On the heels of our Gord Downie Tribute posts yesterday, I thought I’d also share this cool memento, gifted to me years ago.
Back in 2001, Gord had just released his solo album/book of poetry called Coke Machine Glow. Of course, I was all over it, super-excited. I bought both the CD and the book and devoured them. The tunes on the CD are awesome, of course, and the book contains the lyrics from the songs, as well as other poetry.
And then one day I met up with my long-time buddy, Brother Brian, and he just sort of unceremoniously said “here, you’ll want this” and hand me a copy of the book. When I was about to thank him and say I already had it, he held up his hand and said “you don’t have it like this!” I looked closer… the book had been autographed by Gord!
Immediately I needed details. Where did he meet Gord? What did they talk about? Sadly, Brian hadn’t met the man. He’d been in a Chapters book store the day after Gord had been there for a book signing, and they’d had copies left-over. So he snagged one for me, knowing I’d be over the moon.
Now that, folks, was understatement. What a beautiful thing. THANKS, BRIAN!!