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Favorite non-rock staples

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« on: August 02, 2010, 06:22:41 pm »

Gordon Lightfoot.

From the haunting notes of Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the imagery of Canadian Railway Trilogy, the simply spun love songs like Song for a Winter's Night, Shadows and Never Say Trust Me, the mournful classic break up songs like If You Could Read my Mind, I'm Not Supposed to Care and The Circle is Small, the more upbeat break up songs like Carefree Highway, sad story songs like Circle of Steel and Cherokee Bend, happy songs about enjoying life like Christian Island... I could go on forever.   

If Minstrel of the Dawn is supposed to be autobiographical, he truly underestimated his talent. He's a master craftsman of lyrics, and his songs have a way of sinking in and sticking.  One line that's always struck me is from Circle of Steel, about the alcoholic welfare mother telling her child that his father is in prison:  "Christmas comes and the snow lets up and the sun hits the handle of her heirloom cup. She hides her face in her hands for awhile and says 'look here, child. Your father's pride was his means to provide and he's serving three years for that reason.'"   Who else can take a story like that and make it into a song?
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