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RT, oil sands, Stephen Harper, Rufus and Martha Wainwright

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on September 7, 2011

Saw the wonderful Richard Thompson last night at the Corona Theatre. This may have been his first time playing a solo gig in Montreal. I confess I wanted to dance to many of his songs but didn’t want to be irreverent. The counterpoints and counter-rhythms he plays all the while singing are mind-boggling to behold, to behear. JoelZ joined him on violin for the encores. There were many many moments of great beauty and a dazzling show of dexterity from both of them. Back in the late 70s, Richard and Linda, then pregnant with Kami, came to Montreal with Joe Boyd and John Wood so that Kate and I could add our voices to songs on Sunny Vista. We did this at Son Quebec, a studio that Andre Perry built in an old synagogue on Amherst Sq. below Sherbrooke E. I can’t believe that was the last time he was here. He has a devoted audience in Montreal and I’m sure he’ll be back soon.

Much discussion today on NPR’s On Point about the proposed Keystone pipeline linking the Alberta Tar Sands with refineries in New Orleans. Two days ago heard an interview with a prof. from California talking about the difficulties establishing democratic institutions in oil-producing countries i.e. Iran, Russia, Iraq, Libya (…Canada?). He said because the governments make all their revenues from oil exports the people in these countries pay little or no tax (cut, cut) and as a result hold no sway with their governments. Oh oh.

There’s something from Wikileaks on about how Stephen Harper (looking a bit like John Edwards in this pic..) doesn’t like to travel. I sympathize with him, but as his job demands it, I suggest he go with someone like Rufus W.  a committed globetrotter who loves nothing better than to mingle with the the beautiful people, he’s one himself. Tomorrow he and Martha are singing for the Princess Grace Foundation in Monaco. Here’s a hot pic of Martha from the Telegraph UK and one of the venue with the Royal cage where the Grimaldis perch.


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  1. zzdanslemeteo said, on September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Always some great notions.

  2. campbie said, on September 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Missed artie show.
    Woulda gone just to see the fiddler.
    I think I met him once before.
    Tar Sands Oil sands Harper.
    Welcome to the QED of dumbing down of the culture.
    Is it an atavistic notion to opine in favour of smartening up?
    Best fruit is picked then let to ripen.
    What we pick off ground is awful
    nigh on offal
    Hope MW stays away from Clown Prince Bert the impregnator

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