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Enjoyed an evening with Gordon Lightfoot at the Hoyt Sherman Theater this last Wednesday. The Hoyt Sherman would be considered an "intimate" venue with 1250 seats available and that includes the balcony where we sat. There really is not a bad seat in the house and the turn of the century restoration is simply top notch.
Gordon,at 74, has certainly aged but haven't we all. His voice lacks the clarity of his youth and at times it was difficult to understand his lyrics which is a shame because his lyrics were always the strongest point to his composition. The excellent sound system at Hoyt Sherman certainly helped. However, Gordon's familiar flat picking guitar style has not diminished at all and in fact is better than ever. Despite his voice he seemed relaxed and enjoyed playing to a vastly appreciative audience. I mean really, who else other than an dyed in the wool fan would show up on a Wednesday night to hear a veritable folk/rock legend. His performance was still laid back and thoroughly enjoyable. He played all of his best hits and for me his soulful rendition of Early Morning Rain topped all other renditions I have heard over the years. In addition Gordon's back up musicians are first rate and they never missed a beat. All in all Gordon my have aged like the rest of us boomers but last night he proved his place as a rock legend is certainly secure.