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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-08-04 11:59 PM
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Any Gordon Lightfoot fans around here?
Just got my CD of Gord's Gold from Amazon today and have been listening to it. I forgot how much I love this guy.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:00 AM
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1. Absolutely.
A Canadian treasure!
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:02 AM
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2. Saw him in ABQ 25 or so years ago
and was in the emergency room before the show was over (Ovarian Cyst - DAMN, they hurt).

Still like him, but the connection remains.
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:02 AM
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3. I always thought tha "Beautiful" was...well, BEAUTIFUL! LOL...
"Sundown" and "If You Could Read My Mind" are other favorites. I always thought Lightfoot was a solid, talented songwriter and performer.

Gordon's "Early Morning Rain" was one of the most memorable Elvis Presley cover tunes in his entire career.

:toast:
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:07 AM
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4. I wish I could have seen him perform live, never got the chance.
Is he still performing or has he retired?
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:58 AM
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14. He had a new CD in May 2004, "Harmony"


http://www.corfid.com/gl/Albums/harmony/main.htm

Harmony is Gordon Lightfoots 20th album. A stunning collection of new and previously unreleased songs which he has been working on over the last two years. Gordon underwent serious health problems in 2002 and 2003, having literally to stop writing and touring. He was felled, during a concert in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario by a burst artery, had emergency surgery and was in a coma for six weeks. Gordon is still recovering but much improved and very excited about the release of the album.

The story is told by Gordon himself in the liner notes of Harmony: In early September of 2002 I was playing a two day event in my birthplace of Orillia, Ontario, when felled by an burst artery followed by total blackness. The fall tour was cancelled. When I awoke from that dark slumber a few weeks later, the hospital was already being prepped for Hallowe'en. Even the post operative discomfort had passed. My memory and my thinking felt pretty much normal as my mind recalled a day in the distant past when a muse would say, "don't spin your wheels". The problem right now was mechanical failure. After the visitations of family and friends had been accomplished and put into perspective, I started asking myself how I might go about picking up the slack in my current condition with a bloodshot eye on the future when bingo, I was back in the past, back to the music of course. It's the only real refuge I'd ever had anyway. I remembered months before, having recorded on multi-track, a considerable number of fresh songs, with guitar and vocal only, at two solo sessions in the recording studio. Perhaps my radar was telling me to get ready for a rainy day, I don't know. I remembered that quite a few of those performances had sounded reasonably valid at the time and wondered if they would hold up under scrutiny now, almost a year later. Thoughts about orchestration began entering my mind. We could pick out the best of the practice tracks and use them as basic tracks.

Producer Bob Doidge and Gordons band went to work on the recordings, overdubbing parts and bringing their work to Gordon in the hospital for his approval and changes. The result is Harmony. The title track is a truly haunting ballad, followed by the traveling tale of River Of Light. The first single Inspiration Lady is yet another inspiring ballad of love and adoration. The album ends on a song of hope and dreaming with the song Sometimes I Wish.

Harmony will be released May 11th, simultaneously in Canada on Linus/Warner and in the USA on SpinART/Ryko. Gordon just spent a day filming scenes for his new video Inspiration Lady which will be released to radio and television in March 2004. Following another round of reconstructive surgery, Gordon should be ready to continue touring again by the end of 2004.

:toast:
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Nordic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:30 AM
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15. Yeah, that "beautiful" song does it for me every time
one of the greatest love songs EVER.
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tmooses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:19 AM
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5. Always liked his singing voice and lyrics worth listening to
n/t
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silverlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:23 AM
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6. "Rainy Day People"
is my favorite. Last week I bought "Complete Greatest Hits" as my other CD's have just about had it.

I heard that he is working on something new.
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bobweaver Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:26 AM
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7. "Sundown" never gets old
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:02 PM
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23. Yep that is my fav.... bought a whole CD just for that one song!
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:35 AM
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8. Absolutely.... He's terrific still!
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:46 AM
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12. My favorites from Gord are "Canadian Railroad Trilogy "and
Edited on Thu Dec-09-04 12:51 AM by mohinoaklawnillinois
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Can ya tell I'm kind of a history geek?

I remember when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. Being born and raised in Chicago I always thought of the Great Lakes as sort of benign. That one incident made me change my mind real fast.

"Superior they said never gives up her dead, when the gales of November come early" Absolutely haunting.
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kermujin Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:37 AM
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18. love that song!
that line gives me goosebumps...

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:58 PM
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21. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald--insures that bit of history will be
forever remembered. It was an amazing tribute.
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:37 AM
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9. I love him
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:41 AM
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10. Edmund Fitzgerald is not on that CD is it?
I was bummed by that.
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:49 AM
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13. No, it's not, but its on his Complete Greatest Hits which I have as well.
I had the vinyl album of Gord's Gold and it was destroyed. I just wanted to replace it. Brings back lotsa memories...
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:44 AM
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11. One of my favs
I still remember, as a kid, listening to the scratchy single of If You Could Read My Mind Love over and over and over...
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:33 AM
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16. You Tell Me. You can read my mind can't ya'?
:-)
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:34 AM
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17. I like Gordon Lightfoot, too, especially "SunDown".....
But I'm black and I would be way too emabarrassed to ever admit it in public. :-)
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:40 AM
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19. "Redwood Hill" is my favorite Gordon Lightfoot song.....
A great statement about the environment, and cool chord changes.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:44 AM
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20. Yep listen to him regularly
I don't love all or even lots of his material, but there are plenty of gems spread among the years.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:01 PM
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22. I love him!
------------------------------------
Would Jesus love a liberal? You bet!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com /
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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:18 PM
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24. "That long thin dawn...
That lo-ong thin dawwwwwwn is comin' on again..."

Man, that ROCKED! Glad he's still around.

:toast: :loveya: :yourock: :headbang:
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motely36 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:22 PM
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25. I'm a fan
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CatBoreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 01:23 PM
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26. Damn skippy!
Love that man!
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