It was a warm afternoon at Dr. B’s, despite the weather. I debuted two songs, one old/new and one new/new. Several weeks ago Brian had thrown down the challenge to bring an old song that you had not performed for awhile and present it again. So I dug up a song I had written about 40 years ago and had never, in fact, performed, polished it up a bit, and presented it. You probably know that, when you write a song, you can copyright it, but did you know that you can’t copyright a song title? That is why there are so many songs called Blowin’ in the Wind, Satisfaction and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, for instance. Anyway, I called this song O Canada, for reasons that are obvious. Hopefully it will gain something from the association.
The other song is called Debbie and Gayle, 1994. This is from graffiti that I saw while driving along highway 69 near Parry Sound, one day. There is all sorts of graffiti along that highway. I don’t know why people do that. They seem to think the rocks will look so much better with their names scrawled across them. They don’t. Usually, you see things like “Dave and Cathy”, “Joe and Louise”, “Pierre and Michelle”, “Fred and Ethel”, etc. When I saw this “Debbie and Gayle, 1994”, a little voice in my head said “Well, times have changed.” Do you ever hear those little voices in your head? That was the impetus for this song, a “times have changed” kind of song.