Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Hiding Under The McGarrigle Sisters' Blanket

Lord how those kids can sing...beautiful music and column Ed...thanks...

Thanks always seem to be the first to leave a comment on many of my columns. It means a lot, because in this blogosphere environment one never knows if their voice breaks through the static. 

I read your column as soon as I get the notification you've posted...your posting on recent events resonates, we are of a similar mindset, but I am the eternal optimist even in the face of long odds...having said that I work at a courthouse, and I find the political is all around I am always looking for the escape, and music is usually where I turn first as well...the first clip with Rufus and Martha was exactly what I needed...breathtaking and exquisite...the voices of earthly angels...

Keep the columns coming are not a voice in the wilderness...there is substance to what you say, whether people agree with the viewpoint expressed or not.


Gee whiz Ed, I don't comment much, but your article resonated with me. Thanks so much for opening the day like this--with sunshine, hope, and a warm blanket. 





I try to share my thoughts and connect with others through my words, and it humbles me that you'd take the time to leave a comment. If I had a unicorn to offer, it'd be yours. ee 

Ed,  Your columns are often thought generators or arrows pointing to great music that I hadn't focused on before.  This time was no exception.  It reminded me that I have been wanting to revisit Dink's Song after a conversation about this Thanksgiving.     More importantly, it made me think about the fear that is so dramatically expressed by people on both sides of the political divide.  Maybe FDR had it right, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."  I wonder these days if the fears felt regarding people we don't know or understand is as justified as so many correspondents make it out to be.  I'm not suggesting that anyone bury their head in the sand, but rather open they're eyes to human beings that they are afraid of.  Those are real people with real worries and real parents and children.  Almost all of them are of sound mind and good intent.  Them refers to whoever you choose as your "other".  Most of you don't know my politics - and it doesn't matter right now.  What matters is finding respect for and common ground with those "others".  Try to look at them from another angle and with some empathy.  It might help.



A tall man and a short one look inside a window and see two different things. If one gets down on his knees and the other on a ladder, it could lead to to each getting a different view come into focus. That could be a half-full glass way of thinking about it, but I'm not there yet. It looks half-empty to me know matter from which direction I look. But thank you for sharing...I will not dismiss it. Blessings. 

Thanks for helping me see what I left out.  I worry that either sees the wide eyed highly publicized 10% of the "other side", without recognizing that the other 90% were expressing legitimate concerns.  For example, and examples only, the Black Lives Matter movement highlights a serious problem in the lives of black people, especially in cities, that they cannot go about their ordinary lawful daily lives without disruption and sometimes risk of life from law enforcement.  For example, and examples only, people in smaller cities in the midwest see their towns hollowed out and their brightest young people compelled to go far away to make their way in the world.  Neither of the subjects of these examples feel like their troubles are being addressed by government.  That anguish is real and the feeling of hopelessness is real.  Who of us can hear both cries?  Doesn't hope come from addressing both,etc., etc....  That doesn't change the perception that the incoming administration will fail on both.  But, we as people, have to start to recognize both.  Otherwise, neither problem (or their cousin problems) can be addressed.  

I apologize if this is too political for what ought to be musical musings.  Those are a lot more fun to contemplate, and your musings are particularly fun to contemplate.  So let me leave with some hopeful music from our youth.


Good post...great song...

Great column, Ed.  I, too, go to your column as soon as I conveniently can after getting a notification.  Thanks for keeping up the great work and for your heart-on-your-sleeve.

I remember hearing that Kate had died, and tears sprang. I used to queue up to see the Sisters in Toronto, usually at Convocation Hall, where we'd meet up with long-unseen friends and hear those great songs and harmonies and (at later shows) stories about little kid Rufus. 

Kate was the charismatic one, but they were both fine songwriters and singers.  Anna's Heart Like A Wheel is one of the great songs about romantic love; I really like Mendocino (which you quote), but Kate's Go Leave is the real heartbreaker (a good pairing for Kitty Come Home).  Like many McGarrigle songs it's been amply covered, but I particular like the version by Anne Sofie von Otter (opera singer) in an arrangement by Elvis Costello.

Thanks again!


Lovely piece. Peace


Thanks for a marvelous column, Ed. Oh how I share your pain and your fears now and for the future. You've lighted a path that I'm inspired to follow in hopes that The McGarrigle Sisters' blanket will cover me too.