Last month something sparked a lovely bit of nostalgia for me around the National Film Board of Canada. My family never had a TV but I do remember, on those school days that were far too close to a holiday for kids to actually be able to focus on work, the big projector (later replaced by a TV) would be wheeled in and we would spend our afternoon watching the delightful NFB short films most notably “the Cat Came Back” and the all-time favorite “the Log Driver’s Waltz.” *
Of course I had to look them all up for a current viewing and as silly as it might sound, I actually got intensely emotional while watching the “Waltz” again.
I’ve never really considered myself to be very patriotic- in fact, with dual US and Canadian citizenship by blood and birth, I’ve always seen myself as a North American rather than belonging to either country specifically. But there it was, with Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s voices coming through the speakers and flannel and toque clad loggers twirling on the screen I was struck with how sweetly, simply and honestly Canadian the film is –I was feeling serious pangs of Canadian pride! Naturally I had to do a piece to celebrate it.
As I am often haunted by unfulfilled creative projects, I’ve been waking each morning since to a head full of the “…birling down, a down white water…” so here is my homage to the great “Log Driver’s Waltz” I hope you love it as much as I do!
*For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure: The Log Driver’s Waltz is about a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a log driver over his more well-to-do, land-loving competition. Driving logs down the river has made him the best dancing partner to be found. It’s a lighthearted, animated tale based on the song The Log Driver’s Waltz by Wade Hemsworth. Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing to the music of the Mountain City Four.