Not to many popular musicians who started their careers more than 50 years ago can lay claim that they are still growing strong at the age of 77…unless they happen to be Gordon Lightfoot. Gordon has become not only a Canadian musical icon but a worldwide favourite for his timeless classics like “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”, “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Sundown”, “Rainy Day People” and of course who could forget “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. Gord continues to tour Canada and the US at a pace that puts younger artists to shame.
Today in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario Canada (which just happens to be the World HQ for Sonic More Music) we celebrate his Birthday with songs and tributes and memories, so at this time I will share a personal memory , it was the 2007 Mariposa Folk Festival and the skies opened up and the rain came down, Gord with his band continued to play, I could see the looks on the band members faces like they were thinking “This is the last one, let’s get off the stage before we all get electrocuted” but Gord always the professional was determined to give the audience the show that they had come for…and he did.
Below is a short video I shot of Gordon Lightfoot performing at the 2007 Mariposa Folk Festival, you can hear the rain coming down in the background.