The personal podcast of Peter Rukavina, a Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada-based printer, writer and developer.
The birds were alive and musical as I was pottering around with my bicycle in the back yard yesterday.
Sitting by the ocean on the western shore of Cape Breton.
Such a long way to go...
I have long enjoyed the 1980 Christopher Cross song Ride Like the Wind. Listening to it this morning I realized that one of the reasons I like it so much is the backing vocals by the estimable Michael McDonald (he of the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and a successful solo career).
Oliver and I listened to the song this morning in the car: McDonald’s contribution–we counted–amounts to only four utterances of “Such a long way to go…” Nonetheless, without those the song wouldn’t be as delightful as it is.
Like salt, sometimes all you need is a little, but without that little the food doesn’t taste nearly as good.
(Clip from The Very Best of Christopher Cross, 2002)
The generous helping of topsy-turvy in the air caused me to think Thursday was Wednesday and thus to miss my scheduled 5:00 p.m. Charlottetown Farmers’ Market pickup.
My penance was to ride my bicycle up today, a day late and in the rain; I was happy to find Caledonia House Coffee still open, and so I am currently fortifying myself with an espresso macchiato before heading back into the now-cats-and-dogs-style rain.
Spin. Time. DJ.
Back in mid-March I received an email from Matt Rainnie, personable host of CBC Mainstreet: would I be interested, he asked, in being the “Spin Time DJ” for the show on an upcoming Friday.
Would I be interested? Of course I’d be interested. Had I not been dreaming of this very moment for years!
“Spin Time DJ,” for those from away, is a regular Friday feature on the afternoon radio show where a guest is invited, in 22 short minutes, to relate their life story, punctuated by three meaningful songs. Here’s Ashley Belanger-Birt doing it. And Bill Schurman. And John Connolly.
As a non-Islander of no particular note, I’d long ago given up hope that I’d one day be called up to the bigs. But dreams do come true.
So plans were made to record this morning.
And then the hard part.
Summarize my life in three songs. Not easy, as it turns out.
For a while there I had a strong plan to go completely Kobayashi Maru, and set aside popular music in favour of sounds of Japanese coffee shops and walks in the woods behind my childhood home. Is there not music in nature?
But I pulled myself back from the edge, dug in deep, and came up with three songs I’m very happy with.
Matt and I had a nice chat this morning, backed by the audio engineering prowess of David Rashed, and the segment will air Friday, April 9, 2021 after the 5:30 p.m. news. You can listen live on the radio if you’re near, on the web stream if you’re not, and the episode will be posted to the Mainstreet website on Monday.
Postscript: Here are the three songs I choose:
Jane Siberry and David Ramsden, The Love I Have for You (3:51), from the 1990 cassette “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage,” recorded live at the Cameron House in Toronto.
Shawn Colvin, This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (4:01), from the album 1994 album “Cover Girl,” recorded live at the Bottom Line in NYC, August 1993.
Karine Polwart, Labouring and Resting (3:14), from the 2017 album “A Pocket of Wind Resistance.”
I love Siri’s enthusiasm with this answer.