Great movie about Gordon Lighfoot’s life, released in 2019! Gordon speaks a lot in the film at about age-80, and is pretty honest about things he regrets having done. This is the first time I’ve seen his story told. His music meant a lot to me in the ’70s!
I noticed a major shift in Gordon’s music after the ‘Sundown’ album (1974), the last album that I really liked, except for the title track. This movie may help explain why this happened. His voice got weaker, and the songs were less interesting, except ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ (1976).
The most perplexing moment for me in the film is Gordon saying how he thinks Drake’s music is excellent, who also is from Toronto — because to me, Drake’s music is repulsive — almost the opposite of Gordon’s early ’70s music.
The movie’s end was emotional for me, since he meant so much to me but never was able to see the upcoming greatest spiritual awakening happen, which everyone has the right to see while they’re still on earth.
‘Woke’ now is more compelling to young people than Christianity, because they don’t see Christ in Christians. And many people are dying without being right with God and people, so they make sure they’re going to heaven.
It’s such a shame that most ‘Christians’ aren’t interested in being real Christians so we can be ‘ONE’ in Christ “that the world will know,” Jesus promised in John 17. God’s glory will be that strong and evident! 1 billion people may become Christians during this coming great awakening!
• Different guitar tunings gave him different chord and melody ideas.
• Writing songs: “First the chord progression, and then the melody, and then the words.”
“In Canada’s history, there are few people who signified the nation’s modern confidence in its arts more than Gordon Lightfoot. This singer-songwriter’s singular talent in music changed the world’s opinion of Canada’s culture with his tremendous variety of songs that both celebrated the nation and touched its soul. Sparing nothing about Lightfoot’s personal weaknesses and failures as well as his triumphs, this film covers Lightfoot’s career from his own words and his closest associates with recordings of his greatest hits.”
If you don’t find the beginning interesting, trying starting at 14:30.
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019)