A situation is in unfolding in Nova Scotia, where I live and as I write: the heartbreaking mass murder that started in the rural mainland community of Portapique. 22 victims have been identified so far, although they are expecting to find more in the days to come. Watching the news one night, I heard a CBC news personality talk about Nova Scotia’s identity as a musical province and how the musical tributes were pouring out. I had already been monitoring the “Ultimate Online Nova Scotia Kitchen Party (Covid19 Edition)” Facebook page as I have been fascinated by the way that music is being used during the coronavirus pandemic (which I plan to write about in a future blog post). The Online Kitchen Party page encourages people to post musical posts as a way to buoy people’s spirits during the challenges of coronavirus restrictions, and now it’s become a place where people can write messages of anguish and love and to post musical tributes in honour of the victims.
At first, people reposted videos of songs that they found comforting. They also began posting videos of themselves singing songs of comfort and inspiration. Many people spoke of having no words: the songs speak their pain. It is so moving to listen to the heartfelt musical expressions of grief and sorrow from so many people.
And now some of the first newly composed songs are emerging. I will update this post on an ongoing basis as I learn of new songs. I welcome you to let me know if I’ve missed any: heather_sparling <at> cbu.ca.
Michael Brown, “Nova Scotia Moon.”
Daniel Cadigan, “Heidi: New Shade of Blue.”
Brett Kissel, unnamed song.
Jody Tedford, “Your Light.”
Nathan Bishop MacDonald, “Lighthouse in the Mist.”
Tamara Lyn McKinstry, “The Shots Rang Out.”
David Fitz, unnamed song.
Scott Nolan, unnamed song.
Ron Flarity(?), “Nova Scotia, We Love You.”
Lewis MacKinnon, “Ó chòin, a Rìgh, gura mi tha muladach” (Gaelic lyrics and translation below)
Wendy Anne, unnamed song.
Mary Dunlop, Terry Dalton and Larry Dunlop, “Don’t Cry, Nova Scotia.”
Jennifer MacDonald, “I Will Sing.”
Gearárd O’Foghlú, “Brighter Day.”
Brian Landry, unnamed song.
Eric Mattei, “19 Down.”
George Canyon, unnamed song (at 15:28).
Caedda Enright, “Look at Us.”
Ryan Cook, “Thin Blue Line.”
Terra Spencer, “Love Shines Through.”