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Singapore always felt safe in your embrace; in many, many
ways it continues to be the world’s most remarkable town. It a tiny triangular tropical island, total
land mass about 27,000 NFL football fields.
Economically it’s a star having the third best GDP per
capita and an actual turnover of $300 Billion annually. Consider that Canada
has nearly ten times the population and resources beyond the imagination. But
Canada has a GDP only six times larger than Singapore. In 1987 Singapore
decided to build a subway system from scratch. Today it has 169 Kilometres, and
is run as a profitable crown corporation. In 1987 Toronto had about 60 Km of
Subway, today it has 69.
Joseph Stiglitz adds
to the course of voices saying if you want to build a sustainable society, seek
out Singapore. More love from the 1%. Rent policy for the people.
What are the top covers of the essential baby boomer. According to Rolling Stone Jimi Hendricks takes first place. Also the Byrds and George Harrison have entries that would be on most lists. My top ten can all be found on two fantastic albums. The 30th anniversary concert, and the amnesty international Chimes of Freedom. I have to admit entry to the 30th was immediate but it took some time for me to warm to the Amnesty. 1) John Cougar Melloncamp - Like a Rolling Stone. He Cougars it but it still sounds like a Dylan song. No video available but listen here. 2)Tracy Chapman-The times are a changing. Totally could have been a Tracy song. I love her music, and its surprising how much Fiest sounds like her. 3)I shall be Released- Chrissy Hynde. Could have been the B side of 2000 miles,
4) When the Ship Come in - The Clancy Brothers. I never realized how much Celtic influence this genre had on Dylan till I heard this song.
5)Desolation Row - My Chemical Romance. Punked up speed version that rocks. Video rocks as well.
6)The times are a Changing - Flogging Molly. Celtic Dylan done right.
7)tonite I will be staying here with you- Sugarland. rarely does a cover exceed the orginal, this is one.
8) Property of Jesus - Sinad Oconner. It sounds nothing like Dylan.
9) I'll remember you - Thea Gillmore. A pure Dylan version. After hearing this you will be looking for more of her stuff. 10) I want you -Ximena Sarifia. A childlike cover
Special Achievement) Masters of War - Pearl Jam. Recommended by super fan #29. For me the pace is to slow and Eddie Vender wails to much.
Edie Brickell also deserves mention. I never realized she is Paul Simons Wife!
Two icons pass away having changed their
respective countries in completely different ways. Stompin Tom used soft power
and a passion for expressing an ethereal opinion to define what it means to be
a Canadian. Hugo Chavez used brute force, intimidation and hard power to change
Venezuela from a neo Spanish colony to a modern western democracy.
I was in Venezuela twice. The first time (1987) I stayed for a week in a
delightful Hotel Melia Caribe in La Guaira on the coast. The people were kind
and friendly, leather goods including shoes were exquisite. The second time was
1992 stopped for a day while cruising. The place had changed; people were
harder, the beach needed to be protected with barb wire and machine guns. In
1999 a mudslide took out the whole area, as far as I know it has not recovered.
Hugo Chavez became the elected President in the same year. His legacy is a
mixed bag. What is indisputable is that he brought true democracy to Venezuela,
and he reduced the poverty rate from 50% to 30%. This was accomplished by
radical wealth distribution. This was detested by the USA. However, given the
concentration of wealth masticating on the North American body politic, a Chavezian
character is all but certain to be seen repeatedly in North America.
never saw Stompin Tom live. I checked my I tunes today and found only Bud the
Spud. He reminded a generation of Canadians of their roots: the small town
characters and players doing purely Canadian things in a Canadian way. There
was a simplicity and ferocity to his expression that resonated deeper and
stronger than many artists that where much more popular and way more financially
successful. He was another unique character the likes of which we will never