As noted earlier this week, Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot died on May 2nd. He was a giant bestriding the Canadian and North American music scene, and has left an irreplaceable and unfillable gap in his wake. I've enjoyed his music for many decades, and like many others, I share a personal sense of loss at his passing.
To commemorate his life, I've chosen a dozen of my favorites among his tunes at random. I could easily have selected two or three times as many - his prolific output over the years makes that easy - but I had to limit myself to what would fit into a blog post. At the end of the music videos, there's a 13th one that mentions a very, very special commemoration of his death at the Maritime Sailors Museum on Lake Superior. If you recall his mammoth hit "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", you may be able to guess what it is. Do make sure to watch it.
Here we go, in no particular order.
And, last but by no means least, a very fitting farewell to Gordon Lightfoot.
God rest your soul, Mr. Lightfoot. Thank you for your music.