“If you could read my mind, love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
‘Bout a ghost from a wishin’ well…”
“From the 60s until today, many top artists have covered his songs, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan (and Lightfoot has recorded his songs as well), George Hamilton IV, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Tony Rice, Nanci Griffith, Sarah McLachlan and other talented artists too numerous to list. His achievements have been recognized in the music industry and in his native Canada. He has five Grammy nominations and 17 Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent) and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in 1986. In 1970, he received the prestigious Order Of Canada; in 1997 he received the Governor General’s award – the highest official Canadian honor; and in September, 2001, he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame.
All of this discussion is mostly about the music, always beautiful, inventive, and performed with perfection at every concert appearance – a tribute to his fine backup band as well as to Lightfoot himself. But it is perhaps his lyrics, and the combination of his words and music, that set him apart from all the others. What is unique about Lightfoot is that he appears to have heightened senses; he sees, hears and feels things that most of us don’t; and then he can create the music and lyrics to help us see, hear and feel what he does. Whether it is a love song, or a song of lost love, a historical ballad – which he writes like no other songwriter of the last half-century – or a highly personal song, what he says and how he says it leaves a lasting and often evolving impression as the listener uncovers new layers of meaning in the song.” (Valerie Magee, www.gordonlightfoot.com website).
The fabulous Gordon Lightfoot is coming to Eureka Springs Sunday, August 22, 2010! The show starts at eight and there are still tickets available, but you better call soon! We have plenty of rooms here at Bridgeford House on that Sunday night and one night reservations are fine, plus Sunday nights are a lower weekday rate, of course. You can walk easily to the Auditorium downtown, so call today for the best room in town!
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!