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Thread #86988   Message #1621921
Posted By: GUEST,Dan McKinnon in NS
07-Dec-05 - 09:27 AM
Thread Name: happy? – Dec 6 (Halifax Explosion)
Subject: RE: happy? – Dec 6 (Halifax Explosion)
If I can just throw my two cents worth in:

First Guest, thanks for quoting the song.

The explosion is part of my family history. My Grandmother, 94, who died on Monday, the day before the anniversary of the explosion, would always talk of it and what had happened to her and her family when the date came around. Her stories are in my blood. They lived in the city's north end which was hardest hit by the explosion. At that time her dad was over in Belgium fighting in WWI. Luckily she was home sick from school and was spared the worst of it as she might have been one of the many school children blinded from looking at the two ships burning in the harbour. (Apparently the teachers had a difficult time getting them away from the windows.) She had several horrific tales about her and her family's experiences but they always helped give us a sense of who we are. It was mostly because of and for my grandmother that I wrote Remember Me.

I have also heard that a wonderful song was written about the explosion by Chuck Hall simply called Halifax. He can be found at www.hallfolk.com

There is another here in Halifax who has written several pieces about the explosion and he performs them with many musicians locally in Halifax near the date of the explosion - Dave Stone: www.thenewfoundation.ca/view.php?pid=493

There have also been many books written about the explosion by Janet Kitz, (all first hand accounts,) as well as the fabulously written fictional tale by Hugh MacLennan called Barometer Rising.

So there's much out there and much to be thankful for.

Sorry for rambling,

Dan