Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away last night (October 17) following a battle with brain cancer, and tributes of all forms have been pouring in. But as Feist did upon news of Downie's diagnosis last year, his friend and fellow musician has covered one of the Hip vocalist's songs in tribute.
Feist has shared her own rendition of Downie's "The Stranger," the opening track from his 2016 solo album Secret Path. Her voice and acoustic guitar are complemented by a wordless, looping vocal soundscape, which you can hear in the player below.
"I send out this song with love, respect and gratitude in honour of Gord's generosity of spirit," Feist wrote on Twitter. "I admired so much his honest way of communicating what he saw and the courage and conviction he searched with. Thankyou, and I love you."
I send out this song with love, respect and gratitude in honour of Gord's generosity of spirit. I admired so much his honest way of communicating what he saw and the courage and conviction he searched with.— Feist (@FeistMusic) October 18, 2017
Thankyou, and I love you.https://t.co/ynHAv6F5gX
With Secret Path, Downie educated listeners on Canada's history with residential schools. The LP, accompanying graphic novel and TV special tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, an indigenous boy who died trying to escape a residential school in 1967 near Kenora, ON.
Upon the news of Downie's diagnosis last May, Feist covered the Tragically Hip's "Flamenco." Hear her rendition of "The Stranger" in the player below.
Pick up the Secret Path deluxe vinyl and book combo via MusicVaultz.