Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Thank you, Gordon Lightfoot

Just listen
London, ON
September 2016
This photo originally shared on Instagram

Canada’s storyteller died yesterday. Gordon Lightfoot was 84 and had faced a number of health challenges over his lifetime, and while we’re all mortal, some folks find ways to imprint themselves on entire generations.

Mr. Lightfoot was just such an imprinter, a gifted musician whose songs played in our minds and hearts at all major and minor moments in our lives.

As news of his passing spreads like a dark cloud over the country, what strikes me most are the stories being told by everyday Canadians about his kindness. He was a musical icon, but he was humble and kind, never missing an opportunity to stop and chat with folks he had met along the way.

Whenever I think about what makes Canada Canada, and Canadians Canadians, I often think of not just his music, but of the way he was.

We were lucky to have had him at all.

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