Category: RIP

2017, Music, RIP

RIP Chuck Berry

With guitar-based rock music decidedly out of fashion it is possible – probable? – that many people don’t understand how important Chuck Berry was to the music of the second half of the 20th century. But just because the electric guitar isn’t currently popular doesn’t mean it wasn’t the central vehicle for musical expression of …

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RIP Garry Shandling

Shandling was responsible for one of the truly great comedic TV shows, The Larry Sanders Show, which is on the shortlist of the very, very best, with The Flying Circus, SCTV, KITH, Seinfeld, The Simpsons and South Park. I’ve never seen his first show, It’s the Gary Shandling Show, but that was also apparently quite …

2015, Music, RIP

RIP David Bowie Playlist

I am going to try to put together some of my favourite songs Bowie wrote and performed over the years, but I apologize if this list is not thorough enough. Nothing will really be good enough to capture what he meant to me or millions of others.   “Space Oddity’ (1969) I know it’s an …

2015, Music, RIP

RIP David Bowie

Much like when Lou Reed, another of my favourite songwriters, died, I find myself in complete shock. Shock that someone I have spent over half my life listening to, discussing/debating and feeling like I had some kind of connection with, has died…could die. Shock that death comes for us all, no matter how great. The …

Books, RIP

RIP EL Doctorow

I got into Doctorow because he was once one of my father’s favourite American novelists. Over the years I read eight of his twelve novels (though not his most famous, Ragtime), one of his two short story collections and his play. I haven’t read any of them recently. I feel like I am slowly coming …

Music, RIP

RIP Chris Squire

Among the “Big 6” prog bands, Yes was long my least favourite (though, as I age, ELP has taken their place very handily) – I have always found their discography rather immense and, well, kind of repetitive (though I have not given it the time I have given King Crimson’s, for example). So, maybe how …

Books, RIP

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

For some reason, I have never felt as comfortable writing about books as I have about music or movies. And the same goes for authors versus musicians or directors. And so when Garcia Marquez died, I intended to write something and then promptly could not. I think it’s because there’s so much more going on …

Music, RIP

RIP Ray Manzarek

As keyboardist for the Doors, Ray Manzarek brought a level of virtuosity and taste to rock keyboards while (usually) showing a level of restraint most other rock keyboard innovators of the 1960s could not. (I mean the prog keyboardists such as Keith Emerson, Jon Lord, etc.) Manzarek helped bring various non-rock influences to “psychedelia”, such …

Music, RIP

RIP Ray Collins

Ray Collins died on Christmas eve. Because he was Ray Collins, I didn’t find out about it for four days. Collins was Zappa’s earliest lead vocalist in the Mothers of Invention – that is, when Zappa himself wasn’t singing – which was actually initially Collins’ band under another name. He also provided backing vocals to …

Music, RIP

RIP Dave Brubeck

I can’t pretend I know all that much about Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist. Like most jazz fans, I know Time Out well. And I only know the rest of his career from reading about him. I don’t think I have listened to a single other Brubeck album though I have heard the odd additional track …

Music, RIP

RIP Elliott Carter

I have come late to Carter’s work, having only heard most of his string quartet cycle in the last year. I must say that I was extremely impressed and really interested in hearing more. Carter’s music – at least his music of the ’60s – breaks boundaries – and perhaps that’s why it is most …

Books, RIP

Gore Vidal was crazy but sometimes he was also awesome

I guess what I mean to say is RIP Gore Vidal. But I have a problem saying that, and my problem is that Gore Vidal believed a lot of stuff (particularly about the United States government) that was not true. Worse, he made it public. Worse, because he was Gore Vidal, he made it public …

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RIP: Jon Lord

Jon Lord was one of the earliest rock keyboardists – along with people like Keith Emerson – to attempt to fuse so-called “classical” music (actually it was usually romantic) with rock. He convinced his band, Deep Purple, to cover Richard Strauss, among others, to include his string and wind arrangements, and to eventually perform his …

Music, RIP

Dick Clark is Dead

Dick Clark died the other day. I woke up to a CTV news feature which included a CTV employee saying that Clark had “real talent” and was very nice… unlike all those other “middling talents” who weren’t so nice. If Clark had real talent, I wonder what all those musicians he showcased had? Extra-real talent? …

2011, Personal, RIP

RIP Gerald E. Tucker

Though he initially confounded me, as he did many first year students, Tucker became one of my favourite professors at Bishop’s while I was there – perhaps my favourite. He never finished the curriculum for any class I took with him (I’m not sure we ever made it 2/3rds of the way through any) and …

2011, Hall of Fame, Hockey, RIP, Sports

The Hall of Fame has screwed the pooch again

For the second time in as many years the Hall of Fame has been exposed for not honouring someone in time. This time the death obviously wasn’t expected, but that doesn’t make it any better. First, they ignored or avoided the opportunity to put Burns in during his lifetime. I really don’t pay attention to …

2007, Hockey, Playoffs, RIP, Sports

Belated NHL Playoff Predictions 2007

I did this on Wednesday morning, some of these opinions have now been rendered stupid / ridiculous: Detroit vs. Calgary: Calgary Because they’re Canadian. And because of Kiprusoff. And because Datsyuk disappears in the playoffs. It’s possible. Yes, I’m calling for a second straight Western Conference 1 vs. 8 upset. And I think they obviously …