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Old 07-28-2010, 07:23 AM   #51
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lighthead2toe, I know what you mean, I would never put a 10 gallon hat on a 2 pint head.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:24 PM   #52
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I shall cease and desist... -Tim
too bad, I enjoyed every word of it...probably a top 10 Corfid thread, imo

Jessie, THANK YOU for taking the time to do those scans...I will give em a go!
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:22 PM   #53
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You are very welcome jj !
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:38 PM   #54
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But my dear friends, it would be untimely to lay this thread to rest when it has not yet come fully to fruition.

I recall in a newsgroup post by Richard Harrison, who doesn't post here, but in that post he told that when Gord composed, he wrote down the actual musical score, or "all the notes," or something to that effect. (he might have even mentioned Mozart). It was quite a while ago and I am unable to find it in the newsgroup discussion. Maybe John could help us here with his skill at bringing up "all the notes."

But as I mentioned, the songbook I have has "all those notes" in there that Gord wrote because they are the originals, in his own handwriting and I want to share them here and will pursue that goal as soon as I can find a way to have them scanned.

Stay loose,
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:13 PM   #55
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I recall in a newsgroup post by Richard Harrison, who doesn't post here, but in that post he told that when Gord composed, he wrote down the actual musical score, or "all the notes," or something to that effect. (he might have even mentioned Mozart). It was quite a while ago and I am unable to find it in the newsgroup discussion. Maybe John could help us here with his skill at bringing up "all the notes."
RJ.
Ever ready to take up a challenge I have searched the Newsgroup for (initially) "Harison (note only the one "r") notes"
I found this interesting old thread
subject Gord's Recording Process
started by an erk named Kenyon Wallace at:-
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt...a09c654e78d7e6
I also tried several likely other combinations but dismally failed to find one that completely fitted in with Ron's memories but as always I found other interesting threads
Here is another long and readable thread
Songwriting.....is there a trick,formula,?..ideas?
at:-
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt...c05cee97b927ed
Off Topic I also enjoyed
OT: Authorship of Whiter Shade of Pale:-
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt...aa9617b5c91b46
which includes a number of postings by Mr Harison
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:29 PM   #56
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nice old thread gems, sir John (an 'erk'?....lol)

yeah, Ron...i guess many have seen the dramatization of a pajama-clad GL scoring a few measures of Pussywillows in the old CBC Telescope doc

i've assumed that GL brings out the theory and actually compose music (not just author the lyrics) WITHOUT a guitar in hand or piano in front of him if he found himself in that situation...yeah, he's a composer, not just a songwriter

but even if his nature is to be quite rigid and well prepared, i would also think a few alt-arrangements unfold during studio sessions and/or performance rehearsals prior to some of the tracks being laid down

i recall a cute moment during the Gord Downie and Lightfoot songwriters chat when Downie was responding to a question about how the Hip come up with recording material

Downie grinned and said something like 'some ideas are brought along in advance but usually we get set in studio and I say, ok, let's jam in D and see what happens'

Lightfoot looked a bit horrified at Downie's revelation...i had a big inner chuckle on, lol

hey, even though jjo added the youtube link elsewhere, this thread needs it here also....again, congrats and wonderful stuff, 7761864! (can we call you 776 for short? )
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:45 AM   #57
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It's kind of catchy! I just wanted to say thanks again for all the input. It's turned into quite a thread.
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:28 AM   #58
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It's kind of catchy!
... or even shorter: 'double 7'...sounds very agent-ish. lol

maybe the chord notes answer is here:
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Gordon-Lightfoot-...ht_2338wt_1139

i don't effectively read scores or tabs but tried to check out the example they give...it's called Right Here Waiting...dunno that GL track...maybe it's a hidden track off Waiting for You
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:45 AM   #59
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jj. Something somewhat similar to the ebay Lighfoot thing cropped up on this site some little while ago, Homespuntapes do this DVD.

http://www.homespuntapes.com/shop/product.aspx?ID=1424
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:13 AM   #60
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i must have missed it (or been previously disinterested) jim, thanks

it's recent discussion threads that have sparked an interest in the vast selection of GL's musical scores plus all this guitar tab and chord progression chatter
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:09 PM   #61
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jj, I find it very hard to believe that you would be disinterested in anything Gordon Lightfoot. The mind Boggles!
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:59 PM   #62
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lol, jim...so true

hey, brian (aka 776)...have you heard this live version?

for this arrangement (versus studio recording), it just sounds like he's using a straight forward C#m (Bm capo+2) for the chord in question...sounds good...maybe less is more....enjoy


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Old 08-12-2010, 05:11 PM   #63
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Very beautiful,,, your really good at this jj. That song is such another 'GEM' of his, it's simply unbelievable the song writing talent he has. A True Genius !
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:02 AM   #64
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Wow, another great clip. That's a great version and only here, would I get to hear it. Thanks to you JJ , and BTW, that chord sounds the same to me, an Em9 variation, but we've established that my knowledge of chord structure is "hear it and hope".
I'm ready to keep this thread going with another episode of "what's that chord?" Maybe tomorrow after a bit more fumbling around. The song is "Whisper My Name"....
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:26 PM   #65
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thanks and glad some of you may not have heard that live version...cheers
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:20 PM   #66
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Hey guys.

You won't believe this, but I scanned the whole kip & kiboodle, and guess what?

The message came back to me saying there were just "TOO MANY NOTES" for the file to get through (in a language that is beyond the comprehension of this unskilled wannabe computer technocrat)

But bear in mind that this attempt was but a feeble one and of course done by yours truly alone.

However, my advisory council has come to the rescue and they tell me that we will get this thing done come hell or high water.

In my ever expanding desire to share all with what I have in my Gord collection, on my own, I decided to scan "all the photos" that these precious books have within their covers together with "all the notes" and that was not a wise decision as I subsequently discovered. Just "too......."

However, with a little inspiration, we will eventually get this up there on Corfid.

Stay loose.

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Old 09-06-2010, 08:46 PM   #67
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ok.

this is the first try rj.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:54 PM   #68
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Here's the second batch. Touch wood.
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:33 PM   #69
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WOW, ron, even though there are no prizes, you deserve the Order of Canada for this, or at least the Order of Corfid....send me your hogtown agenda and let's give a few of these a whirl....thank YOU for the promises kept
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I'm ready to keep this thread going with another episode of "what's that chord?" Maybe tomorrow after a bit more fumbling around. The song is "Whisper My Name"....
i bet that Kenyon or the legendary Derek (also a closet percussionist as you'll see later in the clip) know...again, cool mic job by Ottawa Mike

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=...25/uJQcHkwptzc
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Hey Jamesd - did you get the mail I sent you as per your request when you were here??
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:56 AM   #72
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yes, thanks! i love getting snail mail! (it was pretty quick actually, lol)

ron/brian...yes, this is Gord's handwriting for sure...for starters see the scoring of the treble clef and time signature notation for part 2 of Cabaret compared to his writing out some lines of Pussywillows in this image below (from the 1968 Telescope)
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WOW, ron, even though there are no prizes, you deserve the Order of Canada for this, or at least the Order of Corfid....send me your hogtown agenda and let's give a few of these a whirl....thank YOU for the promises kept
Hey JJ.

You are too kind!

But thank you and yes, things are getting done, however we still have to put "Whisper My Name" up there and we we'll do that asap.

The hogtown agenda is still "sorting out the hang ups that we find," but I have a call in for Kenyon and right now my guitar is in the trusty hands of Gord's luthier, John Laroque and I should have it back sometime next week.

I'm at "Gogarty's Castle" as usual in Scarborough and will send an email when I'm out of the "Flyin' Blind" zone which hopefully will be when I get back from the dentist tomorrow.

RJ.
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I get back from the dentist tomorrow.

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cool, rj

btw:

tell the dentist to turn off the radio...don't want to lose you before your time!
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:14 PM   #75
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All good news, JJ.

No erroneous radio reports and no cavities. No reason for freezin'! Can't beat that aye bye?

Spoke with Kenyon last night and we will getting together for an early afternoon session sometime next week, date yet to be set. Will keep you posted on that one.

Still have to touch base with John S. and the two Pauls. Better get on to that now.

Stay loose.

RJ.

BTW, John Laroque gave me a lot of stars re my ol' beat up black Yamaha guitar. He really like the way in sounded. Can't wait to hear it after he dresses the frets and sets it "the way he does Gord's" ( at my request.)
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