Thursday, July 9, 2009

For All You Airline Travellers Out There..

Back in the early 80's while I was building my business I was just about living out of an airport... at one point for 5 years running I had chalked up over 200 flights a year and was "super elite" status in Air Canada's frequent flyer program (which meant they sang a nicer tune while they kept you on "hold")... and I can tell you I've seen and heard it "all" from the airlines... so when I heard the story today that Dave Carroll of the Sons of Maxwell (who preformed at the last PEI ECMA's) had wrote a song about his Taylor guitar being damaged by United Airlines I couldn't wait to get home and see it on YouTube as I had heard it was very funny... and it is hilarious and I only wish I could have been so clever in "pushing back" at Air Canada when they seemed to be continually screwing up... at one point I was convinced that Air Canada's slogan was "we're not happy until you're unhappy"... anyway, if you travel by air take a few moments and listen to this "tune" and I'm sure you'll appreciate it... and it's also a catchy tune
United Airlines Song Background (short version) from Dave Carroll's website;
In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say “no” to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise.

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