Feeling Like a One Hit Wonder

| 2/3/2011 3:08:03 PM

Tags: renewable energy, economy, speaking engagement, Cam Mather,

Michelle and I were driving home the other day and we were listening to an oldies station, which I guess is what we are now, oldies. The song “Daytime, Nighttime” by Keith Hampshire came on. I loved that song and I was determined to figure out who the artist was. For 15 minutes I racked my brain but alas, we didn’t figure it out until Michelle looked it up online.

I have always had a poor aptitude for math and my writing would be unintelligible if Michelle didn’t clean it up, but I am exceptional at music trivia. My cousin Dave and I pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of popular music. And really, in the greater scheme of things, compared to finding a cure for cancer or finding a way to regulate derivatives in order to avoid another financial collapse, music trivia ranks way up there in importance.

I started thinking about the list of “one hit wonders” like “My Sharona” by the Knack, and “Take On Me” by Aha, and I realized that the number of one hit wonders is pretty big. Then I realized, I should be careful because I think I am one.

In 2009 I was asked to do the keynote address at the Quinte Sustainability Symposium. This is an event at which 350 people paid to attend the day’s offerings of workshops, etc. so I was pretty pumped about being invited to do the keynote. My talk was entitled “The Payback on Renewable Energy” and I was pretty excited to be providing it.

At the beginning of my presentation, I used a promo from Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Eleventh Hour” 


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