Friday, June 12, 2009

"Plays that song thats so elusive"

A truly classic song by a great group: Spirit of Radio by Rush is our Friday traditio.

glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
Of integrity

The very first live concert I went to was Rush. I saw them in Salt Lake City at the old Salt Palace in 1982 on their Signals tour. It was life-altering. It is one of those events that I recall vividly. I can't believe that I have not posted a Rush song before. A song about radio and radio frequencies seems appropriate on this date of television digital conversion, with radio conversion to digital signals well underway. The fact is that my children will never understand how much radio meant to me.

I should probably post something more romantic for my 16th wedding anniversary. One of our favorite movies, which came out the year after we were married, is So I Married An Axe Murderer. In the film, the main character, Charlie, played by Mike Myers, goes to an anniversary party for his parents. In his speech, Charlie's dad, also played by Mike Myers, gives a speech. Here's my version:

Sixteen years ago, Holly and I said "I do" and we haven't agreed on one thing since.

Of course, this is not true, as we have agreed on plenty, but for those of us who are married, we catch the meaning.

Today also puts me in mind of the remarkable priest and our friend who witnessed our vows and celebrated our wedding Mass, Fr. Thomas Kraft, OP. As readers know, Fr. Tom passed earlier this year after a long, courageous and (dare I say?) inspiring and faith-filled battle with cancer. Cancer did not defeat him because Christ has overcome death! I cannot thank God enough that I had the chance to see him one last time when I visited Seattle last fall. It is Christ Jesus in whom Fr. Tom totally and completely trusted. On the day we learned of his death, with tears in her eyes, my lovely wife said: "There's another saint in heaven." So, on this our wedding anniversary:

Fr. Tom- ora pro nobis


  1. Congratulations, and prayers, to you and Holly.

    Be well. :)

  2. Happy anniversary! :)

    I went to a Rush concert a couple of years ago. For some reason they were cooking a bunch of chickens on stage, in a rotisserie.

  3. Talk about nostalgia for me, I grew up on Rush, hockey, and that chicken may have been for Swiss Chalet, an Ontario rotisserie chicken place that is one of my first stops whenever visiting family back home! Second only to Tim Hortons doughnuts!!

    Congrats to you both! And to the Pens on their Cup :)


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