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Old 12-22-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Gord's favourite carol @ Massey Hall

The Massey camera police where absent, so I decided to capture a verse

At times, all 270 boys were assembled on the temporary stage setup...vibrant

It was a church (of Gord) mass atmosphere, but just music... organ, piano and small string and horn ensemble accompaniment... the choir's 75th year

What is your favourite carol? What is your favourite Christmas song?

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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btw, this is the song Gord sang 60 YEARS AGO at Massey Hall (@age 14, winning the Toronto Kiwanis Festival)

Lorin Wey (boy soprano) singing Who is Sylvia (An Silvia).wmv - YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6NFr2-PP7I (added by moderator - Oct.10-2013)

Tuesday, February 29, 2000
Toronto Star
by Valerie Hauch, Staff Reporter

If you mention Kiwanis just in passing to Lightfoot...

The way he feels about the Kiwanis festival might stun a lot of people in the hard-bitten, mercurial music world where Gordon Lightfoot holds legendary status.

He's internationally acclaimed, this Canadian singer/songwriter who grew up in Orillia and whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Barbara Streisand.

And Lightfoot has no shortage of prestigious awards garnered over an illustrious career that's produced such enduring hits as "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald", "Early Morning Rain" and "The Way I Feel".

But the two little plaques he won in Toronto at the Kiwanis Music Festival in 1951 and 1952 - and which he still has - are especially dear. They mark a turning point in the life of a young teen whose voice had not even changed.

In fact, because he was still singing soprano in 1952, Lightfoot entered the Boys, Unchanged Voices vocal category and came first. As a result the "very excited" small town choir singer was among those chosen to perform at Massey Hall on one of two nights featuring "stars" from the festival.

"It was an experience that stayed with me the rest of my life", he says over the phone, taking time out from a hectic schedule preparing for a U.S. tour that will include 50 shows this year.

"I knew it right then. It made me know what it was I wanted to do with my life. My voice had not changed and already I was committed to a life as a singer."

It may have been about 48 years ago, but Lightfoot, 61, remembers a lot of details about that special night - even the name of the "wonderful pianist" who accompanied him - Mary Wedlock - and how it was all arranged by his local United Church choir master, Ray Williams.

Stepping onto the Massey Hall stage - he'd sung solo in the town choir before, but had never performed in front of such a big audience - the young Lightfoot was "quite nervous", but soon relaxed.

"I knew the song so well .. it was easy to do the song" having practiced three or four times a week for some time before the competition, he recalls.

The tune, "Who is Sylvia?", was "one of those classical songs from the 19th century, a lovely song," says Lightfoot.

He even remembers eating with his dad and mom (who also sang and played piano by ear) at the then-legendary, now-gone Savarin restaurant on Bay St. Later, with his dad at the wheel of the family car, they drove back to Orillia.

At the previous year's Kiwanis festival, in which he placed first in the solo class for boys under 13, and third in boys with unchanged voices, he sang "Alpine Song" and "Under the Greenwood Tree".

Since then, he's sang and composed countless melodies himself, but Lightfoot has never forgotten the songs he sang at the Kiwanis. "I could sing all three of them," he says, "I swear, those times are etched, they're so strong in my mind."

Needless to say, he remains "a fan of the Kiwanis festival," just like his friend, former touring partner and fellow Canadian musical superstar, Liona Boyd.

Like Lightfoot, the first musical competition for the internationally renowned classical guitarist took place on a Kiwanis stage back in the 1960's.

http://lightfoot.ca/kiwanis.htm
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:52 PM   #3
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By far, and without a doubt, "Silent Night."
It is both the most beautiful and the most tear-provoking, for me.

Would that I could hear Gord sing it, just once.

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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Well, I can't find Gord singing Silent Night, but this video includes "Gordon Lightfoot" singing Good King Wenceslas!

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Old 12-23-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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By far, and without a doubt, "Silent Night."
It is both the most beautiful and the most tear-provoking, for me.

Would that I could hear Gord sing it, just once.

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Old 12-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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Great thinking Dave I had not hitherto realised that that superb Sexcond City TV parody was on YouTube.
If it were to be redone they would now add "phone now and get two for the price of one just pay the separate packaging and handling charge (a nominal $500)!
there is of course Gord's favorite track from his acclaimed Christmas album
Ring Then Sleigh Bells
and The Circle Is Small at a pinch!
While Googling around I found this potentially useful graphic from the Kitchener ON concert last May/June

on
http://www.oldies1150.com/Contests/R...ntestID=156210
The Jones boy's Christmas album artwork with some other suitable titles looks like this:-

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Old 12-24-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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Not very Gord-like, but my favorite is Sleigh Ride, especially the Leroy Anderson version.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #8
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"Down in Yon Forest" I think would be a good one for Gord.
Joan Biaz does a beautiful version of that one.

There are many beautiful carols out there, especially international ones.

Maddy Prior form "Steeleye Span" recorded a lovely album of carols. I think it's "Carnival of Carols." Many of the tunes are played using antique instruments.

We're in Mount Pearl, Nfld. this year celebrating Christmas with my 97 year old Mom who is "right as rain" as they say in Nfld.

Very nice thread JJ.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a "Song For A Winter's Night."
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:11 PM   #9
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"The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole and "Linus and Lucy" are tied for first place on my list.

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #10
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Oh Holy night. I stop what I am doing to listen to it.
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