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Gordon Lightfoot is 75 – And Sings Moon’s Favorite Song

People ask me from time to time, “Moon, what’s your favorite song”. My response has been for at least 40 years, Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Last Time I Saw Her”. Yesterday, Gordon’s 75th birthday, seems an appropriate time for me to share this with you. The You Tube video is not the original recording, but is a great representation of the song as he sings it in a live performance. When I first became acquainted with the tune was around 1971. In Louisville, at WINN, my music director, the late Al Risen, was a real musicologist. I asked Al, “What’s this song mean”. He said “Anything you want it to mean”. I love that. Later that year, that song became so meaningful to me as it helped me through a really rough period in my life. In later years, many of Gordon Lightfoot’s songs became favorites of mine. In 1983, his tunes led me to a fellow Lightfoot lover, Debra, who became my wife. So, happy birthday Gordon Lightfoot, a contemporary troubadour for certain.

 

 

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