Dave Parker & Friends
Dave Parker

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Musicians

Dave Parker - vocals, saxophone

Tena Palmer - back vocals

Greg Simm - guitar

Brian Johnston - piano

Pete Johnston - bass, guitar

Andy Stewart - drums

Dan Boyd, Trina Norman, Dave Hunter - (conversation about hockey)

 

The History Lesson

The earliest documented evidence concerning the origins of ice hockey show that the first game of hockey was most likely played on Long Pond in Windsor, Nova Scotia in the early 1800’s.  “Hockey Was Invented By A Nova Scotian” tells the story of how Nova Scotians invented, developed and then shared their passion with the rest of Canada and the World.

The Songwriting

In composing "Hockey Was Invented By A Nova Scotian", I had a chance tell a story that is deserving of much wider recognition.  No one is 100% sure where and how it all began but I have a pretty good hunch (and certain artifacts show) that it was in my hometown of Windsor, Nova Scotia.

I wrote the majority of the song while driving back to Quebec City from Nova Scotia in May, 2011.  The day before leaving, I dropped in on an old friend Jim Ivey.  He filled me in on what was going on around Windsor and mentioned his involvement with the Hockey Heritage Society.  This was the spark I needed and the rest is history. 

“Hockey Was Invented By A Nova Scotian” is actually my second attempt at writing the ultimate hockey theme (ha!) The first attempt was "Hockey in Heaven" (recorded by Jig's Up!).  It tells the story about how up in heaven, there is a game of hockey that is going on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

The Recording Project

The other great aspect of this project was getting re-aquainted with some musician friends from Nova Scotia!  This project was realized through the wonders of our virtual world.  We were never together in the same room, or town for that matter.  This song was recorded in:  Falmouth, Windsor, Dartmouth, Quebec City, Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Toronto and Saskatoon.  All the musicians either live or have grown-up in Nova Scotia!  I should mention that everyone has donated their musical talents to this recording.  In return I have promised liquid refreshments…for the time being!

My original idea was to get Brian Johnston (my high school music teacher, good friend and golfing buddy) to play piano on the song.  Brian agreed and suggested his son Pete Johnston might be interested in playing bass.  Peter (who resides in Toronto) did a wonderful job with the bass tracks and added some guitar work.  Greg Simm co-bandmember of “Thud” (we were 13-years old at the time!) recorded a ripping guitar solo from somewhere in Saskatoon and added a rhythm track once back in Dartmouth.  Up until now, everything was done with GarageBand (a MacIntosh music recording program). 

The back vocals were done by Tena Palmer (famous Canadian jazz singer).  Tena and I went to university together.  She also sings on “The Blue Wall” by the Trio David Parker (my jazz project)  It was great to hear her “rock-out” on this tune!  Andy Stewart is not only a great drummer but he listens to a heck of a lot of music and was an excellent source for Paul and I throughout the recording and mixing.  He spent some of his formative years in Goshen, Nova Scotia so he qualified for the project.   Finally, Dan Boyd, Trina Norman and Dave Hunter of the Hockey Heritage Society in Windsor provided some animated discussion on the history of hockey that was used as a background towards the end of the song.  The lead vocal and saxophone parts were recorded in my basement here in Quebec City.

Paul Hinton (music and teaching companion) is the recording engineer.  He provided a wave of positive energy and answered a wave of questions that I threw his way during this project. 

Jim Ivey, an old friend who recently moved back to Windsor, recorded the “animated discussion” on his iPhone.

 

Dave Parker’s Bio

Dave Parker was born and raised in Windsor, Nova Scotia where he learned to skate and play the wonderful game of hockey on the many ponds that surround this historic town.  He left Windsor in the early 1980’s to seek musical pursuits in Toronto and Montreal (Shuffle Demons, Jig’s Up!, Trio David Parker, Sax-o-Matic)  Eventually he settled in Quebec City where he continues to perform, teach and compose music.  He still plays hockey every Thursday night! 

Photos

 Jim Ivey and Emilie Parker

Lyrics

                                                                                                 

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

That hockey was invented by……. a Nova Scotian

 

Down in Windsor, Nova Scotia a long time ago

Around 1800, so the legend goes

Some students got together and said wouldn’t it be nice

To take the game of hurley and play it on ice

 

They put on their boots and strapped on their blades

Little did they know that history would be made

Picked up their sticks and the game was on

The first game of hockey was played on Long Pond

 

 (chorus)

Hockey is Canadian, we all agree

And if you could look back, I think you might see

Boys on Long Pond with blades on their boots

Ready to tell you about hockey and its roots!

 

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

That hockey was invented by a proud Nova Scotian

 

Now we created the nets and the design of the stick

And a disc slid better on a frozen crick

What those early pucks were made of, you might not want to know

But you find them in the fields where the green grass grows

 

Now rules were made as they developed the game

Wintertime in Nova Scotia would never be the same

Thomas Haliburton wrote it all down

How hockey was invented in a Nova Scotian town

 

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

That hockey was invented by a proud Nova Scotian

 

Nova Scotians like to share, I guess it’s our way

So after we invented it, we showed them how to play

Down in Boston, Kingston, even Montreal

Everyone was playing hockey and having a ball!

 

(chorus)

Now hockey is Canadian, we all agree

And if you take a look back, I think you might see

Boys on Long Pond with blades on their boots

Ready to tell you about hockey and its roots!

 

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

That hockey was invented by… a Nova Scotian

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

That hockey was invented by a proud Nova Scotian

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

That hockey was invented by… a Nova Scotian

 

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

Hockey was invented by a proud Nova Scotian,

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

Hockey was invented by a proud Nova Scotian

No one knows for sure but I got a good notion

Hockey was invented by a proud Nova Scotian

Dave Parker
2015
Dave Parker

Story

Musicians

Dave Parker - vocals

Yvan Fortin - guitar

Dan Godro - keyboards

Harold Boivin - bass

Andy Stewart - drums

 

Recorded at Harold's studio!

 

Lyrics

Lyrics

 

It’s a cold Winter’s day in my hometown

The lake’s froze over so they say

A kid walks by, with his hockey stick

There’s shinny down on the pond today

 

I grab my stick and I grab my skates

Pull on my tuque and I’m out the door

Gotta love life here in Canada

This is what god made our Winters for.

 

CHORUS

 

Just above the planet Earth

Almost heaven some might say

That’s how we feel when playing hockey

I’ll play this game till I’m old and grey

 

Throw in your stick for another game

Everyone here wants to play some more

Young kids dream of being Sidney Crosby

Old guys, still thinkin’ that they’re  Bobby Orr

 

Cheeks are red and toes are frozen

People think that we’re insane

But once you’ve had a taste of hockey

You can’t stop playing this crazy game

 

Someone asked me if we’re winning

I told her I don’t really know the score

She said “You look like you’ve played a lot of hockey”

I said “I hope to play a whole lot more”

 

CHORUS

 

Just above the planet Earth

Almost heaven some might say

That’s how we feel when playing hockey

Gonna play this game till I’m old and grey

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