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I just read that after a long period of ill health Mr. Hockey himself has passed away.

People, we will never see his like again. Not only did they invent the phrase "Gordie Howe Hat Trick*" to honour his particular skill set but the man played 32 professional seasons. Think about that. In a world where 30 is old he was still scoring goals and kicking ass into his 50's. I honestly don't know if that will ever be broken.

Farewell Mr. Hockey. You will be missed.



*A goal, a fight, and an assist all in the same game.
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Those who read this blog know that I've pretty much given up completely on the Conservative Party of Canada providing me with anything other than face palms, cheap laughs and a constant sensation of visceral horror. However that's only on a good day which sadly today is not.

No, today is unfortunately a day where two Conservative politicians, Jim Hillyer (MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner) and Rob Ford, (former Mayor of Toronto) have passed away.

In Ford's case especially it would be way too easy to make a snide remark, a lame joke, or even a hateful comment so since I've never felt that to be an appropriate response to someone's death* I'll let someone else on the Internet handle that. Rather I'm just going to say how sad it is for any 40-something man to pass away at such a relatively young age. Regardless of whatever a person's political stripes its a tragedy to leave family behind and dreams unfinished.

Condolences to their families.





*Not strictly true but generally I save the "He died? Awesome! I hope it was long and painful" for people who go above and beyond to earn such a response. Neither of these gentlemen ever came anywhere close to that threshold.
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School should be a place of learning, not bloodshed. I'm sorry that wasn't the case today. Stay strong.
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Of course I'm behind the times on this due to real life committments but I was rather saddened to hear that Jack Bruce had passed away. He always was one of my favourite bassists and singers, and as part of one of rock's first "supergroups" and "hard rock trios" his impact on rock history is definitely up there. I know Eric Clapton got the main headlines both during and after Cream's two and half year run in the mid Sixties but he and Ginger Baker definitely gave Slowhand a nice foundation to work with.

I can't claim to have ever played this as well as they could but I will say that rocking out on this probably kept me from breaking my hand during some very frustrating late elementary school years. So for your enjoyment here's "Sunshine of Your Love" from their Farewell Concert in 1968. Farewell Mr. Bruce, you will be missed. :-)

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Many years ago I was in a small band made up of fellow employees that came together to play a workplace function. While the function itself was cancelled and the band soon broke up afterwards, it was a fun time. Being the third guitarist because the other two were really good I just concentrated on laying down a solid rhythm for them to jump off of, and I was perfectly happy to do it. Why? Because as I said in the title, somebody has to be "Malcolm".

Sadly I've learned that Malcom Young of AC/DC is leaving the group permanently because he has dementia. Reports I've read indicate that he's deteriorated to the extent that he's unable to care for himself, let alone perform. That saddens me for a lot of reasons. I'm sad that the glue of one of rock's most celebrated sounds has to leave us on terms not of his own choosing, and I'm sad that his solid playing is no longer able to be enjoyed live or in new studio albums. But I think mostly I'm sad because dementia is such a sad fate for anyone and their loved ones to endure, whether its a great rhythm guitarist or a beloved grandparent.

I tried to find a video or track that showed him off a bit but couldn't find anything. You know what though? That's ok. Malcolm Young wasn't a guitarist who you listened to, he was a musician you felt. :-)



Good luck Malcolm and thanks for the feelings.
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Five university students killed at a house party in Calgary. Four people stabbed in a Regina mall.

What the hell?  This is just nauseating. My condolences to the victims and their families.

I really hope this isn't just part of a chain of copycats. :(
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In the last month or so we've lost The Count, Neil Armstrong, and  Jon Lord of Deep Purple. Those are heros from just about every stage of my childhood and early adolesence.

Damn, I feel old, but at least all three of those lived to see a man walk on the moon. With the way space exploration seems to be going these days I know I won't. :-(
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In the last month or so we've lost The Count, Neil Armstrong, and  Jon Lord of Deep Purple. Those are heros from just about every stage of my childhood and early adolesence.

Damn, I feel old, but at least all three of those lived to see a man walk on the moon. With the way space exploration seems to be going these days I know I won't. :-(
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Sadly, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you want to, you just can't save everyone.  And as hard as it is for me to say this, if continuing rescue efforts is going to overly risk the lives of rescuers, then I have to respect the decision of trained professional rescuers not to continue their efforts.

Unfortunately decisions like this have to made, and sometimes the decision isn't the one anyone could possibly want. Still, let's leave the courts out of it. If the experts say they can't safely rescue trapped people without them, then they can't. Getting a court order demanding they risk being squashed themselves is just wrong way to go in these sad situations.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/story/2012/06/25/elliot-lake-mall-rescue-work.html
snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
Sadly, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you want to, you just can't save everyone.  And as hard as it is for me to say this, if continuing rescue efforts is going to overly risk the lives of rescuers, then I have to respect the decision of trained professional rescuers not to continue their efforts.

Unfortunately decisions like this have to made, and sometimes the decision isn't the one anyone could possibly want. Still, let's leave the courts out of it. If the experts say they can't safely rescue trapped people without them, then they can't. Getting a court order demanding they risk being squashed themselves is just wrong way to go in these sad situations.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/story/2012/06/25/elliot-lake-mall-rescue-work.html
snowywolfowl: (Canadian Flag)
Sadly, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you want to, you just can't save everyone.  And as hard as it is for me to say this, if continuing rescue efforts is going to overly risk the lives of rescuers, then I have to respect the decision of trained professional rescuers not to continue their efforts.

Unfortunately decisions like this have to made, and sometimes the decision isn't the one anyone could possibly want. Still, let's leave the courts out of it. If the experts say they can't safely rescue trapped people without them, then they can't. Getting a court order demanding they risk being squashed themselves is just wrong way to go in these sad situations.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/story/2012/06/25/elliot-lake-mall-rescue-work.html
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Jim Marshall, the man behind Marshall Amps, has passed away.

Would I be over-reacting if I plugged my microphone into my Marshal MG15, dialed the master volume knob all the way up, and gave a William Shatner-esque scream at one in the morning? 

Marshall posted a very nice obit about him here: http://marshallamps.com/

Father of Loud, indeed. He will be missed. The world of music just became quieter place and we are all the poorer for it.



Edited to add: I just posted this comment on the condolence board:

"I know I won't be the only one to say this but the sound of a humbucker through a Marshall amp is why I started playing in the first place. Lots of people deserve a moment of silence after their departure. Mr. Marshall just happens to also deserve having that moment sandwiched between the loudest chords possible.

To paraphrase the Thunder from Down Under, "From those you allowed to rock, Guv'nor, we salute you."
snowywolfowl: (Me and My Mumbai Guitar)
Jim Marshall, the man behind Marshall Amps, has passed away.

Would I be over-reacting if I plugged my microphone into my Marshal MG15, dialed the master volume knob all the way up, and gave a William Shatner-esque scream at one in the morning? 

Marshall posted a very nice obit about him here: http://marshallamps.com/

Father of Loud, indeed. He will be missed. The world of music just became quieter place and we are all the poorer for it.



Edited to add: I just posted this comment on the condolence board:

"I know I won't be the only one to say this but the sound of a humbucker through a Marshall amp is why I started playing in the first place. Lots of people deserve a moment of silence after their departure. Mr. Marshall just happens to also deserve having that moment sandwiched between the loudest chords possible.

To paraphrase the Thunder from Down Under, "From those you allowed to rock, Guv'nor, we salute you."
snowywolfowl: (Me and My Mumbai Guitar)
Jim Marshall, the man behind Marshall Amps, has passed away.

Would I be over-reacting if I plugged my microphone into my Marshal MG15, dialed the master volume knob all the way up, and gave a William Shatner-esque scream at one in the morning? 

Marshall posted a very nice obit about him here: http://marshallamps.com/

Father of Loud, indeed. He will be missed. The world of music just became quieter place and we are all the poorer for it.



Edited to add: I just posted this comment on the condolence board:

"I know I won't be the only one to say this but the sound of a humbucker through a Marshall amp is why I started playing in the first place. Lots of people deserve a moment of silence after their departure. Mr. Marshall just happens to also deserve having that moment sandwiched between the loudest chords possible.

To paraphrase the Thunder from Down Under, "From those you allowed to rock, Guv'nor, we salute you."

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