I’m looking for a love song about Vancouver. It can be punk, rock, alternative, folky and yeah, I guess I’ll even accept country. I’ve been hearing Empire State of Mind so much lately and I have come to realize that there are so many songs about how wonderful California and New York are but what about Vancouver?
I’m not comparing all of them side by side at all but you’d think there would be some representation of Vancouver Love in the music sphere. I know people like Vancouver, it’s a pretty nice place to be and you can’t beat the scenery. Even Tom Cochrane sings about “Vancouver’s lights” in Life is a Highway.
So here I am, looking for a fantastic song to get me pumped about my beloved city on a grey, gloomy, drenched December afternoon. Maybe in the same way I can listen to Augustana’s Boston “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunsets” and get psyched for the East Coast, who knows. I put the call out on Twitter and received quite a bit of feedback, here are a few messages:
Darren Barefoot’s post is helpful as he includes songs about Vancouver such as Gord Downie‘s Vancouver Divorce.
However, I’m looking for an all out anthem – something that I could listen to even while rain splashes my windows and think, man… it’s good to be here.
From the puddled alleys to the mulch-covered trails of the North Shore, there has to be some kind of lyrical tribute… somewhere.
Update: @BCRobyn‘s suggestion is completely awesome.
(Above) Vancouver, B.C. by The Smugglers including the shout out to TDM. I also went through Dan Mangan’s catalog over on CBC Radio 3. Lovely West Coast tunes but I’m still on the hunt…