I can’t help but be the eternal optimist, though, hopeful that as we progress as a nation and people, we’ll find enough common ground to feel a celebration is in order. Maybe it’s time Canada had “Something To Sing About” again. Here’s hoping we find that something soon.
Beard Springsteen’s “Bored at the ECMAs” may have nothing at all to do with the annual Maritimes music awards, but that title couldn’t be any better at nailing the malaise and melancholy Millennials and the Middle Aged alike are both feeling in 2016: What happened to my future?
But eyes are opening. Minds are waking. Nations are rising, and rising again. A Tribe Called Red is wiping away borders, dismantling barriers that have stood between justice and ignorance for generations, and signing up recruits to the Halluci Nation.
The best songwriters manage to acknowledge the darkness in the world while trying to see the light at the end of all the grief and inevitable despair; if they think we can make the world a better place, it’s okay for us to think that too. John K. Samson remains optimistic and politely suggests we do the same.
I’m not sure exactly what Adrian Teacher and the Subs are singing about in “Forget America”, but the sentiment strikes a chord. For Canadian musicians–and most certainly for their fans, there has never been a better time to act on their advice.