Bruce Cockburn: Small Source of Comfort
I’ve been a fan of B.C. since the 80’s and even though he has veered to extreme liberal tangents, he still speaks truth to power and sometime I can only glimpse nothing but a burning light. May this new album capture some of the genius of those early works I still treasure.
From NPR.ORG There are all these young people there,” he says, “and they kind of felt like my kids.”
On his way to Kandahar, Cockburn made a stop at Camp Mirage, a base run by the Canadian forces in Dubai that served as a staging area for flights to and from Afghanistan. As he waited to board his flight, a plane landed carrying the bodies of two Canadians who’d been killed that day.
“We became part of the ramp ceremony,” Cockburn says.
In “Each One Lost,” he recounts the experience: “Here come the dead boys / Moving slowly past the pipes and prayers and strained commanding voices / Each one lost is a vital part of you and me.”