I first heard about the Tragically Hip back in 2001. I was online in an internet cafe and chatting with a couple of Canadians about this and that. I do not remember either of them but I do remember that both of them suggested that I listen to The Hip. Now, the band hadn’t penetrated the Indian rock music crowd and hence I had never heard of them before that day. I remember one of these sites where you download limited individual mp3s from various bands so I checked out a few. And I played the song Ahead By A Century.
That was my introduction to The Hip, the voice of Gordon Downie who was like no other. My fav songs of band also includes Wheat Kings, Bobcageon, Courage, 38 Years Old, New Orleans and Problem Bears. He was a poet and a lyrical genius. He didn’t sing like most people did; it was like he was pouring emotions out instead – lamenting, screaming, thoughtful, sarcastically and otherwise. He could go softer like in Wheat Kings or Bobcageon. He was an activist and spokesperson for the indigenous people of Canada and for the environment. And he touched people with his music.
Goodbye Gord! We will keep listening to your music until our time is done. Peace.