Clay’s Canucks Compositions: The Music of 2013

Superstars: Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao
Superstars: Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao

One of the ways I express my love for the Vancouver Canucks is by composing songs about the team.  It started back in 2010 when I put together my first Canucks Christmas Carol and over the past three years I’ve written 10 songs that have combined for over 92,000 hits on YouTube.

For 2013, I put together 4 songs:

  • Season of Cup (Our Team, Our Way) – January; 9,300 views on YouTube
  • Under John Tortorella – June; 46,500 views on YouTube
  • Against All Odds (Luongo’s Lament) – October; 4,500 views on YouTube
  • Last Christmas – December; 3,600 views on YouTube

 

A few quick facts:

-the four videos total 64,000 views on YouTube
-they’ve been featured on CTV, Global TV, the Huffington Post, Beat 94.5, Team 1040, Vancity Buzz, Canucks.com, and more
Marie Hui was gracious enough to appear in all 4 videos, while Arielle Tuliao was in 3 of them.  I know where my views are coming from – no one wants to see a middle-aged guy playing the piano.

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2013 Canucks Christmas Carol: Last Christmas

Marie, Clay, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T
Marie, Clay, Joseph, Kevin, Pat G, Arielle, and Pat T

It’s that time of year again: time for our 4th annual Canucks Christmas Carol!

Our song this year is inspired by Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.  We lament the lockout of last Christmas and look at the most important elements of this year’s team:  Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, the Sedins, and head coach John Tortorella.

This year I’m joined by Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Joseph San Jose, Pat Guevara, Pat Teodosio, and our favourite foreign exchange student Kevin who somehow always finds his way to my place to be in these videos.  In fact, both Joseph and Kevin have been in all 4 Canucks Christmas Carols!

Speaking of which, you can watch the previous 3 Canucks Christmas Carols here.

Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas!

Canucks Christmas Carols

Every year, my friends and I get into the holiday spirit by singing about our Vancouver Canucks.  You’ll see some common themes throughout the years:  catchy tunes, good creativity, and our foreign exchange student.  Together, the videos have a combined 10,000 views.

Here’s a look at the videos we’ve done over the years:

2012:  This Christmas

With the NHL lockout, we actually didn’t have any hockey to sing about.  But we made due and came up with our version of the Donny Hathaway classic.

 

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Cheerleaders, Shepherds and Cowboys

With Bishop Mark Hagemoen
With Bishop Mark Hagemoen

This post also appears on Canadian Youth Worker.

This past Sunday, I was blessed to travel to Yellowknife for the episcopal ordination of my friend and mentor Mark Hagemoen as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie – Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories.  It was a whirlwind of a day as we flew out on a chartered plane from Vancouver at 7am and arrived back by 9:30pm Sunday evening.

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