Monday, 31 March 2008
Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe
I think I may be the last Canadian to have heard of the Vinyl Cafe and Stuart McLean's fantastic heartfelt funny stories. My friend Steve was telling me about him a while back and I made a mental note to pick up one of his books and give it a read one day. So, I did just this week. I just finished reading "Stories From The Vinyl Cafe" which I believe is the first published book of his stories. I'm now a true believer in the world of Stuart McLean. Dave and Morley are so real and so normal that one can't help but feel a kinship to them. It's really fun to read about the quirky things that happen to this seemingly normal family. What's best of all is the wee Canadianisms that are weaved into his stories. Some of it is only references that we will get. Classic really. My favorite in this particular book was the story of how Morley had to go to get her son a jock strap for hockey. Not knowing what a jock strap is, she wandered into her local Canadian Tire and asked for one. The story plays out after that in a fairly humorous manner. He broadcasts on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays and can be listened to online here. I'm going to totally start giving him a listen. Yesterday when I went to Fairs Fair to trade in more stuff, I traded for Stuart's newest book out "Secrets From The Vinyl Cafe". It's now sitting in my pile of books, and I'm totally looking forward to reading it as well. Check it out, you won't regret it, and your life will be enriched for listening to The Vinyl Cafe.