Canada Waits For Christmas – December 13th
Welcome to this virtual Avent calendar showcasing Canadian art and culture. Impossibly stuck behind the next tiny cardboard door is a life-size Ian Tyson singing the classic Four Strong Winds which he wrote in 1962, and performed with his former-wife Sylvia Tyson. Wow, upon listening to this again, I can see why it became a classic. Brilliant. The following recording of the song is sans Sylvia.
“Still, I wish you’d change your mind
If I asked you one more time,
But we’ve been through that a hundred times or more.”
In this video, Ian Tyson tells the story of the beautiful Greek girl from Vernon, B.C. whom he was missing when he was in New York’s Greenwich Village hanging out with Bob Dylan. According to Ian Tyson, he wrote the song in about 20 minutes.
Today is British Columbia artist and author Emily Carr‘s birthday. She would have been 151 years old.
Well, upon reading about Emily Carr and her deep grief over the plight of Vancouver Island’s Indigenous (Haida) people, I have no jokes to make. Take care and hug what and who you love. – Lori