The inspiring music
Just finishing the very short story How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now, an adventure of Black Mask & Pale Rider, readers will notice that there are three Stan Rogers songs I make mention of (including the Northwest Passage, that Pania and Shani sing). They are sort of sea shanties, and songs of the sea, that I found fitting (and was listening to heavily).
Firs things first, here’s a quick list of the parts to the story.
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 1
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 2
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 3
- Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now – Pt. 4
Stan Rogers was a Canadian folk musician who wrote and developed many songs that had the sound of a good sea shanty. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he would spend most of the summers of his youth visiting relatives in Nova Scotia. It was there that he learned the history and way of life in the Maritimes, which had a profound influence on his musical development. He was given his first guitar at the age of 5, and often used the Celtic sound in his music. He most often performed using a 12-string guitar. His best known works are Northwest Passage, Barrett’s Privateers, The Mary Ellen Carter, Make and Break Harbour, The Idiot, The Field Behind The Plow, Lies, Fogarty’s Cove, White Squall and Forty-five Years.
His life was cut short in 1983, when he and 22 others died of smoke inhalation on an Air Canada Flight from the Kerrville Folk Festival. The plane was forced to land in Cincinnati after a fire broke out in the cabin.
Here are the three songs that helped inspire the piece Black Mask & Pale Rider: How I Wish I Was In Sherbrooke Now.