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 Post subject: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 1st, 2009, 9:59 pm 
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Some of you may be aware that a few years ago some people from Myccr got together and recorded a CD.

It was never released, but I thought I would upload a few of the tunes that I wrote onto youtube for the enjoyment of others....

Anyway, this one is "The Old Canoe". The words are by George Marsh ( circa 1905).... I used most of the poem, but not all... the complete words are below.

Anyway, here is the Youtube link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz6j_KXL9pM

Thanks to Al Marcon for his lead vocals, and to the rest of the "canoeheads" for their conributions !!!!

" The Old Canoe"

My seams gape wide so I'm tossed aside
To rot on a lonely shore
While the leaves and mould like a shroud enfold,
For the last of my trails are o'er;
But I float in dreams on Northland streams
That never again I'll see,
As I lie on the marge of the old portage
With grief for company.

When the sunset gilds the timbered hills
That guard Timagami,
And the moonbeams play on far James Bay
By the brink of the frozen sea,
In phantom guise my Spirit flies
As the dream blades dip and swing
Where the waters flow from the Long Ago
In the spell of the beck'ning spring.

Do the cow-moose call on the Montreal
When the first frost bites the air,
And the mists unfold from the red and gold
That the autumn ridges wear?
When the white falls roar as they did of yore
On the Lady Evelyn,
Do the square-tail leap from the black pools deep
Where the pictured rocks begin?

Oh! the fur-fleets sing on Timiskaming
As the ashen paddles bend,
And the crews carouse at Rupert House
At the sullen winter's end;
But my days are done where the lean wolves run,
And I ripple no more the path
Where the gray geese race cross the red moon's face
From the white wind's Arctic wrath.

Tho' the death fraught way from the Saguenay
To the storied Nipigon
Once knew me well, now a crumbling shell
I watch the years roll on,
While in memory's haze I live the days
That forever are gone from me,
As I rot on the marge of the old portage
With grief for company.

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 Post subject: Re: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2009, 7:53 am 
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That brings back some memories Dave, thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2009, 7:37 pm 
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Wow, thanks for this. What a great song. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2009, 11:43 pm 
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Thanks, Hugh :D

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 Post subject: Re: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 3rd, 2009, 9:49 am 
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Wonderful poem and a wonderful song. I'm still waiting to buy the CD, but in the meantime, any chance you could share an MP3 version?

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2009, 1:15 pm 
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I previously posted a link to the song "The Old Canoe".

Here is another youtube video for the song "Beauty Lake(Temagami)....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbzHm4ubiA4

I wrote the music and lyrics for a CD project that involved several MYCCR members. ( unfortunately unreleased). Please note that while there is a Beauty Lake ( in Temagami) and it is my understanding that it has been logged, the rest of the lyrics are fictional. I wanted to write a song about the effects that clearcutting can have, and thought that the story of a famiy's relationship with a lake over the generations might do that.

The idea of using the actually Beauty lake was suggested by a forgotten myccr memberover 4 years ago. I liked the irony of the suggestion.

Enjoy !

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 Post subject: Lucifer's Portage
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 6:42 pm 
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An homage to the wonderful folk tales of Quebec ( Loup Garou and La Chasse Gallarie, etc)....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szTz_IMHqL8

Canoeing with the devil.....Enjoy!

Another unreleased track from the Canoeheads album "Songs for Wilderness"

Words, Music and Guitar: D Bain
Vocal: A Marcon
Bass: Maddog Bob
Fiddle: Jerry R

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 Post subject: Re: Lucifer's Portage
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 7:55 pm 
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I really enjoyed this. You guys rock.

(My kid says better than Dylan. 'nuf said.)

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 Post subject: Re: Lucifer's Portage
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 9:00 pm 
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Neat - that's you guys that we know here from the forums? Wow! Have you got more? Bring it on!


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 Post subject: Re: Lucifer's Portage
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 10:19 pm 
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Dave, thanks so much for getting these songs out to us, after so many years. :clap:

It's been a long wait, but worthwhile.

Here's some history, dug up from the forums:


Calling all Canoeing Musicians ????

You Missed a Good Breakfast!

The Canoeheads (photos)

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 Post subject: Re: Lucifer's Portage
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 10:25 pm 
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Erhard wrote:
Neat - that's you guys that we know here from the forums? Wow! Have you got more? Bring it on!



Canoeing Music


A suggestion....maybe these "releases" should be combined into one thread? What do you think, watersong?



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 Post subject: Re: Lucifer's Portage
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 10:30 pm 
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Sure....how?????????? :o

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 Post subject: Re: Lucifer's Portage
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It's not that hard to do....give me a couple of minutes. :wink:



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 Post subject: Re: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 5th, 2009, 10:52 pm 
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How's this?

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 Post subject: Re: Canoeing Music
PostPosted: April 6th, 2009, 4:53 am 
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Thanks, Dave.

I sure enjoyed those sessions! I listen to my "rough mix" on a regular basis.

Is it possible to put the recordings up on I Tunes? Might be an inexpensive way of making the tunes available to the public without further production expenses.

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