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Gordon Lightfoot, born in 1938, offers up powerful, poignant
and emotionally touching, easy folk and folk/pop music
as well as some country folk music whose equal
is hard to find. He is my own personal favorite folk singer.
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Gordon Lightfoot Greatest Hits
Lightfoot is one of the best folksingers ever
Here is all the best folk and “folk pop”
from a true master singer/songwriter
The Daily Walk with Love, October 10, 2017, by Paul Evans, video is Gordon Lightfoot Greatest Hits || Best Songs Of Gordon Lightfoot, courtesy of Gordon Lightfoot and YouTube. May God’s grace touch America like the rainbow in the featured photograph. God knows we need it.
Visit the Official Gordon Lightfoot website and check out Gordon Lightfoot on Facebook. Also, there’s a great Gordon Lightfoot fan website you might want to check out. Please feel encouraged to visit Amazon.com for digital downloads of high quality mp3’s sorted by album from Gordon Lightfoot. If I had one recommendation to make from Lightfoot’s early years from Amazon, it would be the two disc mp3 download of The United Artists Collection which is $17.99, but which you will find yourself returning to again and again. This is powerful, poignant and emotional easy folk music whose equal is hard to find. Also if you prefer check out the Gordon Lightfoot music available from Apple music, which summarizes his career at that link. Apple says that “Lightfoot’s songs are literate but down to earth, and deal with personal matters as well as global issues in a manner that’s poetic yet accessible, and his rich, strong voice is a superb vehicle for his material.” You might say that his lyrics and voice affect the listener in a poetically beautiful way, and reach the listener on a deep personal level, as you would expect of one of the best folk singer-songwriters ever, but that the music connects with any kind of listener, whatever genre of music the listener might normally prefer. One of the best concerts of Lightfoots available on YouTube is GORDON LIGHTFOOT IN CONCERT 1972.
Some like Bob Dylan best among folk singers, and some will go with Simon and Garfunkel, but for me, Gordon Lightfoot’s music says it all. (I also wonder what has happened to America and the world since the 70’s that no comparable singers to these three groups has emerged since then.) Personally I can really appreciate Dylan’s having won the Nobel Prize for Literature though, and strongly appreciate Dylan’s two “Christian phase” albums “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Blood on the Tracks.” However, these speak to me about a tragic romantic situation I had in my life and so are not altogether pleasant for me, but still very attractive (they are my favorite Dylan albums). Simon and Garfunkel had an absolutely wonderful discography, but for me it was somewhat ruined by their hit song, “The Sound of Silence.” While I personally love to have music from YouTube or my own personal collection playing almost any time, to say that silence is in some way evil is the basest superstition and NOT warrented at all. This song alone sort of kills the whole Simon and Garfunkel experience for me, but I do admit they are a great duo.
Gordon Lighfoot’s music is absolutely fantastically good, and I came to appreciate it back in the early 70’s when I was still in high school. Thus, my “love affair with Lightfoot” has been going on for a while and is enduring. Not only that, but I feel that some of his early music, such as “Pride of Man,” carries a prophetic message for humanity and especially for America in it, and also connects with the listener in an almost religious way. Gordon Lightfoot had a stroke back a few years ago, but has come back really strong. While, in all honestly, I like the material he wrote in the 60’s and 70’s best, “Gordo” can sure still carry a tune and still gives great performances today!
Wikipedia has a good short summary of Lightfoot’s accomplishment here:
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Lightfoot’s songs, including “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Steel Rail Blues”, “Ribbon of Darkness”—a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins’s cover in 1965— and “Black Day in July” about the 1967 Detroit riot, brought him international recognition in the 1960s. He experienced chart success in Canada with his own recordings, beginning in 1962 with the No. 3 hit “(Remember Me) I’m the One”. Lightfoot’s recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970) his first U.S. top 10 hit reaching #5. “Sundown” (1974) a #1 hit , “Carefree Highway” (1974) which followed reaching #10, “Rainy Day People (1975) at #25, and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976) (No. 2, Hot 100).
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