Newfound - etee’s soundtrack song

In 2008, my brother Chris landed in the hospital and Mandy (my soon to be wife) told me she wanted to get a dog.  I was feeling so overwhelmed, the thought of having to care for another creature was too much.

Mands persisted, and eventually I relented and that is when Burleigh entered our life - in the fall of 2008.  And now, almost 12 years later, I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without her.

I had certain ideas about what a dog should be and how we should train her, but that’s not how it worked out.  I tried leaving her in a separate room for sleeping time, but she wouldn’t have any of it.  

I tried being the alpha male dominant.  That lasted all of two weeks.

I eventually learned that we had to work together, to build a bond in order for her to respect me and for me to respect her.  It started with a bag of popcorn, which I’d crinkle everytime I wanted her to come back to me.  Was it just the food or me, I’ll never fully know, but I’d like to think we started to get each other.

For the next 12 years, Burleigh and I wandered the streets of Parkdale (in Toronto’s west end) sorting through whatever was on my mind at the time.  


She was also in the background of most etee videos or photos and she spent literally everyday at the etee office over the past 5 years. 

This past August, B died after a week running rapids with me on the Ottawa river.  She had cancer, but you never would have known it.  She was full of beans until her last couple days.  I wish she would have lasted longer, but I can’t complain, she was an awesome friend and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Built on a beat I recorded in a basement on Cunningham ave, circa 2009, with lyrics by myself and my brother Chris, this song marked a turning point. I wrote it and produced it my head while on our many walks.  I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Thank you for the lovely song and sweet video. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother and beloved B. I’m also happy for your wonderful relationship with B. and Mandy, as well as your plastic free mission. All of us who have known the love of a companion animal, understand its joys and the pain of its loss. Life is 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows.

    Wendy Hollis on
  • Thanks for the cool videos and beautiful sounds on this foggy Christmas in No Calif. I appreciate your sharing the love 💕

    Cathy Webster on
  • Thank you for your kind words and well wishes! Merry Christmas and I know Chris and B are in heaven, watching you and your family! Stay safe!

    Carlene Dumont on
  • Thank you for sharing a piece of your life. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and your family ☺️🎄

    Marie-Claude on
  • Everything about this email and your song/video was simply beautiful!

    Linda C. on
  • Great tribute. Thanks for the jams.

    Melanie on
  • Thank you for sharing your beautiful story – it is deeply touching & evocative. After WW2 in a place called Cornwall, the RAF moved out of their aerodrome near us, & a beautiful full size terrier we named Bob took up residence with us. We think he had been de mobbed from the RAF because of his impeccable behaviour. He learned where Trounsons Butcher shop was & went every afternoon ex sunday & Thurs, went he went early. Thurs was ‘early closing day in Redruth & like all the shoppers, he didn’t want to miss out on his ration.
    He also went swimming with us 3 miles downhill all the way, and on return, if I held his leash, he’d pull me all the way back.

    Margaret on
  • Happy Christmas to you … love the walk with Burleigh and thoughts of your Brother !
    We are fortunate to have siblings — the gift of our parents!
    Thanks for your inspirational company! ❤️😷💕

    Mary Ann on
  • Happy Christmas to you … love the walk with Burleigh and thoughts of your Brother !
    We are fortunate to have siblings — the gift of our parents!
    Thanks for your inspirational company! ❤️😷💕

    Mary Ann on
  • We lost our beloved golden Rosie almost 3 weeks ago. So misty watching this. Grateful for 9 1/2 years with her, but hard not to hang her stocking last night.

    Another Melissa on

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