Not Until My Hands Bleed.

Are the words I was thinking when ferociously clapping as Neil Young finished his concert with “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” in Calgary Sunday night. As the concert came to a close the whole stadium had shrunk into a single charge of energy that had been induced by our very own Canadian Neil Young. Not only has this concert become one of the ultimate experience I will experience next to child birth, it was that miraculous, but it blew mine and my lovely companion’s expectations, as I am sure child birth will for the both of us. Bob Dylan cannot even compare to how amazing Neil Young was.

The show kicked off with a band that had no name, at least they didn’t bother to introduce themselves. All the information that was provided was that they hailed from Los Angeles. Their set was shortly lived but lovely enough to wet your palate for what was to come. Next, a nice surprise, Death Cab for Cutie entertained the filling stadium for about 45 minutes with cute love songs like “I will follow you into the Dark” which makes a nice little mention of Calgary. Their set not only included cute love songs but we had a running commentary of each song’s dynamics provided by the gentlemen seating right behind us. But nothing, not even the commentary could compare to what we were about to experience.

Neil Young. He managed to fill the entire stadium with a wall of sound (which from where we were sitting did not have the detrimental affect of making us shout to each other at the end of the show), provided us with “Hey Hey, My My”, “Cinnamon Girl”, “Oh, Lonesome Me”, “Everybody knows this is nowhere”, “Needle and the Damage Done”, “Old Man”, “Helpless”, “Mother Earth” on the organ while playing the harmonica, finished with “Rockin’ in the Free World” and encored with “A day in a life” by the Beatles. Note: All these songs must be experienced some how, go out and find them! By the end of the show everbody was standing, clapping along and moving to the beat. To experience this kind of effect on thousands of people is something special. To know that at this very moment everybody is happy to be where they are is almost like attaining perfection.

To add to the pure rock’n’roll that was oozing out of the stage he manage to add some visual aspects to the show. I am not talking about a wicked light show with Tusken Raiders helping out; but I am talking about the painting that was happening in the background of his show. It seemed as though a woman and a man where overlapping colours upon colours, like our pre-historic friends did 25 000 years ago, while Neil Young was making his guitar cry out oh so sweetly. The painting started out red, then turned green and went through the changing shades to turn out a mauvish colour. Although this little aspect may not be as mind blowing as Tusken Raiders it was still awesome to see all the creativity that was going on all at once. I wish I could describe it better but unfortunately I was dancing to hard to take in all the details. Maybe it had something to do with how he was dressed. He was wearing a black blazer with splattered paint all over it, work man jeans and brown boots. There was also a random prop next to the drummer: a red rotary phone, of which I wonder why it was placed there. Maybe taking in these three aspects you can come out with the conclusion that here is a man who is a symbol for the common man taking at look at our history (the rotary phone is basically history) and who is producing something more than art which is in the background.

Overall the show was a great success, a show to be remembered and cherished among those that where privileged to experience it. I am sorry you missed it. Hopefully these kind of experiences will be available to us in the future. But who knows according to our government the common man does not enjoy what art leads too but I beg to differ.

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Edit Downtown Lethbridge

Politics, politics, politics. It is what everyone is thinking, talking, breathing – about. It seems that the world is in shambles with all of this recession talk and the ever plaguing reminder that there is still war going on in the other corners of our world, plus we have the receding ice caps to wonder about, those poor polar bears. But in light of all this crazyiness there is light at the end of the tunnel and its called: Edit.

Edit: Stylish and Sustainable Shopping is ran by former stylist Joanne Maharaj who hails from the thriving metropolis of Toronto. The store is full of stylish and sustainable goodies for men, women and children that ranges from clothing to bath products. It offers labels such as Edun by Bono and Ali Hewson, Toronto’s Preloved, Loomstate by Rogan Gregory and many others. All of these labels offer peace of mind, something that is far and in between the minds of most Canadians. Not only does the store offer great clothing on so many levels, Joanne Maharaj is such a friendly and intelligent person that shopping in her store can only be an euphoric experience.

The only draw back which is capable of holding us young people back is that the store is not cheap. Here are four reasons to bypass the price:

1) You’re going to spend money on clothing anyways. Why not save a little and actually add pieces that make a statement both on a personal and a political level.

2) Its a store that is starting out – Joanna needs to eat.

3) Sustainable clothing is much more expensive to produce then cheap clothing. Cheap clothing usually entails cheap labour practices and the use of none-environmentally friendly practices and materials.Thus bigger corporations have not moved in this direction because it causes their profits to be much lower then when using cheap labour, material and pratices. Once sustainable clothing becomes more popular then the prices will go down; essentially there isn’t a big enough demand for sustainable clothing. So let’s introduce a demand.

4) You are supporting something that does not induce a monocultural community within Lethbridge, Alberta which means you are supporting progress and change. Which would make your time spent here in Lethbridge more supportable. Imagine if this store kept going and it brought in more people who were in line of making changes within their communities? Having Edit here makes Lethbridge, Alberta a more attractive place to live in for progressive minded people. Think of downtown Lethbridge’s furture!

Bottom line: if you haven’t shopped at Edit please do so now. It lives on 303 6th Ave South, you can call it at 403-524-1166 and visit it virtually at editshoppe.ca