“Music brings people together. So my function, in anything I do, is to help bring people closer in.” – Gord Downie
It was the one year anniversary of Gord Downie’s death a couple of days ago, so it seemed appropriate to share a quote from him that can help us all.
Gord was the front man of a wonderful band. Publicly, he was an entertainer, a rocker, a poet and a troubadour. Privately, he was a friend, a father, a son and a brother.
But what he believed he was, first and foremost, was a connector.
That’s your job too. Let’s not forget that. Let’s not forget that it isn’t about what we do; it’s about how what we do can change the people we do it for.
Who are you connecting?
Now watch this video. It’s about 5 minutes long and it’s lovely and will give you chills. Look at the crowd; note the ages, races and genders. Every one of them is singing with one voice, together and connected. This performance was also the first time any members of The Tragically Hip got together and played a Hip song (publicly anyway) since their final show, with Gord, in August of 2016.
To the Hip: I love you boys. I’m doing all I can out here to connect.