A few weeks ago, at the Quebec Writer’s Federation Gala, I discovered that I had won the honour of serving as the CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence for 2017. It’s hugely exciting and I can’t wait to get started blogging about my home, the amazing city of Montreal.
As a kick-off, I was invited to be on the CBC radio show Cinq-a-Six, which is a program in which guests choose songs that have been meaningful to them and talk about why.
Some of the selections came easily to me. Others required some thought. I talked through various songs with my husband, who obligingly cued them up on the iPod so that we could consider them together. In this way, I worked through songs from childhood, adolescence, the university years, my move to Montreal, my leap into the world of travel…
A few months ago, another fan of cryptic crosswords, Vaughan McAlley, who is also a musician, described to me how composing a canon is akin to creating an interlocking crossword puzzle. He recommended Miserere Nostri, by Thomas Tallis, which he called “one of the greatest canons”.
What music best represents cryptic crosswords to you?