Nov 10, 2011
So, it's all come down Whosarmy and Melanie Morgan. Toronto and New Brunswick. Rock and country. A finale with weight, and suspense, and INTRIGUE.
How fitting that the songs to be performed on Sunday are real Canadian classics! Here they are:
Song: "Hand In My Pocket" by Alanis Morissette
History: Apparently Jagged Little Pill was recorded in the span of two weeks, and like much of the album, "Hand In My Pocket" was co-written by Glen Ballard. It was released on Halloween in 1995 as the album's second single, and was also her second single to hit number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The song also burned up the charts in Canada, peaking at number one. In completely unrelated news, "Hand In My Pocket" was the original theme song for Dawson's Creek, but Morissette decided against it before the show went to air. Oh, and yes - that's Alanis rocking the harmonica solo.
Song: "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams
History: People tend to assume that this classic song is about the year 1969, but Bryan Adams clarified that it's mostly about making love in the summertime! However, he has also previously stated that the tune was built on the theme of nostalgia for that particular year. So - interpret it as you wish? "Summer of '69" was created with Jim Vallance in a basement studio, and sifted through several changed because they didn't believe it was strong enough for the album. But of course, the tune eventually received multiple awards, made itself at home on the charts and was recently ranked #17 on CBC Radio's best 50 Canadian songs.
Song: "The Weight" by The Band
History: Written by Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Robbie Robertson, "The Weight" was released on The Band's debut album Music From Big Pink in 1968. It's listed #41 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Interestingly, the song only peaked at #63 in the US and #35 in Canada - but these days, the lyric "take a load off Annie" is synonymous with the 60s. No wonder it's been covered by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker and Grateful Dead.
Thanks to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for the stories behind these iconic songs!