Standing up for our other national anthem
That Charleston beat makes a tune that's proper on its surface saucy in the middle
PAUL WELLS | June 11, 2008 |
"We used to introduce the tune by getting people to stand for 'our national anthem,' " Underhill said. "On European tours, people would totally buy it until Stich broke into the hockey commentary. 'This is Canada's national anthem? Oh.' "
Underhill and the other Demons eventually met Claman and gave her a Demons hockey jersey. It was an important meeting for anyone who wanted to play her tune professionally. "She was sweet and nice and she has somebody working for her who's a lawyer and that's all I have to say," Underhill said.
Claman and her lawyer had a good week. So did everyone who writes music for a living in Canada. The two I spoke to don't begrudge Claman her big, belated payday. "It gives me hope," Christine Jensen said, "that a woman could write something for a male-dominated milieu like that."