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Old 08-25-2010, 09:19 AM   #1
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I was inordinately pleased to find that Ron has got into the act of uploading to youtube
from: lighthead2toe | August 14, 2010
Ron Jones performing Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter's Night" on Granville Island Vancouver BC August Friday the 13th 2010
Great recent performance Ron and very nice to see your actual Granville Island location
 
We need more Ron MORE
I now have my fingers crossed that you are really busy practising your cover of
Magic Minstrel Show
preparatory to putting it on youtube
"yes I will" "yes I will"!!

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Old 08-25-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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Awesome great guitar playing as well.
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:32 PM   #3
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That was a fine performance indeed. Great guitar work and true to the original. Hope to see more...
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:15 PM   #4
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I was inordinately pleased to find that Ron has got into the act of uploading to youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_7Cy2dADJQ
from: lighthead2toe | August 14, 2010
Ron Jones performing Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For A Winter's Night" on Granville Island Vancouver BC August Friday the 13th 2010
Great recent performance Ron and very nice to see your actual Granville Island location
 
We need more Ron MORE
I now have my fingers crossed that you are really busy practising your cover of
Magic Minstrel Show
preparatory to putting it on youtube
"yes I will" "yes I will"!!
Thanks John.

I love the act but it was my son, Liam who recorded it and put it on You Tube; at my request of course because I wouldn't know the first thing on how to approach such a daunting task.
I'm still hung up on the rotary phone thing.

But the "Magic Minstrel Show." Yes, I checked out the lyrics and they are of course very beautiful as one would expect from the pen of the master, and the chords don't seem to present any problem but I have yet to hear the song.
Is there some way you can send it to me?

The elder Jones.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:36 PM   #5
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That was a fine performance indeed. Great guitar work and true to the original. Hope to see more...
Thank you guys for your kind comments.

The guitar lick was taught to me by Paul Bartlett, a good friend and student of the late Red Shea, Gord's former lead guitar player.

I merely dressed it up a tad by playing the song in the "drop D mode" by using a capo to cover the low "E" string on the fifth fret and a second capo (Shubb) to cover the "A, D, G, B and high E" strings on the seventh fret and playing it in the "D" position.

It seems to find it's own blend that particular way.

To me it's one of Gordon's most powerful pieces of work and I love the song dearly and never get tired playing it. The audience response is most positive.

Cheers,

RJ.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:58 AM   #6
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Thanks John.

... I have yet to hear the song.
Is there some way you can send it to me?
good luck


hey, rj...when r u in town?
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:13 AM   #7
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JJ- LOLOL!

if you guys get together let me know and I'll see if I can make it too!!
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:33 AM   #8
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I'm still hung up on the rotary phone thing.
But the "Magic Minstrel Show." Yes, I checked out the lyrics and they are of course very beautiful as one would expect from the pen of the master, and the chords don't seem to present any problem but I have yet to hear the song.
Is there some way you can send it to me?
The elder Jones.
Now now Ron it really is about time that you hung up your old rotary phone
Younger readers may well be wondering what you are talking about anyway, and as an aside I well remember the wonderment I felt soon after my arrival in Montreal in 1964 when I found that I could havein my own home one of the newfangled push button phones,

not only that but Bell Canada (as it then was) even offerred without prompting to supply an extra long connecting cable so that the phone location was not restricted to being near go the socket as was enforced in the UK.
I had of course heard about these push button phones back in the UK but at that time the British Post Office (Royal Mail) had a complete and unreasonable monopoly on the supply of telephone equipment including the installation and you were forbidden under the threat of fines or deportation or worse

to modify or extend their wiring or heaven forbid connect a different phone (the excuse being that it might damage their precious system!). indeed it was not until well after I had returned to England in late 1969 that sense prevailed and one could legally purchase and install modern phones, wiring and sockets but (initially at least) not until the PO engineers had tested and approved any alternative modern phone to replace the prewar design which was still the standard Post Office issue
Now regarding the MMS recording In my posting at: -
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showpost.php?p=162597&postcount=6
I did say:-
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Yes I have now heard this extreme rarity in a February 1983 concert bootleg

one of those that Wayne failed to get and publish the setlist for
most noticeable and memorable is the fact that the "male chorus" are very prominent singing the "yes I will" refrains
Also performed was a sublime Seven Island Suite, Biscuit City and Salute
I found this old thread whilst hunting for another old thread which I clearly remember listed songs which never to anyone's knowledge had ever been performed live (i think possibly Salute was one of them??) Does anybody remember or is able to refind that thread to check
One has to assume that MMS is in Wayne's extensive collection because he was obviously able to hear it in order to transcribe the lyrics
i will be passing details to at least two keen collectors shortly[/quote]
and I surmised that basically punters would wish to have the complete concert recording that contained this rare live rendition, and I fully intended creating a zip file to upload to rapidshare. But unfortunately the original compiler of both the streaming all in one low quality wmv file sugarmegs recording at
http://tela.sugarmegs.org/_asxtela/GordonLightfoot1983-02-17OperaHouseSanFranciscoCA.asx
(which anybody can find if they take the trouble)
and a high quality FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) file set torrent
whilst he must be applauded for making this gem of a bootleg available he had done a very poor job trancribing from the original recording because three tracks were double songs and the magnificent Seven Island Suite recording was in two pieces one of which i at a lower ound level bevause it appears to be monaural. I confess that I have yet to sort this out to my satisfaction nor have I uploaded the whole concert but I will now upload a high quality mp3 of the Magic Minstrel Show rendition and pass the link to Ron
That thread that I could not then find is subject:-
Help request: from long time concert goers
at:-
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=19529&highlight=cabaret
and Jones The Younger's posting of "the list of standard recording that have not been
(p)layed live, to the best our collective knowledge? is at:-
http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showpost.php?p=151475&postcount=22

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:26 PM   #9
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Hey John.

That MP3 suggestion would be great.

But please, not TOO MANY NOTES.

The elder J.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:30 PM   #10
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JJ- LOLOL!

if you guys get together let me know and I'll see if I can make it too!!
Hey guys.

I would love that!

Will stay posted.

RJ.
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:56 PM   #11
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ron, do you have to arm wrestle this fella (i'd wondered what'd become of Jon Montgomery) for your Granville Island busking spot?


he's got a lot of heart
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #12
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Hey JJ.

This would be me had I kept up the lifestyle I was living in the sixties. But I would definitely have to have a capo and put it on the fifth fret and play RDP in the key of "G."

Actually these folks are quite harmless and they can be also be entertaining.

Some just fall through the cracks.

As Gord says in "Face of A Thousand People:"

"There are those less fortunate than I."

As regards to Jon; the last time I saw him he was drinking beer out of a stein almost his own size. That guy likes to party.

Stay loose.

RJ.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:55 PM   #13
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the last time I saw him he was drinking beer out of a stein almost his own size. .
probably drinking GOLDen, eh

ok, til next time, master balladeer
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:42 PM   #14
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Our RJ busking in Ottawa and making friends with a "Question Mark" butterfly:
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:52 PM   #15
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Oh yes, another highlightheaded moment came with this one.

It's Worth Believin', believe me.

I called it the "Bitter Green Butterfly" as it arrived as I was introducing Gord's "Bitter Green," another fav of mine.

Of course it completely upstaged me, and it lingered on ..... (sorry, got carried away a bit there) my hand and the last thing I would ever do would be to shoo away a beautiful butterfly in all it's radient glory and vigor.

It was a very special day; a day to remember.

Butterflies Under Lightfoot Skies.

There just might be song there somewhere down the road.

Crazy me.
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