I am heart broken. Gord Downie was an icon in the Canadian rock scene, he is truly irreplaceable. He wasn’t just a musician, he was a poet, an activist and a shining light in the world.
That being said, I think we could all take comfort in his wisdom…
Here are Gord Downies best quotes:
“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.”
“We were just happy to be together, and that’s the way we’ve done everything.”
“I write every day. I walk around in silent conversation with my latest unfinished songs.”
“I like hanging with my family and helping them on their way however I can. There’s a new tragicomedy every half-hour, there is laughter, there are tears, and it’s all real. They are endlessly entertaining, they have given me so much, they’ve given me a chance to ‘see’ things again.”
“I stand in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and all Canadians who find themselves with no voice in our present version of democracy, who are trying to come up with the entry fee that gets them a seat at the table where their pollution future is being discussed.”
“Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.”
“I’ve always liked R.E.M. because, like so many things I like, they exude a warmth; I like to think that we do, too.”
“I’m a dancer. It’s what I love to do more than anything.”
“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.”
“I’m less convinced of my convincing-ness the older I get.”
“I grew up on the lake and spent most of that time outdoors. As a musician, I travel widely around the country and talk to a lot of people, from all walks of life. That experience, combined with my rock and roll roots gives me something of an affinity for the underdog. In many ways, the environment is also the underdog — so, it’s an easy fit.”
“I have no illusions of the future. Or maybe it’s all an illusion. I don’t know. I’ve always been ready for it.”
“We want to bring good music to the people. That’s what it’s all about.”
“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.”
“I go for it; I sing, I dance, I listen to this great band, I do what the music urges.”
“Even as a kid, I don’t think I bought into a lot of the mythology about Canada. And certainly not a lot of what’s called stagecraft that’s in politics now, that sort of permanent campaign. That doesn’t seem to represent what we’re about.”
“I love this country. I love my idea of this country.”
“When people think we [Canadians] are polite, that’s just a word for thought process, and there’s a thought process that perhaps we just don’t trust illusion too much.”
“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 was such an important voice in Canada. He loved the country while holding it accountable for it’s past. He used his platform to spread awareness to certain very important issues, all the while making beautiful and iconic music.
Rock In Peace, Gord.