Lightfoot has stroke in Harris, MI?
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mike

Timmins, Canada

#21 Nov 28, 2006
Gord and I go way back. He paddles his canoe in areas not far from where I live. We've spoken on the phone for a couple of hours after I wrote him to tell him how much of a fan I was and that his music was often the story of my life. I was very interesting to find out directly from him that his song, "Summer Side of Life", was his view on Canadian men who went to Vietnam. I have shed so many tears over that song because I thought it reminded so much of my long lost father. He was actually flattered to think what the song had meant to me for so many years. We shared stories of beating the bottle, stories about our kids, and everything in between. It was like talking to an old friend. He had phoned me when I sent my number, just hoping that his office would phone to give me some discography info. It may sound corny, but I don't like Gord, I love him. His music has kept me warm on many a cold winter night. I hope he lives forever because I couldn't care if he couldn't pick his guitar except with his teeth, ecause he would STILL give it all he had. The consummate musician, and a fantastic human being all around. He doesn't owe anyone anything.
God Bless you Gord. I'll always love you and think of you when I listen to your songs for the thousandth time.
mike

Timmins, Canada

#22 Nov 28, 2006
I don't live in Sudbury. I live 100 miles north in Haileybury.

Since: Jan 07

Martinsburg, WV

#23 Jan 19, 2007
Gordon Lightfoot is a classic! His songs will live on for a long time.
Glenys

Cortez, CO

#24 Feb 19, 2007
I have been a fan of Gordon Lightfoot since Jr. High in Oregon, when I first heard If You Could Read My Mind. Bought the album (vinyl of course) and cried when someone stole it. As soon as I could, bought a new one. Kind of lost track as I raised a family, but found greatest hits on CD, and renewed our aquaintance. Now it is on my "Favorites" list on my Ipod. When CRT or Edmund Fitzgerald are on, I crank it and sing along. Had heard about the first health problem, but news here in the lower 48 was scarce on him following that 1st report. Glad to hear that he is still going, and getting ready to get more music for my ipod. As I live far from ANY venue where he might play, that is as good as it gets for me! God Bless Gordon. He has brightened many a day for me!
Sheryl Northern Calif

AOL

#25 Apr 24, 2007
I had the pleasure of meeting you and partying with you in the late 1970's, mainly in Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and San Jose, as well as the Uni in L.A. I was probably one of hundreds and I doubt you remember me. I was young and had such a terrible crush on you! Your "No. 1 girlfriend" at the time I believe was named Kathy, and you took me to see a sailboat moored near San Jose that was going to be in a New Zealand regatta, and I believe you wanted your Erickson to compete in the same race. The last I heard from you was when you telephoned to ask me backstage to the San Francisco Opera House. All "hundreds of lifetimes ago" now. I had to write you when I heard you had suffered a TIA. My family has a history of stroke as well.
Anyway, my best wishes to you and your family. I'll never regret the moments I spent with you, and I hope your physicians can control what they call your TIA (transient ischemic attack) episodes. Now, hopefully to make you laugh,if you do remember me, after 30 years and you probably don't give a damn, I'll finally answer a question you asked me in the Green Room at Sahara Tahoe - yes, you were first. HA! Do you have any idea how strange it is for me to be shopping for groceries and hear "Sundown"or "Carefree Highway" start playing? Ah, life is so full of ironies! Keep on keeping on, and give the docs Hell! Regards from Sheryl in Sunny Sacramento, CA, otherwise known as ciaras2madre@aol.com.
Purnellt

Hubertus, WI

#26 Sep 20, 2007
Pabst Theater Milwaukee 09/20/07 Review

My wife and I saw Gordon Lightfoot last night at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI. I have to say of the hundreds and hundreds of concerts I have seen in the past 20 years, this was by far the worst! I had seen Gordon about 6 years ago at the Potowatomi Casino in Milwaukee and really enjoyed it. Gordons voice was non exisitant. His voice and condition almost brought tears to my eyes. Clearly he should no longer be performing. I felt completely ripped off of both my time and my $, which we had great seats at a wonderful venue. If he cannot give a reasonable performance, recall his lyrics, play guitar and speak coherently to the audience, he should not be touring and expecing people to pay there hard earned money for such an embarrasment. It may have been partially due to the fact that we were aparantly near the end of his tour, but nonetheless I expected more and wish that I could be refunded as we left early and did not enjoy any part of this shameful performance. By the way...I think that Gordon is a true legend, a pristine songwriter and a beautiful artist who's music touches my soul. I will just have to enjoy his recordings as I would Never see him again.
Mickey

AOL

#27 Sep 27, 2007
I saw Gord perform in Sept. 2006 in Mpls. He told the audience that he'd had a TIA--it had affected his right hand. It was a great performance! He talked to the audience and I felt like I was family. We went to the performance in June of 2007 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and he seemed relaxed and happy with the audience. More music performed and a great concert overall. I only wish that he'd visited with the audience after the performance--I would have loved to tell him that I enjoy his music and his poetry and perhaps a picture or an autograph--it would have made my night complete!!!
Carol Poppenga

Lewistown, MT

#28 Feb 26, 2008
Jesse-Joe wrote:
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Hi Lisa, this is atest to see if you got this message, your from, Halifax? Im from Moncton, Cheers!
I happened upon this forum while looking for news about Lightfoot. I noticed the town name "Moncton" in your post--it caught my eye because I think there was a town by that name near Sussex Corner where I painted a mural last summer (2007). I've been a fan of Gordon's music since first hearing "Don Quiote" in 1971 or 72. Over the years I found it interesting to study Gordon's face (back when album covers were big enough to be seen without a stout handlens!) Album covers/liners offered the opportunity to study the passage of time to really get to know a face and I painted (oils and pastels) several interpretive portraits of Gordon. Then in 1988 I met him when I was in Toronto for the art show at Nathan Phillips Square. He was warm and friendly. And to my surprise he eventually purchased two portraits (saying the work was the best he'd seen of himself and he would not accept the works as a gift--in fact, I got the impression that he might have been a little insulted that I would offer to give the work away). But the biggest and best surprise was when I received his check---behind the dollar amount, Gordon wrote "in U.S. dollars". I hadn't asked for that and I just about cried. He didn't know it, but that act of honest thoughtfulness gave me the extra I needed to make the return trip to my home in Montana.
He gave me something else too--he asked me if I made a living from my art. When I answered "No" he asked,sincerely and without missing a beat, "Why not?" I've never forgotten that. In the years since, whenever I catch myself hesitating to reach a little farther, I hear Gordon say "Why not?" It's then I reach the farthest. Thank you Gordon.

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