Woke to the news in my email this morning:
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, 52 years old, has terminal brain cancer.
And this, after his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis. They have four children.
And the band is about to drop their 13th record, in a couple of weeks. I’ve already got my calendar marked for that.
This really nailed it, for me:
“”You write about what you know,” he told CBC’s Wendy Mesley in 2012. “And I love this country. I love my idea of this country. Where I go and the people I’ve met, underlying everything is that commitment to finding the common good.”
Boppin says he’s “already cried a few tears and now it’s all positivity and tons of Hip tunes.” That’s much better than me. At the time of this posting, I’m still reeling a bit (and tons of Hip tunes, but that’s no big news, I play tons of Hip tunes by default anyway).
And fuck you, 2016.
Stay strong, Gordie. We’re with you fully completely!