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Song: "Without a Dream"

(My preachy pop song)

You generate your own dreams. They aren't magic. They don't need magic to prod you into action. No one else can give you your dreams. Others only have their own and you have yours. Find yours…

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Song: "Jack's Inspiration"

Jack Layton was a political leader in Canada who died too soon. I usually agreed with his social-democratic, progressive values and his party's agenda. And Jack didn't just talk the talk - he walked the walk. He was truly a…

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Song: "Venus"

True story. I really was driving home from Montreal, heading west into the setting sun and seeing "Venus hangin' in a pink sky." It's a long drive and I was really missing my lover. The song seemed to fall into…

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Song: "My Son, My Son"

This is an intimately personal song. The lyrics tell the whole story. It's hard having children that live far away. You don't see them nearly often enough. The times you can be with them become so important when you know…

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Song: "Unwed Fathers" by John Prine

I was once was an unwed father but I didn't, as Prine said, "run like water from a mountain stream." I'm glad I didn't. My son is 46 years old now (2020) and I'm grateful to him, to his mother…

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Song: "Little Spark of Joy"

There is a lot of unhappiness in this world. Some people look in familiar, accessible places for solace and those places often don't provide what's needed. This song is about that suffering and the lack of an end to suffering…

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Song: "The Troubles"

One set of grandparents were Irish and came to Canada after World War I. Although we were close to my Irish "Nana and Papa," the situation in Ireland was never discussed in front of the passel of grandchildren. In 1969…

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Song: "We Will Find Our Way"

Mature love. To a young person, an old couple may appear to have it made when it comes to maintaining a long term relationship: all problems solved a long time ago and clear sailing for years. Right? Wrong! Granted, having…

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Song: "The Little Church"

The cover of the album contains a photo of Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I guess the photo would have been taken about 1955. If it was a Sunday, then I might have been inside the little church…

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Song: "Carolina Sky"

Visiting the U.S.A. from Canada, you observe that so much is very similar in the two countries. You'd think it would be easy for a Canadian to forget he is a foreigner. Not me. From the outside, it's a strange…

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Song: "Reconciliation"

15 December 2015. It was a very emotional day for many. We saw the tears flowing from the eyes of our leaders and from the hearts of the indigenous people in the room with them. Canadian Supreme Court Justice Murray…

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Song: "Never Go Home Again"

Many novels, biographies, movies and documentary literature point to a common experience. As children we ache to grow up, to get older because the freedom we see in our future is so attractive and compelling. But, as is often said…