- Contest: CBC’s Searchlight
- Contestant: Sooke’s Gord Phillips (CBC profile)
- Song: Sooke Hiway, listen below
- You can vote for him here. Daily. Until April 13.
One of Sooke’s bands has entered CBC’s Searchlight contest in their “hunt for Canada’s Best New Artists.”
Gord “I need to play” Phillips, local musician, wrote on his Facebook page, that he has entered a contest, and he needs community support!
“I have entered the CBC searchlight contest,” he writes. “Sooke Hiway is the song i have chosen. The voting for the first round goes until April 13. You are able to vote once per day. If you like the song please vote daily.”
Besides making a religion of music, Gord Phillips drives a school bus for SD62 (Mr Gord Bus 11) and volunteers as an Otter Point Firefighter.
Here is the song
The inspiration for the song, Sooke Hiway.
The road with many a story to tell. …
The day I wrote this song was a stormy day, the winter of 2006. That year experienced some of the worst weather on record. I went to leave for work in the morning and ended up blocked about two kilometres down the road by a tree down. I proceeded home to get my surf gear since I couldn’t go to work and headed back out the opposite direction and was blocked again by trees down. Just a side note. Our power was out for 15 days that year. Thanks costco generator. (Wrote a song about that generator too but that’s another story) when I realized that the road was blocked in both directions I drove up my driveway and went into the house. I remember sitting in the living room looking out the window inspired by the true awe of a west coast winter. Me being an Ontario born settler to the west just added to the amazement. That Sooke Hiway right in front of me. No traffic. No power. The silence was beautiful. We never hear that in this technical revolution. At that moment I realize a thousand stories all at once about the road that gave me a job, food, life, leisure, excitement. How many others could tell their tale of this little, rather humble stretch of pavement (which is full of shock snapping dips in it on your way to Port Renfrew ). Sooke to Port Renfrew was a boom town atmosphere fifty plus years ago. The tree stumps in my back forrest are old growth. Logged many many years ago. I thought of them using the road to transport massive trees to help build Victoria.
So many times I would drive down the road and see flowers in memory of a loved one. Then they would sit wilted till they magically were new again. So many thoughts and emotions.
When you are new here friends tend to take you to all the cool spots and the Sooke Hiway is the path to many of these amazing places. Being enlightened to the beauty of this world.
After thinking of all the history and history making this road was and will be. I only felt it fitting to pay oh mag in a song. With a train driving rhythm that makes you wanna crank it and drive the Sooke Hiway.
– Gord Phillips
Like it? You can vote for him here. Daily.
About Gord Phillips
Early music life for me. My first guitar was from my dad. A Framous Acoustic. Got it when I was eight I think. I have not stopped since. Shows like The Muppets and The Carol Burnett Show gave me a glimpse of what it was like to be a performer. I loved to spend hours looking at album covers and listening to the content.
My very first personnel connection that was all mine had to be the day I brought home garbage from the dump. It was an old eight track player that was on the pile we were putting our own garbage. The machine came with a tape. It was Bob Segers’ Night Moves. Felt so good to have my own thing to play music on. Music has that way with us as listeners. We get to find these gems that feel as if you are the only one that knows about it. Like when we all find out someone else wrote those early Rolling Stones and led Zepplin songs. It’s called the blues baby.
That’s why I like to say “music is my religion” it helps when I’m sad and lets me display an array of thoughts and emotions.
I built a cob oven with my kids last year. It was an amazing experience to connect with another part of life that brings us together. Similar to music. Stomping on sand, clay and straw with your kids, making cob is one of the most satisfying things I have done in my life. In prep of building the oven I did research online, in books and listening to what people had to say about the process. In a national geographic issue there was a piece on ancient building with massive stones. I decided then to build the base from stone on my land. Felt very grounded through the whole process.
I have cooked everything from pizza to pull pork slow cooking all night to oatmeal raisin cookies that have just the right amount of crunchy outside soft in the middle goodness.
Brings out the ancient being in oneself.
I have also written a song for the Sooke School District 62 called The Restitution Song.
Sooke Elemetary music teacher Reese Pugh has been teaching the song to every student in the school. We will be performing it on Music Monday, May 4 in Sooke BC.
Poirier Elementary and Saseenos Elementary have also asked me to teach the song to all their students.
I had no idea writing a song for kids about making good respectful decisions would turn out to be one of my happiest accomplishments.
Now I just have to play it with almost three hundred kindergarten to Grade 5 kids on May 4. More nerves than playing at a bar.
– Gord Phillips
If you want to support him with the CBC contest, you can vote for him here. Daily.
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