I’m currently on a brief leave from my job at CBC to work on my next fiction project, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. I’m thankful to both great organizations for allowing me to take the time to pursue this opportunity. To mark this next step in my literary career, my mom recently dug up something I wrote as a teenager and scanned it for me. Feel free to read, while I cringe:
I grew up on the shores of Georgian Bay (Manidoo Gaming), so my heart will always be by the water. But I’ve had the fortune of being among many powerful mountains in my life, and their epic beauty always strikes a fierce buzz within me. Most recently, I was among the Torngat Mountains in northern Labrador, and this month, I’ll be in the Rockies in Banff. When I’m in such a grand landscape, I can’t help but think of a certain soundtrack. There are some great songs that just echo in my head when I see mountains. Here are some of my favourite songs about mountains, and some that remind me of them.
Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
Kyuss – “Odyssey”
Pink Floyd – “One of these Days”
Mastodon – “Sleeping Giant”
Björk – “Joga”
Black Sabbath – “N.I.B.”
Sigur Rós – Untitled (Vaka)
Loretta Lynn – “High on a Mountain Top”
Meshuggah – “I”
Grateful Dead – “Fire on the Mountain”
In early August, I had the fortunate opportunity to visit Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador. I was invited by my friend, the great Shelagh Rogers, to spend time with youth campers there. The original plan was to be up there for a week, but persistent bad weather hampered our flight plans for days. I was only able to be there for a little more than a day. Still, it was a powerfully memorable trip for many reasons, and I promise to elaborate on that soon. CBC asked me to document my time there, and I’ll be producing some web and radio stories on the trip later this fall. In the meantime, here’s a story in pictures. Stay tuned for more!