Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Great Big Sea

Enough CLL for moment.

Tonight, I was at genuinely fun unpretentious folk-rock-celtic-trad concert from the best band to ever sail from the cold and rocky shore of Newfoundland, namely the Great Big Sea.

Newfoundland has always been a special place for me. Lived there for 3 months as a medical student in a fishing village that could only be reached by boat. Or helicopter if there was a real emergency. The road came decades after I had left. Worked at a tiny hospital in town and traveled up and down the foggy coast to tiny fishing hamlets where we held clinics in a classroom or someone's bedroom.

It was there that fell in love with being a family doctor.

That medical school elective changes my life forever. I was hooked by the scope and depth, the variety and the intimacy of a general practice.

And so that has been my path for the last 40 plus years.

The concert tonight was a total escape for me and an echo of some dormant memories, time off from work and sleep that I can hardly afford, and yet could hardly afford not to take. Hope these CBC videos gives you a reasonable facsimile of being there.

Catch them in concert if you can. They are on their 20th anniversary concert right now.

Enjoy a video or two that take less brain and more heart than my usual fare.

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Anonymous Marilyn Yocum said...

Your comments about serving in that village were wonderful to read!

March 6, 2013 at 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the singing! Alison.

March 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM  
Anonymous jcleri said...

Great music to start my day. Thanks for sharing.

March 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Hey Brian, I live next door to them and Glen he just lives down the road. Great bit of fun!!!

March 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM  

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