Top 10 Magical Quotes By Gord Downie Of Tragically Hip

While beer companies tirelessly use Canadian patriotism in their marketing campaigns, Canadian pride isn’t always loud and showy, but is something deep and proud. One event that recently united the country was the devastating news of Tragically Hip frontman, wordsmith, poet and singer Gord Downie’s terminal cancer diagnosis. The Tragically Hip as a band haven’t received much international recognition, especially most famously from south of the border. This helps make the band and its music something truly Canadian.
For decades the Tragically Hip’s music has served as a soundtrack to road trips, bonfires, cottage nights, school dances, and most importantly meaningful music that tells an honest story. From a wrongly convicted prisoner, a missing hockey player, and a Group of Seven artist who would paint his landscapes outside in the cold of winter. The songs were road maps of national geography from the Prairies to Bobcaygeon and their hometown of Kingston. After a monumental last tour, Gord Downie wasn’t finished. He used the spotlight to be a voice for Aboriginal rights, and went on a second tour to promote his solo project, The Secret Path about the life and tragic death of a Chanie Wenjack, a young boy who died in 1966 after escaping from a residential school and trying to walk home. While Canadians were heartbroken by the news of Gord Downie’s diagnosis, it was a special and unifying event for the country to come together and be there to support him and his band, and be a witness to his courage.
Here are 10 magical quotes by Gord Downie of Tragically Hip that serve to evoke a hopeful spirit in you.

1.) “Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.” – Gord Downie


2.) “I write every day. I walk around in silent conversation with my latest unfinished songs.” – Gord Downie


3.) “You’re up there and you’re grappling with the paradoxical dilemma of feeling at once silly and sublime, absurd and grand, and that makes one do interesting things, and lends itself to grandiose gestures and a sort of disbelief that your small, tiny words are really getting out there.” – Gord Downie


4.) “We want to bring good music to the people. That’s what it’s all about.” — Gord Downie


5.) “Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.” — Gord Downie


6.) “You’re up there and you’re grappling with the paradoxical dilemma of feeling at once silly and sublime, absurd and grand, and that makes one do interesting things, and lends itself to grandiose gestures and a sort of disbelief that your small, tiny words are really getting out there.” — Gord Downie


7.) “I’m less convinced of my convincing-ness the older I get.” – Gord Downie


8.) “I have no illusions of the future. Or maybe it’s all illusion. I don’t know. I’ve always been ready for it.”


9.) “It would be hard for me now, at this age and stage, to leave a song without a glimmer of hope… I always like to have a glimmer of hopefulness, even in collapse.” – Gord Downie


10.) “A great song’s greatest attribute is how it hints at more. The Hip has always had a strong curiosity to see what’s around the next corner. To see what more we can do, what more we can say — to each other, primarily. We try and serve the song. If we’re any good at all it’s because we’re together on that.” — Gord Downie


Author: Tara Collum

Tara Collum lives in Toronto and grew up in Muskoka. She is the co-creator of a forthcoming web serial about twins in a small town. She believes it is never too late to be the person you are meant to be. Follow Tara on twitter @99percentsun


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