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Just saw on Facebook that Gordon lightfoot passed away today at the age of 84. While not one of my favorite artists in the world he was a respectable name in Canada. Most well known for the song he wrote for the Edmund Fitzgerald. I always liked that song at least. I didn’t listen to a lot of his other songs. Maybe should. 

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46 minutes ago, poor farmer/logger said:

. Most well known for the song he wrote for the Edmund Fitzgerald. I always liked that song at least. I didn’t listen to a lot of his other songs. Maybe should. 

Well, Ryan....instead of  fooling around   with Excavators and we  all  know about your penchant for putting diesel in your snowmobile ...etc etc...you   should listen to Gordon 's songs as he was a brilliant songwriter...you mentioned ''The Edmund Fitzgerald "....one of his  best  certainly....but add ""The Railroad Trilogy "  to that list..plus a host of many other  beautifully worded songs....unlike the tuneless ....lyric less   screeching   dirge offered today....

,,,a truly great artist......and I for one have really appreciated his song writing talents.....over the years.....have a listen to his song   ''Don Quixote ''...another song with brilliant lyrics......

Mike.

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18 minutes ago, mike newman said:

Well, Ryan....instead of  fooling around   with Excavators and we  all  know about your penchant for putting diesel in your snowmobile ...etc etc...you   should listen to Gordon 's songs as he was a brilliant songwriter...you mentioned ''The Edmund Fitzgerald "....one of his  best  certainly....but add ""The Railroad Trilogy "  to that list..plus a host of many other  beautifully worded songs....unlike the tuneless ....lyric less   screeching   dirge offered today....

,,,a truly great artist......and I for one have really appreciated his song writing talents.....over the years.....have a listen to his song   ''Don Quixote ''...another song with brilliant lyrics......

Mike.

Agree

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2 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

I was always a fan of Sundown. 
RIP

and Operator- you can keep the dime.

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I always liked his music. He actually just played a concert here last year or the year before.

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I love Gordon Lightfoot. Way up there in my list of favorites. In fact, one of my favorite concerts -if not my absolute favorite- was seeing him at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo around 2007. It is a beautiful old theater. Kinda big, but nonetheless Gord interacted with the audience, told great stories, and gave context to all his songs.

I'm a metalhead, sure, and I don't like much folk music, but I've loved Gordon Lightfoot's music since the first time I heard him. back when I had CD's in the car, it was all metal, and like six Gordon Lightfoot CD's.

I know that he had had a health issue about 20 years ago, so it was a good run, but we've lost a good one. I'm bummed I only saw him once, but grateful I got to see him that one time.

 

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10 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Just saw on Facebook that Gordon lightfoot passed away today at the age of 84. While not one of my favorite artists in the world he was a respectable name in Canada. Most well known for the song he wrote for the Edmund Fitzgerald. I always liked that song at least. I didn’t listen to a lot of his other songs. Maybe should. 

He wrote a lot of great songs, but the EF is just another bland ballad compared to the rest of his offerings. That & the song about the ship is part of the reason why there was a dispute over ownership.

That ship is US property. You hoseheads!!! 😂

Mike

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10 hours ago, mike newman said:

Well, Ryan....instead of  fooling around   with Excavators and we  all  know about your penchant for putting diesel in your snowmobile ...etc etc...you   should listen to Gordon 's songs as he was a brilliant songwriter...you mentioned ''The Edmund Fitzgerald "....one of his  best  certainly....but add ""The Railroad Trilogy "  to that list..plus a host of many other  beautifully worded songs....unlike the tuneless ....lyric less   screeching   dirge offered today....

,,,a truly great artist......and I for one have really appreciated his song writing talents.....over the years.....have a listen to his song   ''Don Quixote ''...another song with brilliant lyrics......

Mike.

Listened through a few more last night that I didn’t realize were his Mike.  While it may not keep me from repeating the diesel escapade it should keep me out of trouble for a few more days😂 

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39 minutes ago, Absent Minded Farmer said:

He wrote a lot of great songs, but the EF is just another bland ballad compared to the rest of his offerings. That & the song about the ship is part of the reason why there was a dispute over ownership.

That ship is US property. You hoseheads!!! 😂

Mike

  EF is a mighty fine piece of work that took quite a bit of effort to write in my mind.  He certainly was no Johnny three notes.   I'd listen to that endlessly over the contemporary Hotel California.

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56 minutes ago, 766 Man said:

  EF is a mighty fine piece of work that took quite a bit of effort to write in my mind.  He certainly was no Johnny three notes.   I'd listen to that endlessly over the contemporary Hotel California.

Hotel California is just a bad Yelp review with a 4 minute guitar solo.

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We are very sad tonight after learning Gordon Lightfoot passed away. He wasn’t just a star to us, he was a friend. To him, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, was more than just a hit song he wrote. Gordon truly cared about the families of that tragedy. That was proven in 2015 when he came to Whitefish Point for the 40th anniversary of the sinking…but he came a day early, on November 9th, to meet and talk with the family members…he did not want to be the focus of the day on November 10th, he was that classy. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society will always be grateful for his kindness to us and the family members of the Edmund Fitzgerald…everytime the bell tolls from now on, he will be a part of those 29 chimes. Gordon Lightfoot was 84…rest in peace, friend.
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2 hours ago, 766 Man said:

  EF is a mighty fine piece of work that took quite a bit of effort to write in my mind.  He certainly was no Johnny three notes.   I'd listen to that endlessly over the contemporary Hotel California.

[Insert foul mothed Big Lebowski quote here]

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Mr light foot did a show here at a local casino about fifteen or so years ago. One of my friends was really in to his music so he bought tickets to see the show. I went along because it was something to do and the tickets only cost $25 and I knew some of his songs because my friend was always playing them. 

We get there early and of course consumed a few adult beverages, we weren't trashed but were definitely in good spirits. The show started, Mr light foot took the stage and my friend stood up and started cheering. The lady seated in front of him turned around and shushed him, he got shushed at a concert. Of course the rest of us shushed her back and she turned around in disgust. After that we gave a standing ovation to every song he played and he even acknowledged us a couple times, it was a fun concert. 

He didn't play guitar at that concert because he had suffered some sort of mind stroke just days before. His guitar tech played for him and he sat on a stool and sang. I really admired his dedication to his fans for still performing just days after a stroke.

His legend will live on.

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Someone mentioned that he liked Gordon way back when it was on CD's.  I can remember when his stuff was on 45's.  A couple I liked were "Did she mention my name?" and "Black day in July".  He wrote "Cotten Genny" which Anne Murray took to the top.  There was another one about hitch hiking home but I don't remember the title.  Two of the lines were "10 degrees and getting colder, down at Bolder Dam that day" and "If you ever loved your mother won't you stop and help a brother".  I may have paraphrased the second one a bit. 

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Tony Rice released an album entitled "Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot" in 1996. It includes "Ten Degrees and Getting Colder". Here is the song list...

All songs by Gordon Lightfoot

  1. "Go My Way" – 2:48
  2. "Home from the Forest" – 4:17
  3. "Fine as Fine Can Be" – 3:24
  4. "Let It Ride" – 2:59
  5. "I'm Not Sayin'" – 2:15
  6. "Bitter Green" – 2:43
  7. "You Are What I Am" – 2:22
  8. "Shadows" – 3:43
  9. "Walls" – 1:59
  10. "Whispers of the North" – 4:17
  11. "Ten Degrees (Getting Colder)" – 2:18
  12. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" – 4:59
  13. "Early Morning Rain" – 3:04
  14. "Whisper My Name" – 3:19
  15. "Sixteen Miles" – 2:45
  16. "Cold on the Shoulder" – 2:34
  17. "Song for a Winter's Night" – 3:09
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One of my favorites. It's a joy to play on guitar, and his vocals are so much part of the rhythm of the piece.. almost percussive. 

 

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More around Gordon Lightfoot in comments at WUWT -

"Kip,

Great post to a great man. A weather site I follow wrote an interesting article several years ago about the storm that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald.

https://arcfieldweather.com/blog/2017/11/8/1210-pm-weather-and-the-wreck-of-the-edmund-fitzgerald?rq=edmund fitzgerald

Tom Kennedy"  "

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/05/03/rest-in-peace-gordon-lightfoot-canadian-folk-icon/

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On 5/3/2023 at 9:34 AM, TriStripe1086 said:

Tony Rice released an album entitled "Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot" in 1996. It includes "Ten Degrees and Getting Colder". Here is the song list...

All songs by Gordon Lightfoot

  1. "Go My Way" – 2:48
  2. "Home from the Forest" – 4:17
  3. "Fine as Fine Can Be" – 3:24
  4. "Let It Ride" – 2:59
  5. "I'm Not Sayin'" – 2:15
  6. "Bitter Green" – 2:43
  7. "You Are What I Am" – 2:22
  8. "Shadows" – 3:43
  9. "Walls" – 1:59
  10. "Whispers of the North" – 4:17
  11. "Ten Degrees (Getting Colder)" – 2:18
  12. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" – 4:59
  13. "Early Morning Rain" – 3:04
  14. "Whisper My Name" – 3:19
  15. "Sixteen Miles" – 2:45
  16. "Cold on the Shoulder" – 2:34
  17. "Song for a Winter's Night" – 3:09

One of my all time favorite CDs

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IMHO one of the most respected Canadians who stayed Canadian, We lose most of our stars to the USA but GL never left Canada. He was the only thing I know that came out of Orillia Ont besides the casino😑

 

 

in the video above the critic is recalling a lawsuit in 1987 where a song covered by Whitney Houston(written by a third party) contains 24 bars and a lot of Gordon Lightfoots song If You Could Read my Mind. When Gordon Lighfoot heard the effect on Whitney's name as an artist who potentially  plagiarized another artist he dropped the lawsuit. He was a decent and  humble man whose fans span  3 or 4  generations

RIP Gordon Lighfoot

 

 

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