There was a time when today was earmarked for a momentous post. My Life is a Song turns 100 today. And while this series won’t be joining Toronto Rocks, Q107’s Top 10 at 10, or VH1’s Classic Albums in the annals of awesome music shows, making a weekly appearance for nearly two consecutive years is a milestone worthy of a little pat on the back.
Alas, all good things come to an end. The same can be said of mediocre things like this. Since I shocked the blogosphere by announcing I’m quitting (sort of) a couple weeks ago, it should come as no surprise that My Life is a Song will be retiring at 100. For now, at least.
To honour this dual occasion, I’m going to do something a little different today. I won’t be sharing a cute little anecdote from my past. Nor will I be choosing a single song or posting a video. Instead, I’d like do something special and draw the attention of my modest but loyal audience to a friend of mine who did something I not only admire, in terms of sheer dedication and chutzpa, but also think is quite excellent.
I’ve long fantasized of writing a song. So much so, I even dreamed that I had once. I think songwriters are amazing artists. And hell, writing even just one hit song is a brilliant retirement plan that just keeps on giving. Sadly, I am no musician. I cannot play other people’s music let alone write my own. Thus, I’m particularly impressed when I meet someone who can and has done both. Such is the case with my good friend Colleen Cole.
Colleen Cole has written and recorded an entire album of wonderful music. When I heard she was attempting this feat I was my typical curmudgeonly skeptic self. Personal experience had left me rather cynical towards such creative aspirations. But when I received the final product and had a listen I was shocked and delighted. Not only had she followed through on her dream, it was damned good too! I have so much respect for her and her musical accomplishment.
What better way to kick off your weekend, celebrate 100 episodes of My Life is a Song, and commemorate the final posting on A Crock of Schmidt for a while, than to enjoy Colleen Cole’s 2007 debut release Other People’s Drama in its entirety! Unfortunately, there are no music videos to post so you’ll have to do a little work yourselves on this one. You can play all her songs on her personal webpage here:
Those on Spotify can find it here (I think …. I’m not a big Spotify user):
And if you love what you hear, you can buy the music here:
My personal favourite is “Happy Ending” but there are many terrific tracks on this great creation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.