Thursday, August 06, 2015

Song of the Day: 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' by Canadian Idol Contestants

Costume change for second set

My brothers came up from Washington to see Gordon Lightfoot with me at B.B. King recently, marking the 36th anniversary of the first time we saw the Canadian folk legend together in concert. (The first time was at Gammage Memorial Hall, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Arizona State University in the early 1960s, which is technically my first concert.) The night had a lot of sentimental value, but Gord is nearly 77 and says he's "living on borrowed time" and it showed, with his pretty much whisper-talking his way through the "songs." Impressively, though, he performed -- peppering the music with stories from his life and career -- for nearly two hours, yet still managed to do entirely too many post-Golden Era songs, which means that even at death's door he remains an "artist." One favorite from our first time seeing him is "Canadian Railroad Trilogy." He didn't do it, but my brother Bill found these kids Up North performing it with Gord in the audience, which sounds a lot better anyway and is about as cute as it gets!

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