my memory which can play a wide variety of MG tunes with great aplomb. I want to be very clear about the fact that Matt's music is my friend; that I have no right to claim friendship with its creator. As much as he puts himself into his music, these are very small glimpses into who he is in the moment of the writing of the lyrics and music: a moment, flash frozen in time; not a clear indicator of the entirety of the man, himself, nor do I feel this contact affords me the right to comment on any of his life choices. Any opportunity I have to interact with Matt on social media is a bonus, and I consider it as such. I will also mention that I have been, for over a decade now, an adult educator in a variety of different ways, including working in the fitness industry where I am often placed on a stage with people who follow my every move and tend to bond with me in very surprising ways. I have been at a health clinic getting examined (with, quite literally, my pants down) and been told by the nurse how much my classes mean to her. I have been at the grocery store and had running commentary about the food in my shopping cart: for good, or for ill. I have been recognized at concerts, clubs, stores and gatherings and approached by those who knew me, but who I did not recognise; my time then monopolised by those individuals who feel I am their friend due to the classes they had taken with me. The total number of people I come in contact with in a month would not approach the number of people at an MG concert, let alone a social media site, though it has often given me pause to consider the way we treat those to whom we assign celebrity. I truly believe that each of us has the absolute right to set clear boundaries around our personal emotional space, no matter our celebrity status. I can understand, having lived in a microcosm of scrutiny, how we may push ourselves to a point of emotional tenuousness in an effort to keep life running 'as usual', to avoid the gossip that springs from what is perceived as 'disappearing', or just because our own internal wellness metre is a bit out of whack due to stressful life events. I would support anyone in their pursuit of mental and emotional equilibrium, regardless of how artless the 'exit stage left' might appear from the outside; recognising that an abrupt departure may be a sign of the necessity of the exit. Lastly, I will say that I felt very real care demonstrated in the comments on this thread, as well as a tinge of judgement. I wonder if the judgement may come from a lack of understanding of the factors contributing to a decision, or the effects it may have on our lives. The reality is that none of us know exactly why Matt, or anyone else, may make a decision, and while it may be comforting for us to know, or fulfill some curious part of ourselves, it's really none of our business.
  5. I ordered my copies of Loser Anthems, and Avalanche a few weeks ago. I found them on the MG site and had to wait several weeks so that I could get the white vinyl Avalanche. I had to order my copy of Audio of Being from Amazon as they were sold out on the MG site: it arrived the following day and kept me going until the other two vinyls arrived. When I (finally!) received my order of Loser Anthems and Avalanche, I opened them up to find that the Avalanche records were black vinyl. I emailed the MG site and asked them for instructions regarding how to send them back and get the white vinyl. I got a prompt response telling me to keep the black vinyl, and the sleeves in case the white vinyl copy they shipped out to me was in any way damaged (ie/ if the sleeves were bent). I clarified that I didn't have to send anything back and, much to my delight, they confirmed that I was going to be able to keep both copies! This was the highlight of my week, folks! I have spent thousands of dollars on MG merch (music, tickets, travel, etc) over the years, and am always happy to do so. This feels like a gift, however! The white vinyl arrived and it did, indeed have a tiny bend in one corner of the sleeve so I swapped out the albums and will keep the black vinyl for listening; the white vinyl will be displayed somehow. I have to say that I have been listening to Loser Anthems pretty obsessively since it arrived and it sounds AAAAH-MAZING on vinyl! I haven't even put on Avalanche yet (sacreligious, I know), so entranced have I been with Loser Anthems. I even put it on for a friend who was amazed that this music was Matt Good. I'm still catching people unawares with Matt's music: the radio plays really don't do justice to his wide ranging musical talents. I hope you're all having a great time listening to your copies! P.S. I found copies of Chaotic Neutral and Something Like A Storm in the discount bin at Sunrise Records: 25% off.
  6. It looks like no one has posted here in awhile but this thread has been pinballing around my brain for awhile, as I've encountered many people who are unfamililar with Matt's music and want to hear a 'sample' of his musical stylings. This always leads me to the question of how to define Matt's music. True, he is primarily a rock n' roller but he is so much more than just that: he has such excellent range musically, a fantastic lyricist and poet, not to mention that he is a strong advocate of mental health awareness, social justice as well as fierce critic of international politics. It's tough for me to encapsulate all that he is in a nutshell musically, or otherwise. I started thinking about what 5 songs I would offer to people that might capture a pretty accurate cross-section of his musical range. While this wouldn't address the other aspects of Matt's public personae, it would at least have the capacity to get people curious enough to follow up on their own. Here's the list I have come up with, but would love to hear others' thoughts on this: 1-Dancing Invisible 2-Something Like A Storm 3-Empty Road 4-Zero Orchestra 5-Garden of Knives Let me know what you think!
  7. I'm truly amazed and impressed by some of the swag that others on this site have managed to collect! Since the last time I posted on this thread I've acquired a hoodie from the most recent tour, a vinyl copy of Arrows of Desire (which would likely be one of the very few items I would risk my life to save in the event of a fire or zompocalypse), and vinyl copies of BM revisited (also on CD), and Something Like a Storm. I'm excited about the upcoming vinyl releases and agree that it would be great to see Lights re-released on vinyl (as I failed epically when I decided not to buy it on vinyl). I would really love to see White Light Rock N Roll Review on vinyl as Empty Road is the inspiration for one of my all time favourite MG quotes. Does a lyric tattoo count as swag?
  8. I feel ya! I did pretty much the same thing. I can say that I like the ACT of playing vinyl...a lot! I love carefully taking it out of it's sleeve and looking at it to see if there are any scratches, putting it on the record player, positioning the arm and hearing the music start to play. There seems to be a richer experience attached to the whole process; one which is calming. I find this kind of calm attached to organic experience in my reading as well. I always have a book loaded on the e-reader on my phone, in case I'm caught in a situation of boredom. That's always the back up, though. I would rather read an actual book: feeling the weight of it in my hands, examining the pages for wear and tear; existent or non-existent, the smell of the book wafting out from the pages. The entire process of reading an actual book is delicious, as it the process of listening to a record as opposed to clicking a button on my computer or cell phone. Somewhere along the line we got really comfortable with "easy" being a reasonable trade off for "experience"...or maybe it's just that the things I love most are those things which are being replaced by electronically simplified and dumbed down processes.
  9. I used to be a huge OLP fan too, then two things happened: first, I saw them play live and was suitably unimpressed. They didn't seem to be able to translate well from album to live concert. Secondly, I bought "Beautiful Midnight" on the same day as I bought "Happiness". At the time I was only a passing MG fan, and bought it as an afterthought more than anything, remembering some of his radio play songs. I put "Happiness" in and was so disappointed. I decided, with a sigh, to put in BM and was stunned. I listened to it about 27,000 times in a row. I remember that I was going on a trip for Thanksgiving with my family and took BM with me (back in the day of discmen) and it was the only CD I listened to for the entire trip. I actually love Naveed. I still think it's the best overall OLP album. I also love the song 4am. I know it's OLP's version of Apparitions in that it is so well known, and I'm sure he feels he has to sing it at every concert, but it's a classic in my mind and has lots of personal meaning for me as well. I was at the recent concert in Ottawa and had to leave abruptly and unexpectedly after Matt finished playing. I heard I missed out on a duet of Hello Time Bomb...did I miss out on anything else? What did you guys think of the concert? I am having a bit of an internal struggle because it seemed like more of a festival show, at concert venue pricing. I know that Matt has to play the big hits for the less intense of his fans, but felt like I would have at least liked to hear ALL of the new album.
  10. This is wonderful news! I came across it on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and am so excited to add them to my collection!
  11. I love so many of the songs that have been relegated to "skip button" on people's players, such as Change of Season, Song for The Girl, and all of White Light Rock'n Roll Review. I actually have a tattoo of some Empty Road lyrics: "Because this world's too old to hate you, And too young to give up spring", due to the manner in which these lyrics have pulled me and pushed me forward; coercing me into trying again when all I wanted to do was put on "Loser Anthems", pull the covers over my head and retreat...and then they dared me dream of a time when I could be happy with me, as is (and look...that's here, that's now). The two songs that I hit the skip button on are Hello Time Bomb (though the video was inspirational to me for other reasons), and Load Me Up. I find that both have been played so many times that I can't appreciate them the way I once did. For awhile I couldn't listen to the Future is X-Rated, until out of the blue I found myself imagining a complex stage act reminiscent of all things Burlesque and it shifted in my brain...I encourage you to try it!
  12. This is super sad! This is a story about a recent Canada 150 compilation that completely lacks any french language music: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2017/07/21/oops-six-cd-canada-150-box-set-has-no-french-songs.html I think it's too bad that there's not more focus Canadian music because we have some of the most consistently creative and inspired music out there, in my humble Canuck opinion. In fact, when I look through my disc cases (yes, I still have CD's folks!) there is a huge quantity of Canadian music of all different varieties. And if the Star were reporting on my music collection, it would also notice the dearth of french language tunes, which is really too bad as I am bilingual and love french Canadian culture! It would be great if I heard more on the radio!
  13. So...are there any rules about skipping one when we get stumped, or re-directing to another film? I see noone has replied to this in a looooong time. It's one of my favourite places to read and post!
  14. Hey! This is a bit off the thread's topic, but I didn't want to start a whole new thread for my plea: I am looking for a hard shelled banjo case. It is going to be a gift. The recipient has requested the exact same case as he currently owns, but it has been SO beaten up that I can't tell who made it, or find a model number. The pull tab on the interior part of the case, which holds the picks, etc has a leather pull tab on which is printed "T(something-maybe an R, or a K?)L", and it says it is made in Canada. All searches have turned up a TKL that is made in the states, but he really wants something Canadian made. I would appreciate any help!
  15. You must have a background in history to have become aware of such an unsexy emperor. Sounds like he was an important guy, for sure! I like your list! It's both interesting as well as gratifying to see who inspires others. I learn from the lists of others, and open my life to new ideas and experiences: isn't this what living is all about? Thanks so much for sharing!
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