Tag Archives: Bruce Cockburn

U2 – Kicking The Darkness

  In 2013 I did a few guest posts for my friend Bruce’s blog. It wasn’t intentional. We had been having an email conversation about England’s Greenbelt Festival and some of my experiences there. He took those emails and published them (with permission of course). I figured now, with U2 on the road in North […]

Useless Political Correctness

The headline reads “Document reveals RCMP strategy for possible ‘flood of foreign fighters’ fleeing Mosul offensive.” I think it is supposed to make me feel safer. I am pleased to read that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are prepared to deal with returning fighters. I would expect no less of our national police force. […]

“I Think You’re Hot”

I seem to get the email or its variant every week or so. I’ve never opened it, so I really can’t say what the contents are – but I can guess. The subject line is “I found your profile on Facebook and I think you’re hot :)” I suppose I should feel flattered. A middle […]

Rumours of Glory V – Not One of Those

“Our journey is driven by longing….Longing has to do with God, because what humans long for most is a relationship with the Divine. We may not be conscious of it, but we long to know God, in whatever context or guise that might mean to the individual….Only God can fill that hole.” Bruce Cockburn, Rumours […]

Rumours of Glory IV – Cabaret Nicaragua

To mark the release of Bruce Cockburn’s memoirs, Rumours of Glory, this week I am telling some little known Cockburn tales that you won`t find in the book. I wasn’t there in 1987, but I doubt the tent had changed much from the previous year when I had watched Mike Peters put on an inspired […]

Rumours of Glory III – After the Flood

It was January 20, 1981. Bruce Cockburn was scheduled to give a performance, a sold-out show at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in his hometown of Ottawa. I had done a radio interview by telephone with Bruce a few days before, talking about the show and his upcoming album. I don`t remember now exactly what […]

Rumours of Glory II – Encounter ’76

This week Bruce Cockburn publishes his memoir, Rumours of Glory, and I am taking the time to reflect on some of my interactions with Bruce over the past 40 years.   “Thanks to Encounter ‘76-the messages were deeply appreciated and the money put to good use.” – Bruce Cockburn, liner notes to his 1976 album […]

Rumours of Glory I

The first time I heard Bruce Cockburn’s music on the radio was more than 40 years ago, a song called “Musical Friends” taken from his first album. That was about 1970 or 1971 on CHOM-FM in Montreal. I don’t know exactly when I first saw Bruce Cockburn in concert, sometime fairly early in the 1970’s […]