Video of the Day: Ron Hawkins

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It’s cold out there, my fellow North Americans.  A blustery cold, in fact….hockey and hot chocolate weather. Maybe that’s why we’re featuring our 2nd Canadian singer/songwriter in two days.  Or maybe it’s because it’s times like these that I search for a warm blanket of a song that hearkens back to my musical roots.

For each of us, this means something different, but ultimately it is whatever serves as our equivalent of musical comfort food.  I still recall my teenaged self reading a book by Henry Miller to better understand a referential lyric by legendary Toronto indie band, The Lowest of the Low.  In retrospect, I’m quite sure that the lyric was not referring to the book I found in my school library — On the Fringe: The Dispossessed in America — so much as Tropic of Cancer, but regardless my mind was opened to a new subject and I learned something in the process.

Literary references that I found obscure in 1991 are thankfully less so in 2012, and in no small part because of the challenges I was given by lyrics that made me think a bit more and ultimately a bit differently than I might have otherwise.  This isn’t to say that I agree with sentiments simply because someone put them together with a catchy tune  —  I still think Che Guevara was a sociopathic murderer rather than an icon to be blindly worshiped  — but hey, I’ve been known to let my analytical guard down from time-to-time as well.

The primary lead singer of The Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins, has released a number of tremendous albums apart from the Low over the years, including one of my top ten albums of 2011. He merits further discussion, but for now…enjoy a song off of his second-most-recent release about a small Ontario town and kids on crystal meth — the feel good song of the year — “The Devil Went Down”.



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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.