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Gordon Lightfoot

Hello, kittens and dawgs! My inspiration or need to know for a post idea often comes while researching and composing a post. Naturally, while Googling a seed planted and today we’re going to learn more about Whatever happened to Gordon Lightfoot?

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He’s credited for defining the folk-pop flavor of the 60s and 70s. I remember some of his early to mid-70s songs like If You Can Read My Mind (1970), Sundown (’74), Carefree Highway (’74), and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (’76) which are perhaps some of his most popular tunes of the decade. I thought his music was nice, but I couldn’t fully appreciate it with my head stuck in fluffy songs by the Osmond Brothers or pop dance tracks of the Jackson Five. It wasn’t until later that I developed a fondness for Lightfoot’s music.

Let’s take a look at Gordon Lightfoot’s stuff starting from the 80s because I don’t remember anything beyond the 70s. Either way, it’ll be a refresher or an introduction to his newer works.

Lightfoot released his 14th album in 1980, Dream Street Rose. The album peaked at 58 on the country charts and 60 on the pop charts. The song track bearing the album title hit #80 on the country charts.


Lightfoot’s 1982 album, Shadows, didn’t do well but one song from this album hit the Adult Contemporary charts at #20 with Baby Step Back.


The following year, Lightfoot released a more uptempo album, shifting from folk pop to adult contemporary recording, which barely registered the charts at 175. Listen now to Lightfoot’s complete little-known works from Salute!


The early 90s, Lightfoot sorta made a comeback with his 18th recording where he gets back to his folk-pop roots of writing and singing folk-pop style songs which he dedicated to his wife and son with the 1993 release of Waiting for you (listen to the entire album below).


The last album Gordon produced with all new works for this decade came in 1998 with A Painter Passing Through (listen to the full album below).


The last recording for the decade was a box set with some of Lightfoot’s top-notch recordings as well as some never released tracks spanning from the 1960s through the 1990s on his Songbook (4CD) album collection.

The new millennium wasn’t too kind to Gordon Lightfoot. After a concert in September 2002, Lightfoot airlifted to a hospital because of severe stomach pain turned out to be an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. He was in a coma for 6-weeks and underwent four more surgeries but three months from the day admitted, he got to go home. A follow-up procedure for the same medical issue occurred in 2003 and thankfully by the next year he was back to his music with the release of his 20th album, Harmony (click the link to listen to all song tracks). The next three cuts come from this album and are my favorites.



His voice sounds strong and smooth, doesn’t it? He made a surprise comeback performance at Mariposa in Orillia, performing I’ll Tag Along solo and in 2005 appeared on Canadian Idol. 2006 Lightfoot suffered a minor stroke resulting in the use of his right-hand middle and ring fingers but since then has regained mobility in his hand again.

It’s rather amazing to think Gordon Lightfoot produced 200+ recordings in five-decade span and received many honors along the way.  What’s even more incredible is Lightfoot continues to tours. He’s booked now through the end of November in various cities in the US and Canada. 😉

You can follow Gordon Lightfoot on one of these social media sites.

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Gordon, if you’re visiting. Thank you for the music. You still have all the right stuff! And, thank you, my sweet peeps for joining me today to learn Whatever happened to Gordon Lightfoot!

This is Curious as a Cathy. I’ll see you tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday! ?











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The Traveling Wilburys

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs a couple of weeks ago I kicked off the post series. In my first edition, I shared with you What ever happened to ELO? Several bloggers left comments of interest, but one person mention today’s featured band. I had no clue why until I took a quick peek to learn the Traveling Wilburys consists of several well-known music talents: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and none other than Jeff Lynne (ELO).

If you’re wondering how this mega talented band came up with The Traveling Wilburys for their group. Wilbury is slang for “We’ll bury ’em in the mix” used by Harrison during a recording session of small production errors. Later on Harrison suggested The Trembling Wilburys and it was Lynne’s idea of The Traveling Wilburys that all members agreed on for the band’s name.

Allow me to (re)introduce these super band members who call themselves  The Traveling Wilburys!

  • Nelson/Spike Wilbury (George Harrison)
  • Otis/Clayton Wilbury (Jeff Lynne)
  • Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison)
  • Charley T. Jr/Muddy Wilbury (Tom Petty)
  • Lucky/Boo Wilbury (Bob Dylan)




During their time together as The Traveling Wilburys these artists helped each other with their solo records, but they never did a tour together. Here’s what Petty said on this matter…

“I think it would work, if we wanted to do it. I don’t think we ever considered it, really. There were a lot of nights when the conversation would roll around to that. But I don’t think anybody ever took it seriously. I think it would ruin it in a way. Then you’re obligated to be responsible and it’s not in the character of that group. It would make it very formal and that would be the wrong spirit.”

This league of extraordinary artists recorded one album before Orbison’s sudden death in 1988, but a second one followed. Harrison and Lynne continued to occasionally work together until Harrison’s death in 2001. In 2007, The Traveling Wilburys music reissued selling more than 500,000 copies worldwide in its first three weeks. Their roots rock style captured the hearts and ears of many in the decade plus spent together. If you have time, you might The History of The Traveling Wilburys interesting.

Have you heard of The Traveling Wilburys before now? What interesting factoids can you share about this supergroup?

Thanks for stopping by for the dance and for including me in your day. You’re invited to tag along with me as I dance over to see the ?Monday’s Music Moves Me? crew to join their linky party. Have a tunetastic week and I hope you’ll join in tomorrow for What ever happened to…? series!

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3 Female Vocalists with 3 Different Styles

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I have a few new artists I’d like to introduce you kittens and dawgs to this morning. I’ve been meaning to share them before now, but I couldn’t find the right time slot until now. That’s life for ya, huh? Okay, cutting straight to the chase. Here are three female vocalists with different styles. Turn up your speakers and boogie in your seat or beside it.

Tag only with Jane on Twitter and Facebook.


 Follow Stevie on Twitter!


 Catch Sonia on Twitter!

What did you think of these ladies? Which style/artist did you like the best? Let’s show some love by hosting a tweet party for these gals! ?

What mewsic are you listening to lately? I’d love to know what songs are moving you, so please feel free to tell me in comments. ?

This is a quick & painless way for others to find good tunes in Blogosphere by joining my no strings attached music hop, just add your music post URL below and wha-lah… instant traffic directed to your site. Clever, eh? I thought so.

Have a tunetastic week!

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More Than A Name On A Wall #TheStatlerBrothers

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I’m keeping things somber today in honor of those who gave more than just their service for this country, they gave their lives.

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In November 2012, I snapped this photo at the World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was one of my first big girl camera (Nikon D7000) captures. It was a gorgeous, gorgeous day!

The Statler Brothers More Than a Name on a Wall says it all. Listen and follow the lyrics:

I saw her from a distance
As she walked up to the wall
In her hand she held some flowers
As her tears began to fall

She took out pen and paper
As to trace her memories
She looked up to Heaven
And the words she said were these

She said “Lord my boy was special
And he meant so much to me”
And oh I’d love to see him
Just one more time You see

All I have are the memories
And the moments to recall
So Lord could You tell him
He’s more than a name on a wall

She said “He really missed the family
And being home on Christmas day”
And he died for God and country
In a place so far away

I remember just a little boy
Playing war since he was three
But Lord this time I know
He’s not coming home to me

She said “Lord my boy was special
And he meant so much to me”
And oh I’d love to see him
But I know it just can’t be

So I thank You for my memories
And the moments to recall
But Lord could You tell him
He’s more than a name on a wall
Lord could You tell him
He’s more than a name on a wall

Lord could you tell him
He`s more than a name on a wall

More than a name on a wall

Song lyrics borrowed MetroLyrics


In honor of our nations’ heroes, what mewsic shows your appreciation for those who died protecting our freedom?

I’m dispensing of the linky party for now, but I encourage you to include your direct music post link in comments for others to find it quicker, along with your mewsic suggestions, and thoughts for today. ?

Have a blessed Memorial Day tunetastic week and I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow Cathy Chats!

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Pour myself One More Cup of Coffee before hitting the dance floor #music

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I don’t know about you, but I sure can use One More Cup of Coffee. I’m still reeling from last month’s blogging challenge and am struggling with do I or don’t I post. This is one of the backlashes I face every year this time. It’s time to put my party face on and hit the dance floor.

Recently, I heard on the radio a new-to-me song by country singer, Jon Pardi. The song captured my heart in a sweet way. The play on words reminded me of another little tune. Allow me to introduce to you, Head Over Boots!

We finished watching the series Lost Girl (Netflix) the other night and the song choice at the end of episode caught my ear. I heard this song before from another TV show and I knew I had to share it with you. Here’s Dark Runs Out by Amy Stroup.

What mewsic are you listening to lately? I’d love to know what songs are moving you, so please feel free to tell me in comments. 😉

This is a quick & painless way for others to find good tunes in Blogosphere by joining my no strings attached music hop, just add your music post URL below and wha-lah… instant traffic directed to your site. Clever, eh? I thought so.

Have a tunetastic week!

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Monday's Music Moves Me Spotlight Dancer

I’m in the spotlight light!

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! My good bud, XmasDolly, sent an email announcing I’m the newest Spotlight Dancer on Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M). Yay, me! ?

I know as a long time 4M dancer and former co-hostess that this means I get to pick the music theme for today’s party if I choose to accept the assignment *a-hem* spotlight position. XmasDolly & Company, I accept! Let’s dance to TV talent show (i.e American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent,…) contenders performing other artist’s songs!

Across the Tennessee mountains in the small western North Carolina community of Sylva locals know the bluegrass group Mountain Faith Band (@MtnFaithBand) who appeared on America’s Got Talent (AGT) season 10. I wanted to feature this group on my site ever since, but it never worked out until now.

The first time I heard them performed, I immediately liked them. Kindly listen to One Republic’s Counting Stars cover by Mountain Faith Band.



Not bad for a bluegrass band, eh? Another popular tune that I liked that they did is Walk the Moon cover Shut Up and Dance.


The instruments are different. The vocals are a bit country but the sound still makes you wanna shut up and dance, right?

This next song is an original release. They did not do it on AGT (or at least I don’t think so), but I couldn’t help myself and knew I had to share it with you. It’s beautiful. Listen to Emily (It’s Love)

Did you like that little ditty? If you like it, then you can buy Emily (It’s Love) – Mountain Faith from iTunes.

Disclosure: Affiliate links highlighted in RED. I’m supposed to tell y’all, if you make a purchase (I don’t know about clicking on it) going through an affiliate link, then I earn a few pennies and if you do that then let me say thank-you! ?

Bluegrass isn’t my forte. However, over the years I’ve come to appreciate this type of music being raised on it and all. What I like is this group puts a unique spin on popular songs with their brand of music which grabbed my attention and millions of other TV viewers. What did you think of Mountain Faith Band?

Thanks for dancing with me. Now, let’s keep the party going! Link up your music post below and dance with all the 4M crew and friends below!

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Have a tunetastic week!



Spirit of Christmas #BOTB results

The Spirit of Christmas is all around, kittens & dawgs! Not everyone stopped in this round. I blame this on the festivities at hand. There is just so much going on and I can’t fault anyone who doesn’t have blogging on his/her mind. I found I struggled with making it to everyone’s battle, but I think I finally hit everyone’s site and if I didn’t them I humbly apologize for the oversight.

Now on to why you stopped in today or are you here because you just can’t get enough? *big grin* Anywho, I did not keep a close tab while the voting was going on; I was totally shell-shocked to learn that I had a deadlock on my hands without my vote when I tallied the count. I love both flash mob videos, but one clearly evokes the Spirit of Christmas a bit more and that’s #1.  There you have it. Flash Mob #1 won by a margin of one more vote in its favor. I better not hear anyone demand a recount. lol If you want to see what you missed or want to revisit my last battle you can click here.

You might wanna see how the other battles went down. Grab a cup of hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows (you can find my recipe for home-made marshmallows here) and visit other fellow BoTBers!

?Far Away Series (Meme Creator) ?STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’(Hop Coordinator) Tossing It Out Your Daily Dose Book Lover Mike’s Ramblings The Sound of One Hand Typing dcrelief ~ Battle of the Bands Alex J. Cavanaugh Shady Dell Music & Memories The Doglady’s Den Cherdo on the Flipside Angels Barks JingleJangleJungle Janie Junebug Righting & Editing J.A. Scott NovelBrews Holli’s Hoots and Hollers Quiet Laughter

Friday we walked around the quaint western North Carolina town of Bryson City. Passing one of the beautifully decorated shops an old bluegrass Christmas song played. It made me grin from ear to ear and I laughed with a memory of Christmas past of my maternal Grandpa singing this song.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with that old-timey Christmas tune I heard in passing….


I’ll be back for round two of Battle of the Bands on the 14th and I hope you’ll join me then, meanwhile I’m boogieing with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew and I invite you dance along with me.

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