Being a rabid fan is a strange thing. With one of my sons it is all things Metallica. With others it might be The Beatles or Beyoncé. For me it has always been Gordon Lightfoot. Why? I do not have a clue. Music speaks to us all in ways we cannot understand.
While trying not to feel too old, here is my 40th Anniversary tribute to Gordon's Summertime Dream album. The album is a perfect 70s blend of folk, country and rock music. A best seller the album went platinum.
I have not attended his concerts for years. It is too painful. Gord's voice went long ago. A reminder that we are all getting old.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
A tribute to the 29 men who died November 10, 1975, aboard
the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.
In the US, the song peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart and #50 on the country chart.
|The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald|
Never Too Close
Race Among the Ruins
|Gordon Lightfoot (left) and Bob Dylan about 1974.|
“I can't think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don't like. Everytime I hear a song of his, it's like I wish it would last forever. "
- Bob Dylan