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Canadian Winter

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Friday, April 8, 2011,

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this recently but I've been neglecting my acoustic guitar for my younger, redder electric. (I feel like a guy going through a mid-life crisis) Yesterday I came home however, and decided to pick it up and play an old, old song I wrote around 2005. It's called Canadian Winter. I almost forgot it's E-A-A-D-A-D tuning. I sat there for probably ten minutes before I could remember it, and almost gave up, but then some brain path clicked and I went EUREKA! and away we ...

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Smoke

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,
Well. I got out the old VCR recently. Don't ask me why, it's a long, sad story about the loss of free cable, broken DVD players and frustration with internet TV. I'm bringing it back old school. Along with the clunky rectangular dinosaur came a box of old VHS tapes lugged out from the deep dark dank of the basement. I thought I had watched them all but there was a movie called "Smoke" that caught my eye. It looked dated, but since it was "new" to me, I threw it in. It starred Harvey Keitel an...

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Where's Waldo?

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Friday, March 11, 2011,
Upon arriving at St. Ignatius School in Guelph this morning to catch a glimpse at the Prime Minister's speech on science and technology I found myself directly behind the black car entourage also pulling into the school's parking lot. I tried to act like I was with them, but the silver van didn't fit in. I was told to park on the street. It was wet and rainy and I finally got into the school soaked and somewhat resembling a drowned rat - an enthusiastic, drowned rat. There were two desks in f...
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Podcast

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Friday, March 11, 2011,
Listen to my podcast! It's about hockey and stuff!

Hockey Talkie

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'Cause Everyone Knows It's Stephen's...Last Night In Town

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Friday, March 11, 2011,

The ideal news reporter is as unbiased as possible when covering stories. Right? Right. Well. Okay. I wouldn't mind trying out news, it looks like a challenging yet fun job and I would be proud to get the chance to be a news broadcaster. It's difficult though, being a rather convicted person when it comes to politics. We have a news assignment due this Monday and we are supposed to go grab a clip from someone, and not just anybody on the street but someone who has the goods on whatever story ...


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Speigel Im Speigel (Mirror In Mirror)

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Tuesday, March 8, 2011,
"Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream." Ingmar Bergman

I learn something new everyday. If I'm lucky two! But today, I learned a bit more about the vast world of filmmakers: a topic that could never be completely covered. A friend of mine sent me an email containing the link to one of director Andrei Tarkovsky's movie clips set to the music of Arvo Part. Tarkovsky is fro...

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The Royal City

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Monday, March 7, 2011,

I live in Guelph. I moved to this city back in 2002 for one major reason: the music. Previously I had been in Montreal, which is also a great town for music, but not so good for an anglophone trying to work while attending school. I had been thinking about moving back to Ontario for a while and when a good friend of mine introduced me to Guelph's Hillside Festival the summer of 2001, I knew I was home. There are few moments in life that you can travel back to as if you never left. The first F...


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Proof That (Robert) Random Exists

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Saturday, March 5, 2011,
I have this friend, Doug. He's a philosophy major turned refrigeration repair man (the big ones, like at Zehr's). He's 56 years old. I can't remember the first time I met him, but I used to work as a cook at the Albion and he has been a regular there for more years than I've been alive. Close enough. I've long since stopped working there but we still get together weekly to drink a few beers and talk about nothing. It's like Seinfeld but in Guelph and at a bar, not a cafe. My hair isn't quite ...
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Coming To A Fake Screen Near You!

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Friday, March 4, 2011,
I had the pleasure of watching a video that some fellow classmates made for their Creativity class presentation yesterday. It's about Brainstroming, so what did they do? They made a movie trailer, for a movie called....you got it: Brainstorming. Normally when it's presentation day I try to make myself a nice breakfast, pack lots of treats, listen to my favourite music before I head out - anything to inundate myself with good stuff - 'cause presentations are usually either boring, ill-prepared...
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As It Happens...To Your Body

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Friday, March 4, 2011,
On CBC's "As It Happens" tonight host Jeff Douglas played some unique clips about how radio broadcasters are "subject to the whims of our stupid bodies". (Here's the link: http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=1828186799 Go to 23.30 minutes. His intro was great as he confessed his own career nightmares. Then he aired the tragic yet brave attempt by Australian Kate Wilson to deliver the weather and news while going through a very severe attack of the hic ups. It was painfully fu...
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Blue Flowers

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Sunday, February 27, 2011,
I'm trying to play more guitar these days. I'm trying to eat healthier too but mostly I'm trying to play more guitar. The acoustic has been slumbering like a bear in hibernation as my shiny new/used Fender Jazzmaster is getting all the attention. I can't help it. I'm in love with it. The funny thing is my roommate/ bandmate Aaron Riswick had it in the house for six months before I even picked it up. Bill Priddle (of Treble Charger) lent it to Aaron to mess around with over the winter. He was ...
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Head Shots

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Saturday, February 26, 2011,
Sports columns, sports writers, sports broadcasters, sports coverage - is all talk. There has been so much talk, talk, talk about the fate of bad head shots, or even hard clean ones, in an NHL that boasts a faster-than-ever game of hockey . Sydney Crosby: the golden boy holding a box of timbits in one hand and Canada's Olympic hockey gold medal in the other is laying on the couch right now in his parent's home in Coal Harbour Nova Scotia still suffering from a bad concussion...or two. First w...
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To Be Young... and Female

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Thursday, February 24, 2011,

The only reason I heard about the brutal sexual assault of CBS news correspondent Lara Logan was because I was listening to NPR late last night while driving. I try to stay tuned in to the news of the day but honestly, this was the first I had heard about an incident that happened on the day that Mubarak stepped down: a day that was supposed to be about Egyptian Independence...perhaps CBS wanted to wait her story out, why post two big stories in one day?

I'm not saying I'm Lara's biggest foll...


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It Pays Off To Get Picked Last

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,
Well the Leaf's just won another game beating the New York Islanders 2-1. It was a tight game but Phil Kessel scored the clincher late in the third after a lot of good pressure from the team. Leaf's fans (those left) will say Kessel has finally lifted himself out of a funk and I think it has to do with winning that car for being picked last during the all-star game. It looked cool anyway, and the guy has actually scored...a few times! It must be the car! Sure, it's a possibility that he was s...
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It Is A Bad Time To Be Poor

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Wednesday, February 23, 2011,
If there's one band I have never fallen out of love with it's the Rheostatics. They are one of those highly acclaimed but unknown Canadian bands that were popular during the prog-rock movement around Toronto in the 80's. The only radio stations that ever play them are The Edge late at night or CBC radio 2. They just aren't that popular, and they never were. They never made much money. But albums "Melville" and "Whale Music" are number 5 and 4 respectively on ChartAttack magazine's top 50 Cana...
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Soundscape

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Monday, February 21, 2011,
I watched a movie called "Radio On" recently.



There is a stark but luminous quality to the movie, filmed in 1979 post-punk Britain and co-produced by Wim Wenders - the great German director/ writer. (See: "Wim Wenders: On Film" great book.) Anyway, its a story of a radio jock who goes on a spiritual road trip of sorts, and what grabbed me was how sound mixed with landscape in this film. Certain audio would work with such things as swooshing windshield wipers, or a long view of a train travell...
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Snowscape

Posted by Emily Gleeson on Monday, February 21, 2011,
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago. It's the view from my backyard. I like the snowy rooftops and the hanging towel on the clothesline. I think it's been there since they went to the beach last summer.

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