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Tuesday 28 Mar 2017

Ron Hynes RIP
David Simmonds

I would like to add my voice to those mourning the passing of Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, on 19 November 2015.. He was 64 and, indeed, a national treasure.

I took a song-writing course from Ron a few years ago and his advice has stayed with me. A song has to have a point of view, he said, and should aim to say one thing and say it as well as your imagination can take it, however unusual the outcome. By way of example, his song “A Good Dog is Lost,” on YouTube, captures the poignancy of the search for a lost dog. When Ron sings the voice of the dog, he barks, convincingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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