The next morning, I walked in to the kitchen and poured a bowl of cereal.
My Mom, as usual, was sitting at the table drinking coffee.
“I don’t think I wanna move back to Moncton.” I said.
“What do you mean, you don’t think you wanna move back to Moncton?”
“I think I wanna stay here. I feel like I’m starting to make friends here.”
“Well, you know, Mike, that really makes me happy to hear that.”
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.