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Gordon Lightfoot - "(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me"

It was using the guitar/bass introduction/theme to this song that my editor, Max Maki, taught me that Gordon Lightfoot is good. Will you prove to be as good a student as I was? [Buy]


Melon Galia (feat. Conor Oberst) - "n'en parlons plus"

My editor, Max Maki, has as of yet been unable to teach me that Bright Eyes is good. I don't really like him. But, I can attest to the powerful soporific effects of this tiny baby of a song. It sounds like a record player in a light rainstorm on a warm night or it feels like pulling a heavy quilt up to your neck on one of those late fall/early winter nights when it's cold outside but before the heat in your building is turned on.

It is, however, entirely amoral. With no regard for consequences or my well-being, "n'en parlons plus" wants me to go to bed right now instead of soldiering on and studying a bit more, like I should do. [Buy]

Posted by Jordan at November 30, 2004 5:58 AM

You don't like Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes? I am really looking forward to his two new albums. I haven't heard much of it, but the songs from the singles (Lua and Take It Easy) are very promising.

Posted by Jack Owl at November 30, 2004 1:30 PM

I've always had a soft sport for Gordon Lightfoot...my wife doesn't understand it...but oh well...

There's something about a musician who wears their heart on their sleeve that makes it all good, eh?

Posted by guanoboy at November 30, 2004 1:40 PM

I grew up with Gordon Lightfoot. I have a real sentimental attachement to his voice and especially the "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

Posted by Jesse at November 30, 2004 4:47 PM

I'm actually quite fond of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Heard it for the first time, once, in high school, didn't hear it again for about a decade, and recognized the melody immediately in some department store.

And Bright Eyes is quite good IMO.

Posted by Tuwa at December 1, 2004 2:00 AM

Finally, someone posts Gordon Lightfoot on a blog! Do check out his first two album, available on one disc from Bear Family: Lightfoot & The Way I Feel.

He's on my best and worst concert lists: amazing solo acoustic, god-awful with a band that included a keyboard player emulating the string parts to his hits.


Posted by muddybrookrambler at December 1, 2004 10:02 AM

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