Friday, August 26, 2011

5 on Friday - Set 81

Travis at Trav's Thoughts invites everyone to lay down a short set of music that takes their fancies for his 5 on Friday meme.

This week's set is dedicated to fallen Opposition Leader Jack Layton, who died at age 61 on Monday from cancer.

"Like some political Moses, Jack Layton led his people out of the wilderness, only to die within sight of his own Promised Land," wrote John Ward for The Huffington Post

"Deuteronomy 34 says God took Moses up to a high place and showed him the Promised Land in the distance.

'I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.' "

Prior to the spring election, Jack Layton worked as part of a triad of opposition parties, along with the Liberals and the Bloc Québécois, in a constant state of compromise between one another and the minority Conservative government.

Parliament is set to resume on Sept. 19th, denying Jack his moment of glory in the hard-to-swallow irony of life.

1 - #9 Dream - John Lennon

"In order to have the Canada you want, you have to vote for the Canada you want." - Jack Layton

2 - We Can Work It Out - The Beatles

"When you bring good ideas forward in the context of a Parliament where no one party has been given the absolute authority to proceed, then you roll up your sleeves, you discuss, you negotiate." - Jack Layton

3 - Orange Crush - R.E.M.

Orange Crush was the nickname given to the historic shift in the Canadian political landscape during the 2011 spring election. When Jack Layton won the leadership convention in 2003, the NDP - whose party colour is orange - stood at 13 seats in the House of Commons.

The Liberals were in power with 172 seats, Conservatives as Official Opposition with 78 seats, the Bloc Québécois at 38 seats.

Jack's Orange Crush gave the Conservatives their elusive majority, which took three elections and resulted in 166 seats. The Liberals fell to a freakish 34 seats. The Bloc were decimated at 4 seats, and the Green Party made another historic win with its first-ever seat in the House.

The Orange Crush swept through Canada and turned the Opposition over to the NDP with an astounding 103 seats.

“We wanted to let you know that on Saturday, August 27 from sundown to sunrise, the CN Tower will be lit orange to honour the passing of the Honourable Jack Layton,” Patrick Leavey, CN Tower’s marketing manager

"Niagara Falls will be illuminated orange this Saturday in a tribute to NDP leader Jack Layton who died on Monday following his second battle with cancer. The lighting of the falls is set to coincide with the state funeral scheduled to take place Saturday afternoon, said the Niagara Parks Commission who put in the request to the NIagara Falls Illumination board." - NiagaraThisWeek

4 - Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Dianna Ross

"With the last of his life force, he shone a light over this whole country in that sweet, wise letter. And in doing so, he whipped off another miracle.

Jack couldn’t overcome the toll taken on his body by the punishing grandeur of his achievement in this last year of his life. But he has upped the ante in a way none of us could have imagined.

True even beyond form, Jack has left us his spirit, still hard at work. Though we are laying his body to rest this weekend, Jack speaks to us now more powerfully and compellingly than ever.

Who knows how much Jack’s over-the-top election commitment stole from his days on this planet? But his unquenchable zest for love, his unstoppable faith in hope and that crazy, unwavering optimism of his are building an even bigger, better movement from the other side of the veil."
- Alice Klein, NOW Magazine

5 - Rise Up - Parachute Club

This song will be performed at his state funeral on Saturday, at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.


Linda said...

Excellent song choices for a man who was obviously an excellent leader in Canada.

I had read on Facebook that Niagara Falls would be illuminated in orange on Saturday and I think that's a wonderful tribute and gesture.

Jamie said...

What a beautiful tribute to a great man.

Akelamalu said...

Love your choices Julia.

Travis Cody said...

Wonderful tribute. Again, you have my condolences. But even better than that, you have the legacy of Mr Layton to build upon.

Mike Golch said...

Great tunes for a great man!

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