Too Much GBS

Not long after I fell in love with Great Big Sea in 2000, I whipped up this little bit of silliness in email to my friend Kathryn. I later found a similar page elsewhere on the Net, but I am preserving mine here for posterity. So without further ado, you know you’ve been listening to too much Great Big Sea when…

  • … you inquire of your company’s Human Resources department whether “Donkey Riding” qualifies as a commuting option for which you’ll be reimbursed.
  • … you start referring to your boss as “General Taylor”.
  • … you experience a mad, passionate desire to see Newfoundland, regardless of how many timezones lie between you and that tropical isle.
  • … you introduce yourself by announcing that “I’se the b’y that builds de boat and I’se the b’y that sails her!”
  • … you start asking your local groceries to replace their stocks of Pepsi and tea with Screech.
  • … you become intimately familiar with the history of the bouzouki, but you forget what an electric guitar looks like.
  • … music begins to sound wrong to you unless it involves four-part harmony and a bodhran backbeat.
  • … your conversations feel incomplete unless you end them with the same statement with which you started them, and you rhythmically re-iterate several of your intervening points.
  • … you filk a GBS song…
  • … and people like it.
  • … you forget that Canada does, in fact, have other bands.
  • … if you are non-Canadian, you forget that your own country has bands.
  • … you do remember that there are other bands in the world, but you don’t care.
  • … you want to have four sons, just so you can name them Alan, Sean, Bob, and Darrell.
  • … you DO have four children, and you make them change their names…
  • … and your children are actually daughters.
  • … you want to have four pets, just so you can name them Bouzouki, Bodhran, Fiddle, and Whistle.
  • … you DO have four pets with those names…
  • … and you forget that they’re cats/dogs/goldfish/hamsters/rabbits/etc., and you try to play them…
  • … and you actually SUCCEED.