A word or two about the song “On Remembrance Day”.
Originally the song was supposed to be about my great uncle Harold Joyce, who died on the 28th of August in 1918 at the Second Battles of Arras.
His name is on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.
I was trying to write his story, but I wasn’t having much luck getting anywhere with the idea.
So, after rolling the melody around in my head for a couple of days, I decided that instead of making the song about one soldier in particular, I’d try to make it about every soldier and our debt to them.
I can only imagine what they went through.
I first wrote and recorded “On Remembrance Day” four years ago.
But, deep down, I always knew that I wanted to visit the song again.
Maybe add some harmonies.
Maybe a violin part.
So, last week, while working on my new album, Scott Franchuk and I decided to set aside a little time (ok, a lot of time) to rerecord “On Remembrance Day”.
And man, am I glad we did.
This is probably my favourite song of mine.
Shannon Johnson came in and played an absolutely amazing violin part.
And then, to top it off, Jenny and Ruby sang harmonies on the the last chorus.
Back in May and June of 2000, we were on tour in Europe.
We had a wildly successful run through Holland, Belgium and Germany.
It was our first time back in two years and they were ready for us.
We played 16 shows in 16 cities in 14 nights.
It was crazy.
People followed us from town to town.
We felt like stars.
The last show was insane.
Everyone wants to be there on one of those special nights. More to the point, they want to be able to say they were THERE on one of those nights; one of those nights where the band onstage hits a groove and rides it far past the point even the most die-hard fan could have hoped for. I’m happy to say I was there for one of those nights. The Mike Plume Band was the outfit onstage. It was in an unlikely town (Grand Forks, ND) and stage isn’t quite accurate. Picture the most intimate venue you’ve ever visited, cut it in half and fill it up with 100 people, a bar and peanuts (It was The Peanut Bar in the legendary Westward Ho entertainment complex). Read more