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Old 12-02-2003, 03:03 PM   #1
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Lightfoot remains weak but still working
To attend songwriters' gala


Canadian Press


Tuesday, December 02, 2003


CREDIT: (CP/Frank Gunn)


TORONTO (CP) -- Gordon Lightfoot is still weak after an abdominal hemorrhage more than a year ago, but he plans to attend a gala reception Wednesday night as he's inducted into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

The singing legend has been through two rounds of surgery and has another scheduled for the spring. "It's moving along," Lightfoot, 65, said of his health in a recent interview, one of the very few he's given since falling ill in Orillia, Ont., and being rushed to McMaster hospital in Hamilton.

"I'm blessed in quite a few ways. I've got good help, I am mobile, and I'm feeling not too bad. I'm just getting ready for the next round (of surgery)."

Lightfoot spent about three months in hospital, but began work on a new record, Harmony, from his bed. He plans to release it in the spring.

"It's very fortuitous that we were able to complete an album at all because when I became ill we were not able to record either and still are not able to do so," said Lightfoot, whose voice remains fragile.

Vocal and guitar tracks he recorded during rehearsals prior to his illness are being used as the foundation for the album. The band over-dubbed onto those tracks from a studio near the hospital where Lightfoot was recuperating.

"They could bring the stuff over and I could hear it as they were doing it, because I was installed in my room at the hospital with a CD machine and a headset. So they would burn me a CD at the end of the day and bring it over and I would get to hear everything they did all afternoon over there," recalled the singer.

"I already had the parts, I had all the charts prepared. We were ready to record all this stuff collectively. So it's lucky that we had the practice tracks to go back to because I used those for basic tracks. I found enough good solid takes in there to make up an album."

To help celebrate the music of Lightfoot and the other inductees to the new hall of fame, 44 Canadian musicians have been asked to pay tribute including Blue Rodeo, Tom Cochrane and Canadian Idol Audrey de Montigny.

Organizers will highlight the fact that home-grown songwriters' works have been performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley.

The other inductees, first announced in September, are posthumous: Alfred Bryan, considered a forefather of Canadian songwriting, Nova Scotia country singer Hank Snow and early Quebec celebrities Felix Leclerc and Madame Bolduc.

Leonardo DiCaprio sang part of Bryan's classic Come Josephine In My Flying Machine to co-star Kate Winslet in the 1997 movie Titanic.

In addition to the inductees, 12 made-in-Canada popular songs have been enshrined, including Red River Valley, Snowbird, I'll Never Smile Again, Aquarius and the Christian hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

The two-hour gala will be broadcast Sunday on CBC Radio's OnStage, on CBC Radio One at 8:05 pm ET and CBC Radio Two at 2:05 pm ET.

Lightfoot said if he's made any impact on the new generation of performers, it's a consistent work ethic.

"When you tackle a career of this kind you have got to keep coming up with the material all the time and that can be a problem for quite a few people," he said.

"To show that it can be done, that you can stay consistent and keep doing it you know is like setting a good example for those who want to give it a shot ... I guess I display that kind of devotion in keeping up with my endeavours and I create a good example for artists who are on the way up."

Eventually the hall of fame will exist as a physical museum but in the meantime a virtual museum will be created online by early 2004.

Founded in 1998, the CSHF is a bilingual, non-profit organization dedicated to honouring, celebrating and educating Canadians about the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian popular music songwriters and those who have contributed significantly to their legacy.

Copyright 2003 The Canadian Press
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:03 PM   #2
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Lightfoot remains weak but still working
To attend songwriters' gala


Canadian Press


Tuesday, December 02, 2003


CREDIT: (CP/Frank Gunn)


TORONTO (CP) -- Gordon Lightfoot is still weak after an abdominal hemorrhage more than a year ago, but he plans to attend a gala reception Wednesday night as he's inducted into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

The singing legend has been through two rounds of surgery and has another scheduled for the spring. "It's moving along," Lightfoot, 65, said of his health in a recent interview, one of the very few he's given since falling ill in Orillia, Ont., and being rushed to McMaster hospital in Hamilton.

"I'm blessed in quite a few ways. I've got good help, I am mobile, and I'm feeling not too bad. I'm just getting ready for the next round (of surgery)."

Lightfoot spent about three months in hospital, but began work on a new record, Harmony, from his bed. He plans to release it in the spring.

"It's very fortuitous that we were able to complete an album at all because when I became ill we were not able to record either and still are not able to do so," said Lightfoot, whose voice remains fragile.

Vocal and guitar tracks he recorded during rehearsals prior to his illness are being used as the foundation for the album. The band over-dubbed onto those tracks from a studio near the hospital where Lightfoot was recuperating.

"They could bring the stuff over and I could hear it as they were doing it, because I was installed in my room at the hospital with a CD machine and a headset. So they would burn me a CD at the end of the day and bring it over and I would get to hear everything they did all afternoon over there," recalled the singer.

"I already had the parts, I had all the charts prepared. We were ready to record all this stuff collectively. So it's lucky that we had the practice tracks to go back to because I used those for basic tracks. I found enough good solid takes in there to make up an album."

To help celebrate the music of Lightfoot and the other inductees to the new hall of fame, 44 Canadian musicians have been asked to pay tribute including Blue Rodeo, Tom Cochrane and Canadian Idol Audrey de Montigny.

Organizers will highlight the fact that home-grown songwriters' works have been performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley.

The other inductees, first announced in September, are posthumous: Alfred Bryan, considered a forefather of Canadian songwriting, Nova Scotia country singer Hank Snow and early Quebec celebrities Felix Leclerc and Madame Bolduc.

Leonardo DiCaprio sang part of Bryan's classic Come Josephine In My Flying Machine to co-star Kate Winslet in the 1997 movie Titanic.

In addition to the inductees, 12 made-in-Canada popular songs have been enshrined, including Red River Valley, Snowbird, I'll Never Smile Again, Aquarius and the Christian hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

The two-hour gala will be broadcast Sunday on CBC Radio's OnStage, on CBC Radio One at 8:05 pm ET and CBC Radio Two at 2:05 pm ET.

Lightfoot said if he's made any impact on the new generation of performers, it's a consistent work ethic.

"When you tackle a career of this kind you have got to keep coming up with the material all the time and that can be a problem for quite a few people," he said.

"To show that it can be done, that you can stay consistent and keep doing it you know is like setting a good example for those who want to give it a shot ... I guess I display that kind of devotion in keeping up with my endeavours and I create a good example for artists who are on the way up."

Eventually the hall of fame will exist as a physical museum but in the meantime a virtual museum will be created online by early 2004.

Founded in 1998, the CSHF is a bilingual, non-profit organization dedicated to honouring, celebrating and educating Canadians about the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian popular music songwriters and those who have contributed significantly to their legacy.

Copyright 2003 The Canadian Press
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:28 PM   #3
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That is truly what he has helped other artists' realize, what it takes to keep on keepin' on.
Thanks again Annie!
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:28 PM   #4
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That is truly what he has helped other artists' realize, what it takes to keep on keepin' on.
Thanks again Annie!
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Old 12-03-2003, 10:50 AM   #5
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Same article but I like the picture in the Vancouver paper:
http://www.canada.com/vancouver/thep...0-74EB797B7301
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Same article but I like the picture in the Vancouver paper:
http://www.canada.com/vancouver/thep...0-74EB797B7301
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Old 12-03-2003, 01:09 PM   #7
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He looks happy! Thanks for posting.
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Old 12-03-2003, 01:09 PM   #8
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He looks happy! Thanks for posting.
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Old 12-03-2003, 04:33 PM   #9
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Smile Gordon! You more than deserve to!

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It is a great picture I wonder when it was taken, I don't think I have ever seen him smile like that he always seems so reserved and dignified.
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It is a great picture I wonder when it was taken, I don't think I have ever seen him smile like that he always seems so reserved and dignified.
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that pic looks a couple of years old - from a Juno award show possibly...
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that pic looks a couple of years old - from a Juno award show possibly...
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