Completely Creedence

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Excited concert goers set the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre abuzz with expectant energy. Completely Creedence,a Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) tribute band was about to hit the stage.

A high percentage of young attendees at this event—well, at least we were young when Creedence Clearwater Revival was in their heyday. With the first drum beat, the first chord, the first riff, we returned to our youths and began rocking to the performance.

Completely Creedence features an energetic Jamie Robertson on vocals and rhythm guitar, Pat Steward on drums, Murray Atkinson on lead guitar and Todd Smiley on bass. It’s remarkable how reminiscent of CCR their performance was.

Period photos displayed in the background added a dimension to the performance that is difficult to describe unless you lived them. Some created warm recollections of a simpler time. Images of peace-loving folks at Woodstock created warm recollections of a simpler, socially accepting desire by so many.

Others were stark reminders of the social battles being waged at the time. Powerful, striking journalistic views of the Viet Nam war and the 1971 Vietnam veterans protest of the ongoing war, “We Won't Fight Another Rich Man's War”* gave harsh reminders that all was not well in the world

We Won't Fight Another Rich Man's War

*not sure who to credit for the B&W war protest image.

*not sure who to credit for the B&W war protest image.

Sadly, much of what was being protested during this era has remained or returned to haunt us again.

John Fogerty’s lyrics brought (bring) joy, pain and heartfelt emotions to the listener as they cover events and social issues of the day. Listening to CCR brings life of this moment in time.

Fortunate Son tells of the everyday boy being drafted.

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer "More! More! More!" yoh

while the beautiful piece, Wrote a Song For Everyone, discusses difficulties in communication.

Wrote a song for everyone
Wrote a song for truth.
Wrote a song For everyone
Wrote a song For everyone
And I couldn't even talk to you.

There was so much more that it can't be covered in a simple blog post.ll in all it was highly entertaining, emotionally moving, wonderful evening. Thanks, Completely Creedence for carrying on the music, and the message.

If you get a chance to see Completely Creedence, do yourself a favour and enjoy.

Norm Hamilton

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