Last week, I read in my newspaper that Bruce Cockburn is going to write his biography/memoirs. He has signed a deal with HarperCollins and the book should be available in 2012. I immediately sent off an email to my contact at HarperCollins and requested to be put on the review list for that book.
His music, no matter the song, always brings me to tears. It didn't used to, but that changed two years ago today.
I waited till today to share this wonderful news with you as Bruce was the favourite musician of my dear departed friend Julie Ann. She passed away two years ago today.
I remember sitting in her tiny apartment, listening to Bruce Cockburn during our first year at university. At that point, "Wondering Where the Lions Are" was the song we played again and again.
A few years after completing her jouralism degree at Ryerson College in Toronto, she ended up in her dream job, working with Bruce and his management company. For years afterward she had a "magic pass" that would get her and her guests into all of Bruce's concerts and even back stage afterward. When my son was six weeks old she took him (and us, his parents) to Bruce's pre-Christmas concert at the Stratford Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. For anyone who's been there, you know they don't admit infants to the theatre. As Bruce's personal guest, Andrew was escorted in and shown to a lovely box seat.
I know that Julie Ann would be first on the phone to call Bruce, offering him congratulations, and then offering her editorial skills should he be in need of them. Since she's unable to do so, I will offer them on her behalf. Congratulation Bruce, well done.
A few years into the university, we began listening to "If I had a Rocket Launcher" each of us drawn to it for our own reasons.