There is a song by the great band Talking Heads called “Heaven” and you should hear it. The best version I’ve found is here, with a haunting female harmony behind David Byrne’s powerful and emotional voice. If you’ve never heard it, read the lyrics first, before playing the song.
Here’s the thing about Heaven. Alone, the lyrics are unspectacular and the thrust of the song appears dull. Without the other elements, the melody is pleasant but subtle. Tina Weymouth’s bass line is fabulous but understated. Byrne plays a lovely acoustic guitar, nothing fancy, just carries the tune forward. The lead vocal is David Byrne factual, there’s emotion but nothing close to his frantic self. Only the harmony soars.
What makes the song, all of it, is the combination of all elements brought together in a powerful ballad. “Heaven” really isn’t one of their 20 best songs, but it’s one of my favourites, has been since I heard it over 40 years ago. Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens. Only a Talking Heads fan would smile at that line.
When a hockey team works really well, like the early 1970’s Bruins or 1980’s Oilers, there are so many parts that work in unison to drive success. It’s talent, experience, hard work, precision. Edmonton’s top talents have it all figured out, they soar like majestic eagles. It’s the rest of the roster, the sixes and sevens and nines, who must come together and create something more than their individual talents imply.
Training camp is just around the corner, the fans will soon take their seats, then lights, camera, action. Hockey season, hope and heartbreak, are just ahead.
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Barring injury, these are your 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers, save unsigned Kailer Yamamoto. The forwards are a fine group, Edmonton should score enough goals to outrun the mistakes many nights this winter. A third consecutive post-season berth seems likely. Ideally Evan Bouchard moves up the depth chart during the season and I’m still wondering about the goaltending, but that probably gets solved via trade.
I expect we’ll see a defenseman (Michael Stone gets mentioned by the rights-holder media) and do wonder about Alex Chiasson as an insurance policy for the Yamamoto situation.
Edmonton needs an emerging defender (like Samorukov) to take a big step forward and force his way into the top-six and would also be blessed if one of the bubbling under goaltenders delivered strong play and forced a recall.
I expect we’ll be getting the full rookie roster in the next few days, more names likely to filter in. There are a few players on the distant bells list (Konovalov, Broberg, Holloway) who could play in the NHL this season.
I forgot to include this yesterday like a dummy, and it’s an interesting piece from Byron Bader at HockeyProspecting.com. It’s a fun site and gives us a range of possibilities for this player. Most of the names represent a home run based on where he was chosen, but Tullio should have gone earlier (I had him No. 53 overall in 2020).
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy, fun morning on the Lowdown, we get rolling at 10 on TSN1260. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will join me to talk about Dylan Holloway and the Oilers drafting record over the last decade. At 10:40, Joe Osborne from OddsSharks drops in to talk NFL Week One, CFL coming into view and baseball’s best bets down the stretch. Author Dan Gallagher will join us at 11 to talk about Larry Walker and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!