Winnipeg Sun | 24Jun2011 | Orest Slepokura

On the Eve of Destruction

A recording artist looking to improve his prospects ought to consider bringing out a new rendition of the 1965 protest song Eve of Destruction.

Barry McGuire’s original version was great, but the world is ready to hear a new release. Certainly, a music video of such by a Canadian performer could credibly, to the CRTC’s delight, include only footage of very our own national tragedies: Slave Lake ravaged by forest fire, massive flooding across Manitoba and Quebec, Vancouver’s downtown trashed by hockey rioters, and so on.

Folk songs are the comfort food of the music industry; even when, oddly enough, their message is anything but reassuring. We need comforting about now. So, bring ‘em on!

Orest Slepokura

We are living in interesting times.