July 29th, 2018


Word Prompt - Folk Singer

Being a huge fan of folk music and folk singers this prompt brought to mind any number of performers that I might write about, but because I had seen him sing at two different periods in his life and mine I chose Gordon Lightfoot. The first time I saw him was in 1970. Went to the concert with my brother and his wife and we all dropped Acid which certainly painted the evening in brilliant colors. Lightfoot was young and handsome and his voice strong. He sang every song I wanted to hear and I came away with my head in the clouds and with that transformed feeling that LSD experiences impart.

The second time was nearly 25 years later. No LSD that time. My sister-in-law, niece and I drove to St. Louis to a small theater where he was playing. We were pumped. Neither of them had seen him before and I guess I wasn't thinking about how much time had passed and expecting a happening similar to the first time. Oh wow, was I ever disappointed. There he was on stage, a small wizened man by now, with cracking tones and stumbling over lines. The crowd was quiet and never moved. We left early saddened and disappointed. I kind of think Gordon had been consuming a bit too much of that good Canadian whiskey. I wonder if I had been tripping could he have been morphed back into that handsome young folk singer I saw so long ago?