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Old 10-08-2016, 07:40 PM   #1
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NEW SONG COMING! It was the hula hoop that set Gordon Lightfoot’s songwriting career in motion.

Although he had been performing since age 5, Lightfoot, who is regarded as Canada’s greatest songwriter, didn’t write his first song until he was almost out of high school.

“It just came to me to write a topical song about a fad. It was the hula hoop craze,” Lightfoot, who will perform Tuesday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th, said by telephone from his home in Toronto.

Lightfoot, who will turn 78 on Nov. 17, recalled that Life magazine devoted a cover story to the craze.

“I sat down and I wrote a song about what I saw on the cover of this magazine,” he said.

“And being the adventurous person that I was at the time,” Lightfoot, who had just learned how to drive, persuaded his father to let him drive his car 60 miles to the Toronto offices of BMI, the international publishing rights group.

The young Lightfoot, guitar in hand, demoed “The Hula Hoop Song” for someone at BMI Canada, who ended the meeting with a thanks-but-no-thanks dismissal of “Leave your name with our receptionist and we’ll call you.” However, the guy also must have heard potential in Lightfoot’s music and lyrics because he asked whether he had written anything else.

“I don’t even really know how to write music. I don’t know anything about notation,” Lightfoot told the man.

“It was then that I decided that when I left high school I would go to music school, and that’s exactly what I did,” Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot said he needed to learn how to put his music and lyrics on paper to protect his intellectual property rights through what is called a “poor man’s copyright.” That was the practice of sending the sheet music to one’s self by registered mail, then leaving the letter unopened until it was needed in a plagiarism case to demonstrate who wrote the song first.

“I’ve got a stack of those a foot thick in my house right now,” he said with a chuckle.

Eventually, all of Lightfoot’s songs were properly registered. Those include such memorable ones as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song for a Winter’s Night” and “Rainy Day People.”

Those songs have made Lightfoot one of the best-selling folk-pop artists of all times, but he said his 220 songs and 20 albums pale in comparison to someone like Bob Dylan.

“He has something like about 60 or 70 original albums. It’s a huge output,” Lightfoot said.

While Dylan may have written many more songs than Lightfoot, Dylan has said, “I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like. Every time I hear a song of his, I wish it would last forever.”

Lightfoot said his catalog of songs might be larger were it not for what is required of him to create them.

“With me it was cutting myself off from family, and it resulted in problems,” said the three-time married Lightfoot, who though clean and sober has admitted to to resorting to alcohol and drugs as “stimulants” for songwriting.

Lightfoot said he has to isolate himself to write.

“Sometimes I would find a house that was standing empty and go and work there for a few days, here right in the city,” he said. “Sometimes I would fly to Britain and go into a hotel room and write songs for five days, and fly home again back here in Toronto.”

“I remember when I wrote one of my best songs, get this, during a thunderstorm in downtown Cleveland in the middle of July,” Lightfoot said. “I was using an apartment as a place to stay while I was working at La Cave, the folk club in Cleveland. It was quite a well-known club at the time. The song was called ‘Song for a Winter’s Night.’”

That song and many others written by Lightfoot have been recorded by scores of other singers, including Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith and George Hamilton IV.

Asked what he thinks of how others have interpreted his material, Lightfoot responded: “I can tell you, I have never heard a cover recording that I did not like. The reason is I am so totally honored, just absolutely honored, that anyone would care enough to do one of my tunes.”

The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee credits his desire to have his songs heard with helping him recover from an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2002 that kills 95 percent of those who have them.

“So the fact that I was among the 5 percent who survived, that was a bit of a miracle,” he said.

What helped Lightfoot recover, he said, was the desire to complete an album of songs he had written after he moved into a new home “at the request of my second old lady,” he said, with a laugh.

Lightfoot composed 18 songs and started recording them and rehearsing them with his band.

“The guitar parts and the vocals were done,” said Lightfoot, who from the hospital began directing his band on how to complete the album.

“For the next 14 months, I never even thought about my condition,” Lightfoot recalled. “I never thought about going into the hospital, going out of the hospital, healing, going back in, healing again. All I thought about was that record, and I was working on it even through the time of two different colostomies that I had to endure. I finished it, and it was my last album, ‘Harmony.’ It’s called ‘Harmony.’”

It took Lightfoot 28 months to return to the stage.

“The first thing I did was a show that was a benefit for the hospital that looked after me the whole time,” said Lightfoot.

In 2006. Lightfoot suffered a minor stroke that left him unable to use the middle and ring fingers on his right hand.

He was back performing nine days later.

“I couldn’t play, but my band carried the tune,” he said. “I got back to normal after about five or six months, and I believe that I have about 98 percent strength back in my right hand.”

Lightfoot, who made his TPAC debut in 2009, said he remains eager to perform concerts, which he said includes his biggest hits, as well as some from deeper in his catalog.

“We’re all excited,” he said of getting ready for the tour that will bring him to Topeka.

“There are 14 people traveling in the party, and everybody’s looking forward to it. Right now they’re looking after family obligations here at home,” said Lightfoot, who said he stays involved with four children and five grandchildren in the Toronto area.

“Everybody looks after their business at home, and then we get out there and do the music,” he said. “I have great fun with the crowd, I really do.”

And as for any new music from Lightfoot, he responded, “Between my third wife and my secretary, they are bound and determined that I’m going to put a single up, so we’re going to do that.”

Lightfoot said his fans should look for Warner Bros. to release a single called “Plans of My Own” on Nov. 24.


What: “Gordon Lightfoot in Concert: The Legend Lives On”

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11

Where: Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th

Tickets: $67.50 and $52.50 plus any applicable taxes or fees, on sale at the TPAC box office or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:07 PM   #2
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Best news I've heard for awhile!!!! Cannot wait to hear it.
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Old 10-10-2016, 02:55 AM   #3
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Wow - great news!
Being released on the same day as the 2nd of the 4 Massey shows that week - I wonder if he'll sing it that night? What a treat that would be for all those there! Wish I could be one of them. I'm counting on someone posting here to tell all the rest of us all about it!

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Cool news! I hope the Massey Hall audiences get to hear it!

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Old 10-24-2016, 04:02 PM   #5
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Hope he goes further and puts out a whole album!
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:58 PM   #6
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Posted Oct 26, 2016 3:07 pm EDT Last Updated Oct 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT
TORONTO – Gordon Lightfoot is digging into the archives to give listeners his first unreleased track in 12 years.

The “If You Could Read My Mind” singer announced Wednesday that “Plans of My Own” will arrive at digital retailers and streaming music services on Nov. 18.

The song was recorded in 2001 and “showcases Lightfoot on his signature 12 string guitar and singing at his best,” his record label said.

Lightfoot is plowing through a number of U.S. tour dates this month before a series of Ontario shows in November. The cities include Chatham, Kitchener, Belleville and Ottawa.

He’ll also continue his annual tradition of a run of shows at Toronto’s Massey Hall from Nov. 23 to 26.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:20 PM   #7
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Esteemed Canadian singer-songwriter (and neighbour to Aubrey Graham) Gordon Lightfoot last released a proper studio LP in 2004. Twelve years on, the artist is set to release a new song to fans next month.

A single titled “Plans of My Own” will see release on November 18 on all streaming services. Recorded in 2001, the track reportedly “showcases Lightfoot on his signature 12 string guitar and singing at his best.”

The release coincides with a string of tour dates for Lightfoot, including a four-night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto on November 23, 24, 25 and 26. As of press time, there hasn’t been a mention of a feature appearance from his new neighbour.

Along with “Plans of My Own,” Warner Music Canada will also reissue Lightfoot’s 1976 album Summertime Dream on 180-gram vinyl for Black Friday. Noted for containing Lightfoot’s celebrated tune “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” the reissue will include a track titled “Betty Called Me In” that was left off the original release.

Scroll through Lightfoot’s November tour dates below to hear his iconic retelling of the Edmund Fitzgerald’s story in the player below.

Tour dates:

11/16 Chatham, ON – Capitol Theatre
11/17 Kitchener, ON – Center In The Square
11/18 Belleville, ON – Empire Theatre
11/19 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Center
11/23 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
11/24 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
11/25 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
11/26 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:46 PM   #8
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1 hour ago
New Gordon Lightfoot release found in Grant Avenue basement

Graham Rockingham | Hamilton Spectator

Bob Doidge was rummaging through the basement of Grant Avenue Studio a couple of months ago when he came across dozens of recordings made by Gordon Lightfoot 20 years ago.

Most were outtakes from the 1996 album "A Painter Passing Through," which Lightfoot recorded at Grant Avenue with Doidge as co-producer. There were also the master tapes for the album and a little gem of a long-forgotten song called "Plans of My Own."

It never made the album, but probably should have.

So Doidge, owner of Grant Avenue, phoned up Lightfoot's manager in Toronto and asked what he should do with all this tape.

Lightfoot got back to him and told him to destroy it all. Lightfoot, like many artists, doesn't like subpar outtakes hanging around.

I said, 'Well, Gord, I can't throw three of the rolls away, because they're the Painter album … and there's a song down there which blew me away. I sing it to myself all the time. I can't throw that song out."

"Which song?" Lightfoot asked.

"Plans of My Own," Doidge replied.

"Did I ever finish that?" Lightfoot asked.

"As far as I'm concerned you did," Doidge replied.

The track, a sentimental song about moving on to new things, was recorded solo, just Lightfoot singing while fingerpicking his 12-string acoustic guitar. It's classic Lightfoot, with a hummable melody. His voice is strong and his guitar playing fluid.

Lightfoot asked Doidge to send him a copy. Doidge, with the help of sound engineer Amy King, dutifully mixed it and sent it on. Lightfoot loved it and passed it on to his record label, Warner, in Los Angeles.

They liked it, too. On Friday, Nov. 18 Warner is releasing "Plans of My Own" as a digital single, available on streaming services.

"Plans of My Own" is the first new Lightfoot music in 12 years, and its release is planned to coincide with the kickoff of the 77-year-old songwriter's upcoming Ontario tour which includes four shows at Toronto's Massey Hall, Nov. 23-26, and one in Kitchener at Centre in the Square on Nov. 17.

Warner is also re-releasing the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot album "Summertime Dream" on 180-gram vinyl on Nov. 25. "Summertime Dream" has been expanded to include the track "Betty Called Me In" that was left off the original album. The song, however, was included on the 1999 collection "Songbook."
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oh its a new release... not a new song (12 yrs ago?) .... still interesting to hear!
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It seems it was written when his marriage was in jeopardy back in 2000 or so and the other tunes on Harmony were written as well...
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