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Skating On Rideau Ice
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This is an Ottawa song about skating on the Rideau Canal. On Aug. 5 1982, I wrote the first part of this song in my sleep, in a dream, about Melanie. I woke up and wrote it down. The second part was written as I walked home after dancing with Wild Ni
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Pop - Adult Contemporary
Charts #23 in subgenre today (peak #6)
Previous peak charts position #43
Patrick T. Connolly
Patrick T. Connolly
October 13, 2007
MP3 2.1 MB
128 kbps bitrate
2:15 minutes
Story behind the song
Skating On Rideau Ice - Notes and my life's story The picture is of Linda Delacolle skating on the Rideau Canal with me. On Aug. 5 1982, I wrote the first part of this song in my sleep, in a dream, about Melanie. I woke up and jotted it down. The second part was written as I walked home after dancing with "Wild Nicole" (not to be confused with Nicole C. from the Co-op). Melanie is in Nicole's part of the song and Nicole is in Melanie's. The people on verse 2 are all those that I skated on the canal with. Of the dozen other Ottawa songs, "Skating On Ice'' is 'the Ottawa song' I wrote while living there. When I crossed most of Canada in 1987 on the "You Won't Like Most of it [Busking] Tour'', I played it and realized that it was one of my stronger songs. For me in Vancouver, the summer of 1987 never ended as there was little snow, the year turned into 1988. I missed Ottawa and winter. Over-viewing things, in my Vancouver amendments to the song, I thought to specify the people and places and make it truly into an Ottawa song, naming all the people I skating with on the Rideau Canal. Now, I forget who some of the people are, so here is a list; (March 1, 2003) Linda D. was an Ottawa University student who was form Montreal. She is the woman in the picture above. (I took the picture.) Jennifer worked at the Department of Northern Affairs across the river from Ottawa in Hull, Quebec, where I worked for a time. Somehow I skated with her, not on the Rideau Canal, but on some ice in (close enough) Hull. Kim was Tom (see 'I'm Not A Car Drivin' Nerd' above) Pirosok's ex-girlfriend and my only date with her was skating. She never thought skating would be a good date because she only had one good leg. Sally was a friend of Kim and Tom's. Melanie was a very clever Toronto girl who studied linguistics at Ottawa University. I took her middle name and wrote (with L. R.) my eighth Ottawa song, 'Yes, Alicesandra' (#389), to her. I also followed her example and studied linguistics. Francine was her best friend. Spider was a school teacher who turned to busking. Being a school teacher was good experience for busking. I never skated with him on the Rideau Canal but he was sometimes busking out on the canal ice. Maybe experience being a busker is good experience for being a school teacher. In the early 80's I lived my happy days in a Co-op house on Sweetland Ave. with four other people. They moved in and out over the years. From the Co-op house I went out skating on the Rideau Canal with P.K., Solomon, Diane, and Liz at one time or another. P.K. still works for Environment Canada. As well as skating, on the Rideau Canal in winter, P. K. and I also went canoeing on it one summer day. Solomon became a medical doctor in Montreal, I think. Jacob was a friend of one of the girls, who I lived with, whose name I can't remember. We saw more of her friends than we did of her. Andrew R. Miller was my room mate after the Co-op house went bust and we moved next door. He studied the double base at Ottawa University. His father is a noted composer and Professor in New Brunswick. Andrew went back to New Brunswick and was playing with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Now Andrew Miller is the principal bass in Symphony NB and teaches at U. de Moncton. "Miller has written music for orchestra, dance, chamber music, film, theatre and performance art. Andrew founded Motion Ensemble in 1998." This information is from their web site at; http://www.motionensemble.com/ Nick B., a fellow music student of Andrew's, lived below us. Bassoonist Berry N. was friends with both of them. Berry and Nick taught me how to play 'go,' a handy skill here in Japan. Nick reverts to his Ukrainian name 'Mykola'. He gave up the piano to concentrate his energies on flowering Ottawa. Recently he has been studying French in Paris, France. He has been in Paris since about 2002. P. T. C. Written By Patrick Thomas Connolly - Copyright 2003. Written Aug. 5, 1982, April 30, Sept. 21, 1983 and Sept. 21, 1985, in Ottawa, Ontario. Feb. 17 & 18, March 31 and April 4, 1988 in Vancouver, B. C. Typed, April 11, 1994 & Sept. 7, 1994 in London, Ontario. Arranged August 8, 2005 & Programmed August 25, 1998 & August 21, 2006, in Urayasu, Japan. Posted on my wed page c. 1998. Skating On Ice - Written and preformed by Patrick T. Connolly. This simple take (one of 2) was recorded on August 22 & 23, 2006. Midi file 11 was used on one track and a guitar track and a vocal track were added. The other take was made using Midi file 10 which is just piano. 3 tracks were recorded on a Roland VS-840EX 8 track - Another new Optical Mix was made October 8 & 13, 2007.
Lyrics
4th song of the '80s Skating On Rideau Ice - Lyrics ╬╝sic by Patrick Thomas Connolly (#385) Well we are taking the off the day. We are taking the time to go out and play. We are skating on canal ice. - yit d' deet yit It doesn't matter about cold weather. It's warm skating with you. I'm telling you here in daylight. You've got me to feeling all right. Nicole, there's not much time to go 'till we pick wild berries in Gatineau. So for now, just skate on Rideau Ice, yit d' deet yit d' deet Linda, Jennifer, Kim, Sal 'n' Spider, P.K. Jacob 'n' Liz, Sol, Nick, Andreoooo 'n' Berry, Diane, Francine 'n' Melanie. We haven't got much to say. Just pass our time away. Skating on Rideau ice. - yit d' deet yit It doesn't matter About cold weather. It's warm skating with you. I'm telling you here in daylight. You've got me to feeling all right. Written By Patrick Thomas Connolly - Copyright 2003. Written Aug. 5, 1982, April 30, Sept. 21, 1983 and Sept. 21, 1985, in Ottawa, Ontario. Feb. 17 & 18, March 31 and April 4, 1988 in Vancouver, B. C. Typed, April 11, 1994 & Sept. 7, 1994 in London, Ontario. Arranged August 8, 2005 & Programmed August 25, 1998 & August 21, 2006, in Urayasu, Japan. Posted on my wed page c. 1998.
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