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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?


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Jul. 29th, 2018 04:30 pm (UTC)
He was very ill a few years ago and almost died. He had an aneurysm in 2002 and was in a coma for six weeks. Then he had a stroke in 2006, though he continued to perform after that. I wonder if you saw him around then? I was never a big fan when I was younger, but his music has grown on me over the years.
Jul. 29th, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
Saw him before all that. Mid 90's? Read about his health issues and that he is still touring.
Jul. 30th, 2018 09:34 am (UTC)
Gordon Lightfoot is one of those musicians that I know are pleasant to listen to but I don't remember the tunes :P Thanks for putting the link up so I could remind myself.

What a wonderful story you tell about him. Well, the first bit, anyway. I hate it when musicians don't stop when they should. I prefer the old best memories.

ETA: That's a very beautiful song and it inspires me to get the music so that I can play it on guitar! I can actually sing that one in that it's in my vocal range :P

Edited at 2018-07-30 09:40 am (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2018 12:38 pm (UTC)
How wonderful thst you play and sing. That is a dream of mine. Recently ordered a ukelele but it has not arrived yet.
Jul. 30th, 2018 12:50 pm (UTC)
I don’t think he would have morphed back into the handsome young man you once saw if you’d been tripping that second time, but I think you would have been more comfortable with both ends of the human spectrum. :-)
Jul. 30th, 2018 02:27 pm (UTC)

If doing a hit of acid could do that for me I better start looking for some, not too comfortable with my current slot in the spectrum hehe

Edited at 2018-07-30 02:28 pm (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2018 02:36 pm (UTC)
A lot of people our age have started tripping again. I think psilocybin more than LSD.
Jul. 30th, 2018 05:52 pm (UTC)
I've heard that the concept of microdosing of both substances is being explored for medical use. Who'd thought?

Hmm i have friends in Washington. ;-)
Jul. 31st, 2018 01:29 pm (UTC)
Huh. I hadn't thought about him in ages, but I've now popped him into the online music player, so I've some listening to do as the afternoon goes on.

Memories are funny things, aren't they?
Aug. 1st, 2018 09:52 am (UTC)
Memories are strange. They can take you up and down and all around.
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