Songs about Blue Skies
Blue Skies All Around
This is a wonderful song about Blue Skies from one of our very own talented musicians, Dave Tilston. You can often find Dave playing until very late in the evening around the campfires.
“It is somewhat of a tradition with Blue Skies that we start our organizing meetings with a song. When I was asked to choose something to kick off our annual planning retreat in 2017, I wasn't sure what I'd do. I had some ideas about songs that might fit the occasion but nothing felt quite right. So, I decided to try writing something that captured how I, and hopefully others, felt about Blue Skies. I wanted something everyone could sing along with because we're all better when we sing and make music together. This song is the result. I hope it captures some of those things below the surface that make Blue Skies such a special place. I hope it brings some Blue Skies to you on a cloudy day. I hope it reminds each of us how we can make our world away from Blue Skies a bit better everyday. It was a joy to write and more than that to play and sing with fellow organizers and friends.”
- Dave Tilston (Mar. 2017)
Blue Skies Hallelujah
Another great song about Blue Skies penned by our former Legal Hat, Gord McDiarmid. It is played to the tune of Leonard Cohen's famous "Hallelujah".
“From 2003-2005, Blue Skies was working hard on planning how to become and how to be landowners of the Festival site. As the lawyer for Blue Skies during that period (officially known as "The Legal Beagle") I was very involved in the mechanics of the transfer. I had also been very involved with the fundraising effort to allow Blue Skies to buy The Land.
As we approached our annual retreat in early March 2006 at which the formal transfer of The Land would take place, I felt a strong sense of relief that the future of Blue Skies was at least somewhat assured for the foreseeable future. I felt some pride that Blue Skies would be the first music festival in Canada (as far as we knew) to own its festival site. Finally, I was feeling gratitude for what Blue Skies had been and excitement about how this change would move us as an organization. I felt the urge to write something to commemorate the event and to celebrate the fabulousness of Blue Skies.
At the time, I was still in the thrall of k d lang's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". That word struck me as the perfect one to express how I was feeling about the whole thing and it wasn't long before "Blue Skies Hallelujah" found its way onto a piece of paper. I thought that it would only be heard once - by the people at the Retreat that year, but the reaction was bigger than I expected and I was asked to do it on the stage at the Festival that summer. I recruited Magoo, Andy Rush and Kevin Head to play it with me. Then, on the tenth anniversary of Blue Skies becoming the owner/caretaker of The Land in 2016, I was asked to do the song again on the Sunday night. Magoo and Dave Tilston joined me. By that time, I had four granddaughters there at the Festival, so the last verse was particularly poignant for me.
Thanks, Lenny (Cohen) for turning a blind eye to this blatant theft of your incredible song.”
- Gord McDiarmid (Mar. 2017)