I've been following your career since Bye Bye Blues came out. It was an absolute thrill to attend the Bye Bye Blues reunion concert in Edmonton back in 2001 and an even bigger thrill to meet you after the show. Congratulations on your most recent album. Love it and have downloaded in from itunes.
I read recently in the Province about the efforts you and your husband made to revive Bye Bye Blues. The amateur psychologist in me suspects there were times when you both wondered why you were going to this effort and expense. Let me explain why it was important, not just to you two. My wife and I are Vancouverites. In 1988 I joined the RCMP and by 1989 I had dragged her off to my first posting in Northern Alberta. That year we saw Bye Bye Blues and it resonated with us for many reasons. A member of my family had been killed in India fighting the Japanese in WW2, and so the scenes there were of great interest. My daughter was born in Alberta, and so the images of Daisy returning to this very cold prairie landscape were very familiar. I was, at that time patrolling farms just like the one in the film and many of the farmers I met had left those farms during the war to serve as “Will” did in the movie.
Years later we returned to Vancouver, where I still work with the RCMP. Another film made during that era that also had an impact on us was “Getting Married in Buffalo Jump”. It took some effort to track it down and buy a DVD version of it. Last year I had mentioned to my wife that I would love to see Bye Bye Blues again with a thought that it would remind us of our early trials and tribulations in Alberta, and of course we would also (again) enjoy the story and the great music. I was stunned that I couldn't find it anywhere, at all, in any format. I thought at first I was doing something wrong in my search, but apparently not! Anyway, thanks both of you for your efforts, at bringing back an important movie. Movies and music make a positive difference to all of us in our every day lives.
P.S. And yes I bought it on iTunes yesterday.
Thank you so much for sharing. It is an absolute Canadian gem of a movie.
hey Rebecca,its been a while,...I'm happy to hear with an ear to the"ground" of your successes in what ever projects you you do esp of course your singer recording and live performances.most news I've heard has been from old t.o. music pals,anyways if you have a general Facebook/ newsletter,I'd like to join that lucky club! I'm writing lots and could use a few collaborators especially in torch ballad stuff.all the best.mike
HAPPY BIRTHDAY girlfriend!
Just a little hello from my garden 7 miles fr Lytton. You and your husband stopped by about 6 years ago and i gave you some irises. We are watching Wilby Wonderful right now . FUN. Have a great day!
I do indeed remember you and the irises! Thank you again for giving them to us and for your hospitality. The irises are well and thriving in our back yard. A very fond memory. All the very best to you both.
Hello beautiful Rebecca: Karen(the blonde publicist) from Duke Street Records... and so long ago. I remember your beauty and warmth. And your talent as Jane Siberry's back up singer as well as the start of your film career which, when I heard the news, was overjoyed.
I've been living in New Mexico for 24 years and I'm a book publicist. It was so good to Google you and find out all you've been up to. Carry on you wonderful human being. Much love,
Hi Karen! I hope you got my email saying hello back:)
I remember YOU very well-not an easy person to forget-your beauty, kindness and cheer. Thank you for saying hi and I really do hope our paths cross once again.
So good to hear back from you. I hope your career is thriving and that you are in a good place in your life. Every once in awhile, I catch a glimpse of you in a movie (film & made for TV). I always remember your beauty, friendliness and wonderful nature.
I'm a big fan of your voice! And acting chops! My best to you, Karen
I may end up back in Toronto--lots of reasons to want to stay here in the Land of Enchantment but there are more pressing matters that mean I may return to T.O.
Hi Karen, I hope everything is ok regarding the move back to Toronto. I wish you so well.
Wonderful website, Rebecca! ❤️❤️❤️
Hello, my darling sister! I was just thinking back with huge appreciation to the times I would hear you playing beautiful songs you were constantly writing; some of them, of course, would make me cry! And darn it, you just did it again with Pulling In The Lines. Thanks for the great music, Rebecca! ❤️❤️❤️ Lucia
Lucia you ol' softy!!♡ What a sweet thing to tell me on YOUR birthday. I am truly blessed to have such a sister as you. And such a fantastic songwriting sister!
I recently re-discovered Bye Bye Blues on CBC and taped it.
I will keep it forever!
Rebecca, you were the star of a perfect, sparkling little diamond of a movie that will live forever and should be more widely available.
Among the endless delights for me, the most heart warming were the themes and scenes evocative of the rural prairies during WW II. I was a young lad at the time and the mood of those times was captured so well that it makes my heart ache.
Thanks again - and a huge thanks to Anne Wheeler as well.