I’m Gonna Make This Place Your Home

The Canadian Scottish on board the S.S. Princess Elaine, October 4, 1940.

“As the ship pulled away from the dock, her decks crowded with khaki figures, the pipes played “The Skye Boat Song”. It was an unforgettable moment, both for those on the deck and those on the ship. It was to be five and a half long years before the battalion would come home. All too many would never make the return journey.”

Dr. R.H. Roy, Ready for the Fray, Evergreen Press Ltd., 1958, page 92

Home

Tonight we venture a bit off the usual path, but once again I refer to when you feel it, when you see it, when you hear it – you know it. Whether you are a kinestheic learner, visual learner, or an acoustic learner we found it all tonight, in yet another of the unlikeliest of places.

When Steven Tyler joined the judging panel of American Idol, quite frankly I was hooked. Having seen Aerosmith in concert several times I felt his remarks on the show would be interesting. It was because of Mr. Tyler that I started to watch. Together with J-lo and Randy they make quite a team carving a path for all the erstwhile contestants. As judges they don’t hold back. This year it was a bit different, enter Phillip Phillips the son of a Georgia State pawn shop owner who takes me back to those years in university when a singer with a guitar would play during the dark hours at the Student Union Building. You heard songs that introduced you to new thinking, and listened to ideas you never heard before. You felt, saw, and heard sunset glow. It’s a bit like watching film and knowing the soundtrack fills the passing frames with emotion.

Tonight, I wanted to pick up that acoustic guitar again as Phillip Phillips sang, as his final Idol performance, “Home”. I knew in an instant there was something more to write. I always enjoy trying to figure out how to string different and seemingly remote items together and tonight I found it again.

Thank you Phillip Phillips. Welcome home all veterans.

Welcome Home ribbon for the 16th Battalion Canadian Scottish.

Home

Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cuz I’m gonna make this place your home

Settle down it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
Cuz I’m gonna make this place your home
I’m gonna make this place your home

(Lyrics from Phillip Phillips’ Live Perfomance)

 


About The Author

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In April 2007 Paul first met Casey and Ian Williams of the Paradigm Motion Picture Company in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium at a time when various ceremonies and services were held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul has been working with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company team since 2009. His interest in film was sparked at Zweibrucken, Germany when his father took him to see the James Bond film, "Goldfinger". The legacy of “film for families” was great fun for Paul and in Sardinia he recalls watching in fascination Jimmy Stewart in "Shenandoah" and David Niven in "55 Days to Peking". In Nova Scotia Paul remembers seeing "Lawrence of Arabia" for the first time and has been captivated by the film which he continues to watch to learn and study from its direction and methodologies. He especially respects the work of director David Lean, actor Peter O'Toole and composer-conductor Maurice Jarre. At University the one film course available to him, transformed his interest in film when the class compared the classic films of Japan with the classic films of Australia. In more recent years the work of documentary film maker Ken Burns, director of "The Civil War", and Tolga Ornek's "Gallipoli" have been great sources of inspiration. It is from these beginnings that Paul became increasingly interested in documentary film and thanks his many friends who encouraged him to pursue these interests. Paul’s passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm a strong interest in the development of content, an understanding of the successful use of collections and imagery and a profound interest in the relationship of the viewer to the scenes in front of them. Having worked in the museum and archives fields Paul believes that exhibitions are similar to film, the story leads the viewer but there still must be something worthy to see. He believes strongly in his personal motto, “To deepen not broaden.” Paul’s personal interest in military history was kindled as a youth living overseas and across Canada. He continues to travel, largely to places that have been witness to the devastation of the First and Second World Wars. These explorations have taken him to England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and the Gallipoli Peninsula. He has also taken the time to study the complex network of the Canadian home front, sought out memorials and points of interest across Canada taking many photographs and studying the network that allowed so much to be accomplished. When Paul first visited Hawaii he was amazed by his visit to the Arizona War Memorial where he was profoundly effected by the many Japanese visitors who showed their deepest respect at the site. It is from this gathering of experiences that Paul continues along his path, recalling all the while his grandmother, whose father did not return from the Great War, how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to inspire him.

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2 Responses to “I’m Gonna Make This Place Your Home”

  1. Elaine Neff says:

    Really loved his rendition of this song “Home”, which I had never heard before. Such a lovely, well written, tune, one that will be running through my mind for a while. The song is what helped the talented Phil Phillips have the edge over the fantastic Jessica Sanchez.

    Thank you for the song. Music helps me enjoy my life to the fullest. This one is a beauty. Thanks again to the author.

  2. Don says:

    What a beautiful moment. In that moment it could have been John Denver singing Annie the first time; or Paul Simon doing the Boxer, or Glen Campbell doing Galveston. It just really took me to a simpler place when the lyrics said something meaningful and the music was understandable and powerful. It was different in a nostalgic kind of way; really sweet. There’s still no place like home.
    I think I’ll pick up my old six string too.

    Thanks

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