The blogs I read always plug music selections in as posts, something I have always felt to be "not professional" and simple identity production for the voice or the "I" of the blog. But for the past month I found myself reflecting on the past twenty plus years as a listener of the "Tragically Hip." I have a draft for a entry in the scrap heap that gets too long, but its point is that in many ways Buffalo Horticulture's "Border Gardening" dreams a nostalgia of time growing up in the landscape and horticulture life. Since 1992, the soundtrack to Buffalo Horticulture has been The Tragically Hip, over the duration of which I as a listener am positioned in many different places as the band's appeal changes - at first to those of us on this side of the river, a "Canadian Alternative" band the few of us listening to CFNY out of Toronto knew. And then there was a Popular time where local radio played them. And now, twenty years later, for me to mention their importance - as the soundtrack - it would be shrugged off by those any younger than I as definitely not "Hip."
Listening, going through each cd over and over the past month, has me in constant reflection on the past - back to the first time hearing The Hip with Dan working with us at the time. The day "Grace Too" premiered on the radio and we listened in a work truck - "The '89."
Anyway. Working on a drawing this afternoon here in the studio, this un-remembered song caught my attention and I thought about the future and looking back to now with those most important today. I hope we have something as strong as "The Hip" to deliver us back to right now.
Landscape designer and Proprietor of Buffalo Horticulture