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Ned’s Summer Ride

Ned’s Summer Ride

This summer, my friend and Four Season’s Vancouver Chef Ned Bell set out to cycle across the country to raise awareness about sustainable seafood. As he makes his way across the country, I thought he deserved a little tune of his own!

Here’s how it goes:

Let me tell you a story about a young fella named Ned

From St. John’s to Vancouver, he set to cross the land
His summer spent to spread the word, and take the task to hand
To raise awareness ’bout the seafood sitting on our plate
And start us thinking how to change before it’s far too late

The journey’s not all pedalling, there’s lots of dinners, too
As chefs across our country show what we can do
With what we catch and grow, there’s such a story to be told
That shows the bounty that our rivers, lakes and oceans hold

So wish him well and cheer him on, and share a young man’s wish
For clean and healthy waters, full of lots of tasty fish
Although he loves to ride his bike and keep his body lean,
Ned’s riding cross the country just to keep our waters clean

I’m tired just thinking about it

As Ned rides through your city, you’ll see he’s not alone,
Dad’s driving, Fin’s directing, with Kate and Max at home
The daily feed from twitter lets us all know where he’s at
And every night his facebook page has new pins on the map

And if you see him on TV, take the time to pause
and ponder your own food supply, a very worthy cause
And when you buy your seafood, think of how it’s caught,
Your dollar speaks in volumes each and every time you shop

So wish him well and cheer him on, and share a young man’s wish
For clean and healthy waters, full of lots of tasty fish
Although he loves to ride his bike and keep his body lean,
Ned’s riding cross the country just to keep our waters clean

What are you doing about it?

So as I play and tell the tale, I think of Ned’s long ride
But words are cheap, it’s actions that will keep his dream alive
It’s only going to happen if we think of how we fish
And spread the word to everyone about this fella’s wish

So do your part and make the point to ask before you buy
And do a bit to help to keep a healthy food supply
Cause everyone who knows just how important it can be
Will think of chefs for oceans from sea to sea to sea

So wish him well and cheer him on, and share a young man’s wish
For clean and healthy waters, full of lots of tasty fish
Although he loves to ride his bike and keep his body lean,
Ned’s riding cross the country to keep our waters clean

We’ll all be here to cheer him on, and share a young man’s wish
For clean and healthy waters, full of lots of tasty fish
Although he loves to ride his bike and keep his body lean,
Ned’s riding cross the country just to keep our waters clean

What did you have for dinner tonight?

Without a Hockey Game

Without a Hockey Game

Last fall, CBC had another contest for the “next great hockey song”. Always up for a bit of fun and a challenge, I wrote this song and got a few friends together at the studio to record  it one evening, and ended up as a collaboration between some good friends to bring life to an original song celebrating growing up in Canada and our national pastime! Thanks to all for contributing to the arrangement, and to Mo for providing the studio space to make it happen!

Even though we didn’t win the contest, we are happy to contribute to the energy that has come out of it in support of  The Hockey Project, an initiative started by fellow musician and contest entrant Larry Pegg, who is trying to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention issues through music and hockey, after losing his teenage daughter to suicide.

Here’s the lyric sheet so you can sing along!

Without a hockey game

From all the mornings tying laces before the crack of dawn
To sleepless nights before a game, anticipation going strong
The sound of the Zamboni doing laps around the rink
Clouds of breath in frozen air, the puck’s resounding clink

For every Stanley Cup won on asphalt with a ball
Where everyone’s a hero, one goal will win it all
Whoever puts it in the net will be a superstar
Only interrupted by the goalie calling “car”

No matter how old I become, it always stays the same
It wouldn’t be a Saturday without a hockey game

Hurry up and don’t be late, ‘cause I’ve been waiting all week long
Got the boys all coming over, going to cheer the home team on
Hurry up and drop the puck, we’ve got our favourite sweaters on
Cold ones in the cooler, yelling all night long

For every generation knows, the names we yell may change
It wouldn’t be a Saturday without a hockey game

To every kid that’s ever grown up north of 49
The sound of blades on ice is music that we all can recognize
From games of shinny on a pond to arenas under lights
Once the puck drops it’s the same sweet ballet every time

So now that I’ve got my own kids, the cycle starts again
To early mornings, strong hot coffee warming parents’ hands
Another generation’s turn to love the game we share
That brings us all together, no matter when or where

Whenever there’s a game on, no matter who may play
It wouldn’t be a Saturday without a hockey game

No matter if you’re young or old, it’s always been the same
We couldn’t call it Canada without a hockey game

What would we do on Saturday without a hockey game?
We couldn’t call it Canada without a hockey game

We couldn’t call it Canada without a hockey game

Playing on the track:

Dennis Green – Guitars, keyboards

Lyle Longridge – Vocals

Annabelle Addems – Vocals

Bruce Baker – Bass

Steve Piana – Drums