Regarding Gordon Lightfoot
Thoughts of my father, wonderful & humbling compliments, and songwriting
Songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, died yesterday.
He was, and is, one of my favorite songwriters.
I offer a story of an amazing and, as it turns out, timely compliment.
This past Sunday, when I took my break between sets at Leashless Brewing, I went back to the bar to get a refill of water. Leila, one of the owners filled my glass.
She said, "You sound really good. I like your songs... they remind me of Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor."
At this point, my response could well have been, "Yes, of course I'll marry you!"
-don't get mad Debbie. 🤓
I thanked her! It's always nice to be compared to people you should never be compared to.
I told her I was especially appreciative of the Gordon Lightfoot reference. As my best friend from High School, Mike, can testify to, I've had an obsession with Lightfoot's music since I was very young and into and through high school.
I didn’t know that he would pass away the following day.
A few years ago, when my father was dying, I went to play guitar for him. One of the songs I played (at Mike's suggestion) was, Heaven Help The Devil - a favorite of both my father and I.
My father, with his banjo playing, introduced me to making music. Gordon Lightfoot, with his lyrical cadence, remains a high-water mark of songwriting inspiration and aspirations.
Thank you for the music!
I’ve been telling this story a lot in the past 24 hours but, Gordon Lightfoot’s music is some of the first I remember ever hearing. When I was little, my mom would play AM radio late at night to soothe me to sleep, and I distinctly remember If You Could Read My Mind and Carefree Highway playing. His voice was so distinctive and so incredibly soothing. His music will always hold a special place in my heart.
I saw Gordon play at the music expo Earls Court , London in around 86. As a budding pro bass player I was there checking out the latest stuff from Musicman etc, fell in love with a Guild bass.
Anyway, GL was an excellent turn. RIP Gordon.