I wish I'd discovered the music of Stan Rogers years ago, so I would have had the pleasure all along. As it is, having finally been introduced, I'm making up for lost time. NORTHWEST PASSAGE is a wonderful collection of music and as good a place to start as any. I love the stories he tells, how you feel you have actually met these people. The retired rodeo rider in NIGHT GUARD fighting to protect his stock. The guy who got laid off in THE IDIOT, going west to find work in a place he dislikes rather than lose his self respect by going on the dole. The farmer's wife (they are farmers too!) lamenting her lost youth and beauty in LIES. How can you not love a writer who references a dance at the Legion Hall and Rodin's "Belle Heaulmiere" in the same lyric? The music runs a gamut of styles, each appropriate to the tale he tells.
The title song, NORTHWEST PASSAGE, I actually heard years ago, but thought it was a traditional OLD folk song and never followed up on it, assuming it had no author of record. It is my favorite song on the album, full of history and wonderful images. I particularly like the fact it is a'capella and the rich harmonies of the mens voices gives me goosebumps. I have ordered and am waiting delivery of 3 more Stan Rogers collections. Canada lost a native voice, but the world lost a treasure when Stan Rogers died. Thank god we have the music.