I have another confession to make... I've never really been a huge fan of The Tragically Hip. I know how un-Canadian that must sound, especially given Good Downie's untimely passing from brain cancer... But it's true. I never really "got" The Tragically Hip. And let me tell you... as someone who spent many a summer in Kington, Ontario... not "getting" The Hip isn't something that you wear on your sleeve with any amount of pride. Au contraire.
Like Canadians from all walks of life I was saddened to learn of Downie's diagnosis and even though I wasn't able to sing along with many of the songs, I watched the entire CBC live-broadcast of their final performance... The Man Machine Poem tour August 20, 2016. The emotions were high. In that moment I felt that I finally "got" what everyone else seemed to.
Now he's gone, and there's a huge hole left unfilled in many people's hearts.
And while I said that I wasn't their hugest fan, there was always one song that I loved right from the moment I first heard it. It wasn't just my favourite Hip song (albeit that bar wasn't very high) it was one of my favourite songs, period. And still is.
I got to go, it's been a pleasure doing business with you
I get it now. Thanks Gord.