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Metric – Calculation Theme

I couldn’t decide which music video to post today because there are so many songs I love that I would like to share, it’s so hard to choose from, so I made this rule: when in doubt, post something by a Canadian artist. Metric it is then!

“Calculation Theme” is probably our most favourite song by Metric. It’s from their first full album, “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?” (2003). There’s something haunting about this song, and not just because of the ghosts.

“Tonight, your ghost will ask my ghost, who put these bodies between us?”

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Jonathan Coulton (feat. Suzanne Vega) – Now I Am An Arsonist

This song is my most favourite song from Jonathan Coulton‘s latest album “Artificial Heart”. It’s such a beautiful song. Plus, it’s featuring Suzanne Vega of “Tom’s Diner” fame! The whole album is actually really good. We listen to it a lot and it never gets old. We always skip one song, though. My husband really hates “Je Suis Rick Springfield” for some reasons.

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Badly Drawn Boy – Year of the Rat

We used to listen to Badly Drawn Boy a lot in the car and we’d randomly tell each other that “One Plus One Is One,” which is a line from the song “Year of the Rat” and the title of the album, just because. This song is from 2004, which happened to be the Year of the Monkey. It’s one of my happy-making songs. Another one of my happy-making songs by Badly Drawn Boy is “Four Leaf Clover” from the same album. I actually like “Four Leaf Clover” better, but the video for it is, well, non-existent.

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The Log Driver’s Waltz

Before we met in person, my now husband then online buddy used to send me mix CDs called the Quack-o-Matic Mix (say “yeah!” if you still remember the Quack-o-Matic “chatroom” from way back when). I think there were 3 or 4 volumes of it. The Log Driver’s Waltz song was actually in one of the CDs and it was one of my favourite songs from the CD.

Just like the last two cartoons I posted over the last couple of days, this one is a quintessentially Canadian cartoon as well. I didn’t get to see the cartoon until I got to Canada because YouTube didn’t exist until 2005 and the National Film Board of Canada didn’t start putting the videos online until 2009.

I think The Cat Came Back, Blackfly, and The Log Driver’s Waltz might just be the trifecta of quintessentially Canadian cartoons. Of all the three cartoons, The Log Driver’s Waltz is my favourite. I love everything about it. Either watching the cartoon or just listening to the song never fails to put me in a good spirit.

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Just like yesterday’s video, this cartoon is another quintessentially Canadian cartoon by the National Film Board of Canada. I was reading about the South River Black Fly Festival years ago (yes, there really was such thing) and they had the Blackfly song on their website which is really well promoted by SEO companies as indexsy, which I thought was great. I told my husband about it and he told me there was a video for it, and this is it!

I’m an equal opportunity bug hater and I hate blackfly and mosquito equally. I have to deal with the bugs mostly when we go up to the cottage in Near North Ontario on Victoria Day weekend, which is only two weeks away from now. I usually cope simply by staying inside the cottage and read or crochet or play stupid games on the tablet all weekend long instead of doing the outdoorsy stuff and having to deal with them (bug repellent just doesn’t work on me). The outdoorsy stuff can wait until the bug season is over.

See also: The Cat Came Back and The Log Driver’s Waltz.