The Grapes of Wrath were formed in Kelowna, British Columbia in 1983 by Chris Hooper, Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane. They came up with the name for the band after looking at a movie guide (nobody in the band had seen the movie or read the book). Treehouse, produced by Tom Cochrane, was the band’s Canadian breakthrough, yielding the hit singles “Peace of Mind” and “Backward Town”. Their next Album, Now and Again, was the soundtrack to my first year at Wilfrid Laurier University. The band shares a special place in my heart, as it was one of the early musical passions that my then girlfriend, later wife, Dawn, shared. Now that the band has reunited, we are both hoping that tour dates in Southern Ontario will happen soon.
I have included "All the Things I Wasn't" off of Now and Again as an example of their catchy and haunting melodies that are lyrically poignant.
An exploration of the music that holds meaning in my life.