Swimmer of the Great Lakes

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I saw Great Lake Swimmers last night at Trinity-St.Paul’s Church. A wonderful person, Eli Singer, graced me with free tickets, and reserved seating.

GLS left me with tears in my eyes, bumps on my skin, and chills down my spine. Mind blowing, to say the least.

They played my favourite songs Your Rocky Spine, There is a Light, and Changing Colours. But it is Concrete Heart that resonated with me long after I left the church. I hadn’t listened to it with a focus on the lyrics until Tony Dekker explained that is was a song he wrote after being asked to write about Toronto Architecture for a compilation album. They make Toronto landmarks sound so beautiful.

This was the centre of the world for me once
Where I saw “I love you” all over the place
And that was where the Stones played once
And these are the bricks that shattered my heart

This is the place where I felt
Like the world’s tallest self-supporting tower
At least for a little while anyway

Hiding out in the subway system
Hanging out in the library system
You made me feel like a harbour
And you made me feel like a fortress

This is the place where I felt
Like the world’s tallest self-supporting tower
Or maybe number two
At least for a little while anyway

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