The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Gordon Lightfoot

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  1. Hedley Says:

    The Edmund Fitzgerald was sunk on Superior near Sault St Marie, known in these parts as “The Soo” . The lost souls are remembered each year as the bells ring out in the Mariners Church in Detroit.

    • katry Says:

      I knew about the bells at one time but had forgotten. I find that touching.

      • Hedley Says:

        As a result of your post, I checked Gordon Lightfoot’s tour dates and he is currently trundling through Canada as “The Legendary” and heading to Duncan on the big island where my cousin lives.

        Other than Duncan is absolutely beautiful you can see GL for a modest $100C a ticket. If you want the VIP ticket, you gather with like minded souls and could be one of three to meet the great man.

        I don’t know if cousin Peter is going.

      • katry Says:

        I saw Lightfoot ten or fifteen years back, and age has not been kind to him. His voice was not Lightfoot but some stranger who had horrible problems with a variety of notes. I was sad.

      • Scott Says:

        Kate – I saw that tour. Supposedly he’s gotten better. He had a ruptured aneurysm in his diaphragm. It almost killed him. Think about a singer having diaphragm issues. They stop singing from their lungs, and start singing through their nose. That’s EXACTLY what he sounded like. Right?

        Supposedly he’s better now. I wouldn’t bet my $ on it though.


      • katry Says:

        That is exactly how he sounded. I was devastated. It would be a good thing if he were better, but, like you, I wouldn’t put my money on it.

      • scott04073 Says:

        Kate – I left after 3 songs. It wasn’t a cheap ticket either. I just didn’t want to tarnish my memory of him. I’ve only recently started listening to his music again.


      • katry Says:

        I was horribly disappointed by him at that concert. I wanted my Lightfoot and the only way I’d get him was by listening to albums.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Lightfoot, the master of shipwreck songs. I love his Ballad of the Yarmouth Castle but this isn’t bad either.
    Different music:
    Last night a blog posted a song by the Ghanaian psychedelic-organ-funk(?) group The Psychedelic Aliens (1969-71, also known as The Magic Aliens). Interesting powerful music. In the unlikely case you haven’t heard of them, a YouTube playlist with some songs:

    • katry Says:

      The boat sunk off shore was where this choice came from. They used the ship for target practice. I still remember hearing the blasts of guns.

      I haven’t ever heard this. If I had with knowing who it is, no way would I have guessed Ghanaian. Music in Ghana has come a long way.

    • katry Says:

      I always thought this was such a fun song. and the video too is lots of fun. The lyrics are a bit strange but who cares?

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