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dalyot 07-06-2002 08:20 PM

It would be wonderful if someone undertook a true analysis of Gordon's work instead of a critique of his drinking & alimony payments. People have done in-depth studies of Dylan, Seeger, Miles Davis, Springsteen, etc. Lightfoot is certainly worthy of an equally intense study.
What I mean by true analysis is an album by album, track by track discussion of everything Gordon has recorded. This sounds like a true fan's dream &, actually it is. When you see all the memoriliabia dedicated to these flavours of the week such as Britney, 'nsync, whatever, don't you think Gordon is worthy of a full-scale critique of everything he has done from "Early Morning Rain", to "Uncle Toad Said"?
Hopefully one day someone more ambitious than me will carry out this project.

In the meantime,
All the best Lightheads,
James Hill

james hill 07-06-2002 08:20 PM

It would be wonderful if someone undertook a true analysis of Gordon's work instead of a critique of his drinking & alimony payments. People have done in-depth studies of Dylan, Seeger, Miles Davis, Springsteen, etc. Lightfoot is certainly worthy of an equally intense study.
What I mean by true analysis is an album by album, track by track discussion of everything Gordon has recorded. This sounds like a true fan's dream &, actually it is. When you see all the memoriliabia dedicated to these flavours of the week such as Britney, 'nsync, whatever, don't you think Gordon is worthy of a full-scale critique of everything he has done from "Early Morning Rain", to "Uncle Toad Said"?
Hopefully one day someone more ambitious than me will carry out this project.

In the meantime,
All the best Lightheads,
James Hill

james hill 07-06-2002 08:20 PM

It would be wonderful if someone undertook a true analysis of Gordon's work instead of a critique of his drinking & alimony payments. People have done in-depth studies of Dylan, Seeger, Miles Davis, Springsteen, etc. Lightfoot is certainly worthy of an equally intense study.
What I mean by true analysis is an album by album, track by track discussion of everything Gordon has recorded. This sounds like a true fan's dream &, actually it is. When you see all the memoriliabia dedicated to these flavours of the week such as Britney, 'nsync, whatever, don't you think Gordon is worthy of a full-scale critique of everything he has done from "Early Morning Rain", to "Uncle Toad Said"?
Hopefully one day someone more ambitious than me will carry out this project.

In the meantime,
All the best Lightheads,
James Hill

mytoyota@earthlink.net 07-06-2002 10:27 PM

I hear you.
I've often wished for something along the same lines.
Like seeing him on "Biography" or something similar.
Until a few years ago I wondered why I never heard him on the radio, his name in compilations where he would fit right in or hear about his concerts rather than finding them on the internet. I came to the conclusion that he has a hand in this and it must be that he is comfortable with the way things stand.
Why, you may ask, I don't know.
I was so surprised to see a commercial for his greatest hits and then the Gateway commercial with Sundown.
Will there be more to come in the US?
Canada certainly makes sure he knows he is apreciated.
Good topic.
Kim

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mytoyota@earthlink.net 07-06-2002 10:27 PM

I hear you.
I've often wished for something along the same lines.
Like seeing him on "Biography" or something similar.
Until a few years ago I wondered why I never heard him on the radio, his name in compilations where he would fit right in or hear about his concerts rather than finding them on the internet. I came to the conclusion that he has a hand in this and it must be that he is comfortable with the way things stand.
Why, you may ask, I don't know.
I was so surprised to see a commercial for his greatest hits and then the Gateway commercial with Sundown.
Will there be more to come in the US?
Canada certainly makes sure he knows he is apreciated.
Good topic.
Kim

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paperback dreams . . .

SilverHeels 07-07-2002 05:39 AM

Good thinking, James
If only it would happen - maybe one day.
I like the way you think, Mr. Hill.
Looking forward to meeting you in November.

SilverHeels 07-07-2002 05:39 AM

Good thinking, James
If only it would happen - maybe one day.
I like the way you think, Mr. Hill.
Looking forward to meeting you in November.

BossMan 07-07-2002 01:33 PM

I think an analysis/compilation would be brilliant!

Did you mean a lyrical analysis, musical analysis, or both?

One of the things I like most about his music is his songwriting, imagery, and the way his words make me think. I was thinking that it would be really neat to use this forum to post ideas about each of his albums, then if anyone could get Gord himself to have some comments, that would be the best! that would be my dream.....

Any takers? and thanx to the original poster- excellent idea!

MinstrelOfTheDawn 07-07-2002 01:33 PM

I think an analysis/compilation would be brilliant!

Did you mean a lyrical analysis, musical analysis, or both?

One of the things I like most about his music is his songwriting, imagery, and the way his words make me think. I was thinking that it would be really neat to use this forum to post ideas about each of his albums, then if anyone could get Gord himself to have some comments, that would be the best! that would be my dream.....

Any takers? and thanx to the original poster- excellent idea!

MinstrelOfTheDawn 07-07-2002 01:33 PM

I think an analysis/compilation would be brilliant!

Did you mean a lyrical analysis, musical analysis, or both?

One of the things I like most about his music is his songwriting, imagery, and the way his words make me think. I was thinking that it would be really neat to use this forum to post ideas about each of his albums, then if anyone could get Gord himself to have some comments, that would be the best! that would be my dream.....

Any takers? and thanx to the original poster- excellent idea!

james hill 07-07-2002 02:25 PM

Hello Minstrel!

Love your name. One of Gordon's finest songs.
In answer to your question, both. I'm serious about this. Lightfoot deserves much better than what's been written about him so far. I'd like to see what a true musicologist's interpretations would be of his whole body of work. Don't mean to sound stuffy about it, but his music is sadly overlooked & underrated.
anyways, hope to see you & all the other members in November!

All the best!

James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:25 PM

Hello Minstrel!

Love your name. One of Gordon's finest songs.
In answer to your question, both. I'm serious about this. Lightfoot deserves much better than what's been written about him so far. I'd like to see what a true musicologist's interpretations would be of his whole body of work. Don't mean to sound stuffy about it, but his music is sadly overlooked & underrated.
anyways, hope to see you & all the other members in November!

All the best!

James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:33 PM

Hi Silverheels!


Likewise! I'll see you in November! I don't know if i'll be sitting with the rest of you, but hopefully we'll meet up!

"Old Dan's Records" rolls into the Toronto c.d. shops this coming tues. No word yet on "Dream Street Rose". Oh well, one is better than nothing!

Take care!
James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:33 PM

Hi Silverheels!


Likewise! I'll see you in November! I don't know if i'll be sitting with the rest of you, but hopefully we'll meet up!

"Old Dan's Records" rolls into the Toronto c.d. shops this coming tues. No word yet on "Dream Street Rose". Oh well, one is better than nothing!

Take care!
James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:45 PM

Hi Kim,

You're probably right. Maynard Collins's book wasn't very in-depth musically. Alfrieda's was closer to the mark, but went pretty much unnoticed. Gordon most likely has distanced himself from too much scrutiny in print, & instead given us "Songbook". The Final Four wraps it all up nicely.
However, I'm not giving up on my book idea. Hopefully, someone out there will pick up on the idea, too.

Thanks for responding, Kim!
Probably see you in Nov. James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:45 PM

Hi Kim,

You're probably right. Maynard Collins's book wasn't very in-depth musically. Alfrieda's was closer to the mark, but went pretty much unnoticed. Gordon most likely has distanced himself from too much scrutiny in print, & instead given us "Songbook". The Final Four wraps it all up nicely.
However, I'm not giving up on my book idea. Hopefully, someone out there will pick up on the idea, too.

Thanks for responding, Kim!
Probably see you in Nov. James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:57 PM

Hello Watchman!

I agree that Gordon most likely wouldn't partake in such a book. What i would like to see, however, is someone with a good hold on what Gord's music is about do a comprehensive study on his work in general. True enough, we all have our own interpretations of his songs, or maybe i'm just too much of a fan. I say bring the book on!

James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 02:57 PM

Hello Watchman!

I agree that Gordon most likely wouldn't partake in such a book. What i would like to see, however, is someone with a good hold on what Gord's music is about do a comprehensive study on his work in general. True enough, we all have our own interpretations of his songs, or maybe i'm just too much of a fan. I say bring the book on!

James Hill

joveski 07-07-2002 05:01 PM

not to be a party pooper but i don't see it happening (even though i'd love it for to happen).
there were some liner notes in songbook but i don't see anything further. he's like bob dylan, who never has given anything away apart from saying "the songs speak for themselves"
another thing to consider is will it actually sell?. sure, the fans like us will buy the day it comes out, but the general public?.
it's just like the new CDs that have come out. fans are happy and bought them as soon as they were released, but they didn't burn up the charts.
i think it's best for us to draw our own conclusions on the songs!

mende

joveski 07-07-2002 05:01 PM

not to be a party pooper but i don't see it happening (even though i'd love it for to happen).
there were some liner notes in songbook but i don't see anything further. he's like bob dylan, who never has given anything away apart from saying "the songs speak for themselves"
another thing to consider is will it actually sell?. sure, the fans like us will buy the day it comes out, but the general public?.
it's just like the new CDs that have come out. fans are happy and bought them as soon as they were released, but they didn't burn up the charts.
i think it's best for us to draw our own conclusions on the songs!

mende

james hill 07-07-2002 06:13 PM

You're all right!

In lieu of a thorough discography, I think the next best thing would be to see all of you at the convention & just have a good old gabfest & see what our own thoughts are!

Can't wait for November!!!
James Hill

james hill 07-07-2002 06:13 PM

You're all right!

In lieu of a thorough discography, I think the next best thing would be to see all of you at the convention & just have a good old gabfest & see what our own thoughts are!

Can't wait for November!!!
James Hill

Jayne 07-07-2002 09:48 PM

I'd like to see Gord on something like VH1's Storytellers. MAYBE a Behind The Music. And hey, I wouldn't have bet that he'd have given as much away in Songbook as he did, so who knows?

Great Topic!

Old Dan 07-07-2002 09:48 PM

I'd like to see Gord on something like VH1's Storytellers. MAYBE a Behind The Music. And hey, I wouldn't have bet that he'd have given as much away in Songbook as he did, so who knows?

Great Topic!

Old Dan 07-07-2002 09:48 PM

I'd like to see Gord on something like VH1's Storytellers. MAYBE a Behind The Music. And hey, I wouldn't have bet that he'd have given as much away in Songbook as he did, so who knows?

Great Topic!


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