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Rick Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Rick Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Rick Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

He is also a columnist for Montreal's outstanding West Island Gazette..

His LCC columns are archived here

Posted 09.23.15

RICK BLUE

Recalling your life

MONTREAL | Looking back at life, it's strange how all the pieces come together

There is a myth that in our last moments our lives pass before our eyes. Unfortunately, no one has ever come back from the dead to tell us whether or not this is true.

With one exception, of course. So that's what I would have asked Jesus about: "While you were hanging there, what went through your mind?" Perhaps the whole New Testament should have been written as a flashback.

But he had a very eventful life. There are many others who have not. Perhaps if a whole life can play out in a matter of seconds, then it wasn't really very interesting. Got up, went to the bathroom, ate breakfast, went to the office, pretended to work for eight hours, went home, watched TV, went to bed - - times 29,243.

I am of the opinion that the whole process takes much longer and starts to play out much earlier, because that is what is happening to me. I am finding that I wake up in the middle of the night and parts of my life start to play over in my mind like a bizarre new Netflix series.

I try to make sense of it. I try to put it into the jigsaw puzzle of events that have led from my childhood to my golden age. I gauge each episode's importance in the complete narrative as I now know it.

I also am confronted by my own role in it. Was I a hero? A villain? A likable goof? Or just another A-hole?

I lived through an interesting period of history that has certain discernible markers. They are events and forces and decisions beyond my powers that affected my life. And I see how that happened now. And why they contributed to the complex set of beliefs and opinions with which I have ended up.

But I also see that there is a fairly superficial narrative of that same time, usually repeated by the media, that really had nothing to do with any of my experience. Sometimes to the point of being the very opposite of what I experienced.

I am sure many of you, dear readers, would find out the same thing. History is a very elusive phenomenon. What really happened? It depends who you talk to.

The truth is that we live our lives as individuals. The people who come and go and the ones who stay are all unique. And the twists and turns that happen to us can be accidental and have an enormous effect. Were they really that random? Or can we now put them into the big picture and understand that because of our innate character that they were inevitable?

Like in a well-written Netflix series, the story will often meander through a maze of disconnected events and then, by looking back, suddenly be revealed as being a tight and profound storyline.

To read Rick Blue's complete column on the West Island Gazette, click here Rick Blue in the West Island Gazette
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