Being told I should be mourning
To start off, this is about the death of Gord Downey. I first of all want to say that if I knew his family and close friends, I would extend my sympathies. I’m sure he was a great man who died much too young of a horrible disease.
HOWEVER I did not know him personally. I never met him. I was not a fan of his music. Yet, because I am born and raised Canadian, I’m being told I’m unpatriotic for not loving his music and for not mourning his loss. Why? Everyone has different tastes. I admire his accomplishments as a musician and songwriter, but that doesn’t mean I have to like the music. I greatly mourned the loss of artists and performers that I did like and admire, but I should not be told I’m heartless or unpatriotic for not liking this artist’s music or for not being devastated by his death. I didn’t know the man.
I also am VERY tired of all of the Tragically Hip being played on EVERY radio station in the city. I get it. He was a very prominent Canadian, but I’ve not seen the same ‘tribute’ for other Canadian artists who have died. When Kenny Shields died, no one played Streetheart for hours on end. When Leonard Cohen died, no one played his music for hours on end. I have no problem for paying respect to a lost artist, but there are limits. Not everyone is a super fan.
If you loved him that much, I’m happy for you and very sorry for your loss, listen to his music and pay tribute in your own home.