Gord Downie

Woke to the news in my email this morning:

Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, 52 years old, has terminal brain cancer.


Fuck 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.

Here is the CBC story about it.

Here is Gord’s official statement on it.

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).


Fuck cancer.

And fuck you, 2016.

Stay strong, Gordie. We’re with you fully completely!

13 thoughts on “Gord Downie

  1. deKE says:

    Since I’m a earleir riser (530am) I was crusing on my iPad my usually sites (music,sports and what you Yahoos have waiting for me in the WP Reader) I noticed about around 615 am or so on my timeline on FaceCrack the Hip posting their aweful news….
    Stunned doesn’t even say it….
    Posted a couple of WordPress things to FaceCrack …
    Shitty Tuesday Shitty………


    1. keepsmealive says:

      I can’t imagine getting that news at 0530. Jeez, I thought 0700 was bad enough! Deke, you’re a trooper!

      Shitty news indeed. Just sending Gordie thoughts of love and power, now. 🙂


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Bummer indeed, you said it clear and true!

      Well friend, if you’re just getting to TPH in 2016, and you’re interested, you’ve got a lot of GREAT listening to do. What a band. Holy crap. Untouchable.

      If you need recommends, this community on the KMA would gladly help out. Me, I say go back to the self-titled EP (1987) and work your way up from Up To Here (1989) and onward. It’s many records, and all of them are so full… but ultimately, soooooo worth it. It won’t take you long to realize why people are so connected to this group! 🙂


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Full agreement here. I wonder how long they’ve actually known, before releasing this.

      This tour is gonna be tough. He’ll likely handle it with typical grace and calm.

      Really makes you think about your own life, what you do every day, eh? Finding what matters…


        1. keepsmealive says:

          Yeah, I wonder though. Sometimes they might know sooner and not say anything. Ah well, just a passing wonder.

          Imagine looking at your world today, knowing something like that. Big perspective change. Things that mattered might not so much, while things that do matter come clearer into focus. Everything boils down.


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