R.I.P. Gordon Lightfoot


I just learned today that Gordon Lightfoot passed away Monday at the age of 84.

Rick Beato put together this little tribute. In it, he points out all the little details that made Lightfoot such a phenomenal songwriter. I’m thankful for this; I heard little riffs that I’d never noticed before.

My absolute favorite Gordon Lightfoot song is this:

Amazing poetry, right?

This is the video Rick Beato talked about, with Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn jamming at Lightfoot’s house (that’s Gordon in the back, smoking by the windows):

Lightfoot was well-respected by songwriters and fans alike. Rest in peace, Gordon.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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  1. Gordon Lightfoot used to play at the Count Basie Theatre quite a bit over the last decade or so; it seemed like whenever he toured he’d make a stop there. I always wanted to go see him, but there would always be some kind of scheduling conflict, and I figured I’d see him the next time he came around. The same with George Carlin, too, by the way. So, I wound up never seeing either of them. Bob Dylan was quoted as saying something like there wasn’t a Gordon Lightfoot song he didn’t like. He truly was a gifted songwriter. May he rest peacefully.

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    • I had wondered if you’d ever seen him live. You do such a good job of supporting different artists with your presence. He was a wonderful songwriter and also a great performer. Darn! Another icon gone.


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