Most people just speak at City Council meetings. I sang!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVQbq3YRj0Y

(Note: song starts about 3 1/2 minutes in.)

Well, it just seemed so very apropos. I was signed up to speak in support of the Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition at the public meeting on Dec. 4, where a new staff  report on ways to save heritage structures was being presented to Vancouver City Council. Just a few hours before, I was discussing this with my colleague Lorne Craig of Unicycle Creative, and somehow, I must have sang a bit of “Hooray for Hollywood”, prompting him to remark, “you should sing your comments”!

And I realized… Yes – I should!

Writing parody songs is something I do often (and, I think, not badly). And an issue like the restoration and expanded cultural use of the Hollywood Theatre is a subject that’s closely connected with the artistic creativity of the local community.

So with 30 minutes to spare before I had to head for City Hall, I got to work, with Lorne tossing out suggested phrases and me furiously typing, editing, deleting and arranging the words. Soon, I had something good! And I decided to cut my comments down a bit (but still include them, as there were important and serious points that I still wanted to make) but to end with the song.

I’m happy to say that it worked out beautifully! It brought smiles to the faces of Mayor Robertson and the councillors, and – when I finished – a rousing round of applause from the gallery. And hopefully it helped, along with the dozens of other committed, articulate and passionate speakers that day, to emphasize to Council what a cultural space like the Hollywood Theatre means – and can be – for the community.

 

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