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Old 10-21-2019, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default NEW article-interview with Gordon

''Iíll have new songs out sometime in the new year, in the spring. I hope Iíll perform again. Sometimes I wonder. ''


A leg injury this summer caused the postponement of a number of his scheduled concerts, but Gordon Lightfoot didnít appear to be on the limp while attending the Canadian premiere of Girl From the North Country at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto recently. The 80-year-old troubadour spoke to The Globe and Mail about the Dylan-inspired musical, Joni Mitchellís kitchen table and a stage production of Lightfoot songs that never got off the ground.

I took a fall in July while I was doing my workout routine. But Iím getting around now. Iím not in pain.

I saw Girl From the North Country. Many of the Bob Dylan songs in the musical Iíd never heard of, though there were five titles I recognized immediately. Hurricane, which they did on the Rolling Thunder Review tour in í75, is dedicated to the boxer Ruben Carter. I recognized that one, and I recognized Like a Rolling Stone, Slow Train, of course, and Forever Young. But there are 20 songs of his in the musical. Iíd hear a song and think ďDid Bob write that?Ē But there it is. I give them credit for digging deeply into Bobís repertoire.

Forever Young came out great, and two or three other ones really filled the room. I enjoyed the concept and the production. But who doesnít enjoy a live performance like that?

The subject of doing a musical based on my songs was approached at one point by a group from Stratford Festival. I had a meeting with them a few years ago. I was going to pick out some song titles, and dig deep into my own stuff. But nothing ever became of that, which was fine by me. I was always busy.

I do go out and see music. I saw Tom Rush at Hughís Room here in Toronto last year. He was a real luminary from the folk revival in the 1960s, and the first person to do a Joni Mitchell tune. I remember, back in the day, we were all hanging out together at Joniís place in Detroit. She and [husband] Chuck had a three-floor walk-up apartment. At that point, Joni didnít have a record deal, but she wasnít far off. Tom and I were listening to these amazing tunes of hers at the kitchen table. I didnít pick up on them, but Tom did. Heís a gifted artist. I go see him because I think heís a great performer.

Iíll have new songs out sometime in the new year, in the spring. I hope Iíll perform again. Sometimes I wonder. But when I do perform, I feel like the connection with my audience is very strong. I can feel it. Itís a wonderful place to be, on stage. Iíve been told the audience is just happy to spend a couple of hours with me. I like to think the feeling is mutual.

This interview has been edited and condensed.
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:20 PM   #2
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Lovely article ó and new songs to look forward to hearing? Bonus!

Spending a couple of weeks in the Seattle area visiting the granddaughters (and missing the snow storm back home, lol.) Havenít posted in a while but pop in to check out whatís new from time to time.
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