Tomorrow we begin our performances at Hugh’s Room for the 12th Annual “Way We Feel”: A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Lightfoot concerts.
We’re honoured to pay tribute to our country’s beloved cultural icon, and we’re certainly not taking these gigs lightly! We’ve been hard at work crafting our own renditions of Love and Maple Syrup, Ghosts of Cape Horn and Go-Go Round and we can’t wait to share them with the audiences.
We’ve learned a lot during our arrangement and rehearsal processes and I know we’re in for even more enlightenment over the three days as we embrace the contributions of our fellow performers.
My father, the ever resourceful Dave Bates lent me this Toronto Star article he’d filed away in 2005, right before Gordon returned to Massey Hall for his annual concerts after 19 months in hospital. It’s hard to believe that this was written nearly a decade ago, and it’s ever inspiring to know that Mr. Lightfoot still continues to make and write history.
I’d like to share just a couple lines from this article that stood out to me:
It’s work — not inspiration — that makes a good song, and lonely work, very selfish work.
I’m very good with intervals, the spaces between notes in a chord – something I learned at music school. (The music schooled geek in me loves this line, as like me, Lightfoot studied jazz composition)
Finally, in response to the many concerts that are done in tribute to him: I love it when people come up to me in the street as if they’ve known me all their lives, and just start chatting. It makes me feel good to be alive, good to be a Canadian. But I think Stompin’ Tom is the one who really deserves the tributes.
A digital version of this article can be found here should you like to read more.