Media Beat: April 03, 2020

Today's column is a series of mostly unconnected videos about life, people, the infamous and people who just choose to make us laugh.

Media Beat: April 03, 2020

By David Farrell

Today's column is a series of mostly unconnected videos about life, people, the infamous and people who just choose to make us laugh. It is a column that consciously or unconsciously tries to avoid the pandemic of news alerts, the torrent of updates, and bullhorn warnings about life in Q1, 2020. It is a collection of videos that I suppose reflect my own reaction to being penned up, cloistered, cut off from social engagement and threatened with quarantine.

It is a column that mostly makes light of our situation and challenges the myth that this is the worst thing to ever happen. As my 96-year-old mother likes to tell me, 'I lived through the war, I have seen and heard this all before and lived through it'.


Today, against better judgement, I will take the TTC to visit her in her confined solitude, cook up a breakfast, converse with her and try to be strong as even she becomes increasingly concerned about her sons and daughters as the TV blasts out a punchbag of troubling stories about these dark months we live through as winter ebbs and the days grow longer and the sunshine brings life back to the frozen earth.

Maybe it is time for newscasts and media in general to take a pause and look on the bright side of life.

Hope -- Klaatu

Mike Myers salutes Sean Connery in a kilt

Dr. Evil gets fired from the Trump cabinet

Donald Trump: The making of a President

Tim Minchin: Some People Have It Worse Than I

Tom Lehrer - We Will All Go Together When We Go

James Cordon and Eric Idle look on the bright side of …

Phil Ochs - There But For Fortune

Admiral McRaven on how to change the world

Fuck All The Perfect People - Chip'Taylor & The New Ukrainians

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Tanya Tagaq Plays a Pivotal Role in 'True Detective' Season Finale

The Inuk artist provides vocals for the HBO series' soundtrack, and her song "Submerged" scores a pivotal moment in the season finale, in which she appears as an actress.

The new season of True Detective wrapped up this weekend, and timed with the tense final episode, HBO also released the show's gripping soundtrack. Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq, one of the most celebrated contemporary musicians in Canada, contributed to seven songs on the soundtrack as well as making appearances in the show herself.

Subtitled Night Country, the fourth season of the HBO detective show takes place in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska. It stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, two police officers trying to figure out how the recent bizarre deaths of six scientists are linked to the murder of Iñupiaq activist Annie Kowtok. Through its mystery framing, the show explores themes like colonial violence, environmental destruction, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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