Murrant’s Rant: DST (Dog Standard Time)

Originally Published on November 5, 2015   What do Arizona, Hawaii and my dog all have in common? Give up? None of them observe Daylight Saving Time. I think they’re onto something. For them, it’s business as usual year round. In fact, four-fifths of the Earth’s humans, and five-fifths of the non-humans, don’t […]

Murrant’s Rant: Realification

Originally Published on January 27, 2016   I didn’t think it was really a word. I thought I had stumbled upon one of those rare, original ideas. I called it “Walmartification.” It was the only word I could think of to sum up my feelings about the mass availability of consumer goods, the […]

Murrant’s Rant: The Bay of Absurdity

Originally Published on September 10, 2015 The Cape Breton Star –    I’m not an economist.  I guess that’s why the logic behind the Nova Star Ferry eludes me.  As you may have read recently in the news, we (taxpayers) are well on our way to spending $13-million this year to keep the Nova Star […]

Room 101

“George Orwell’s 1984 has always been a favorite of mine. Michael Radford’s 1984 adaptation is a masterpiece.  So in 1992, with a room full of synthesizers and samplers and a clunky old Atari 1040 computer, I produced this.  It’s pure, early 1990’s techno – really dated by today’s standards – but I still love it.  Some […]

Lost Myself

Lost Myself by Glen Murrant“September 11, 2001 was a day that defies description. I wasn’t even in the US at the time, but I watched the whole thing unfold live on TV.  When the second plane hit the tower, I knew the world would never be the same – we, as a society, would never […]

Human (parts 1 & 2)

“I’ve always gravitated toward the slower, quieter sounds – piano, brushed drums, marimba, fat synth pads with a slow attack.  I had written about fifteen different sets of lyrics for ‘Human’ but none of them added anything to the music – in fact, they all seemed to detract from it. Maybe some day I’ll find […]

The Mur-RANT: patient patients

Last week I spent over four hours in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital ER with my son – and finally left without ever having seen a doctor. But we weren’t alone. There were eight patients waiting to see a doctor when I arrived at 7:30pm that evening. During my 4.5 hour wait, only two patients […]

Murrant’s Rant: Are You Kidding Me?

If you ever wondered why Nova Scotians are among the highest taxed people in the WORLD, look no further. The Nova Scotia government spent $73-million to make back $16.5-million – a net loss of more than $56-million. Over four years our government will have spent $73-million in hard-earned, taxpayer dollars to keep the passenger ferry running between […]