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Old 03-20-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Tunesmith- A tribute to Gord

Wrote this about 4 1/2 years ago, never did anything with it, so I thought I'd post it here.

TUNESMITH

Like th' blacksmith fashions iron, like th' woodright carves the oak,
Like a painter mixing colors, giving life with stroke;
A singer for the ages, a teller of th' times,
A tunesmith crafting melodies with rhythms and with rhymes.

There's wanderlust an' love that's lost, there's many tales to tell,
He makes his living spinning yarns and few have as well;
From trains out of Ontario to ships out on th' sea,
With wilderness scenarios an' tales of tragedy.

So all th' lovely ladies and ye drifters come on in,
Settle back an' lend an ear, th' minstrel will begin;
When all the sound is set just right, an' every string is tuned,
He'll strum a chord an' cast a spell and then he owns th' room.

So listen as he sings about the sun that's goin' down,
Wondrin' if his love is bein' true or creepin' 'round;

Ridin' down that hi'way in a carefree state of mind,
Out in Arizona, leave your troubles all behind;

Then it's early in th' morning and th' rain is all you see,
An' anyplace but where you are is where you wanna be;

The lamp's burnin' on the table as the snow begins to fall,
It sounds better than a thunderstorm in Cleveland after all;

He bleeds maple syrup, he's a true son of th' North,
Here's to the man, here's to the songs for everything they're worth;

An inspiration to us all, Orillia's favorite son,
A gentle, simple troubador when all is said an' done;
A true, blue-blooded troubador when all is said an' done.

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Old 03-20-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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Wonderful!
"He bleeds maple syrup, he's a true son of th' north" - love it!

Perhaps one of the musical folks can put this fine piece to music.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:24 PM   #3
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It's great. Looks like Gord's works are rubbing off and are an inspiration to all of us.
If you have a chance by all means see Gordon and after the concert present this to him.
I know he was really touched when I gave him a copy of my "Ode to Gordon" last week in Davenport. Take 2 copies give Gordon one and have him sign the other. If your really lucky perhaps you can score a venue poster by showing it to someone at the boxoffice. it worked for me.
Thanks for sharing
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:54 AM   #4
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This is absolutely beautiful. One of the best tributes to Gord I've ever seen. He needs to see this. Please send it to him. He will love it.

......and then he owns th' room.....
That is an incredible line.

Thank you for this. Really awesome.

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Old 03-21-2009, 02:04 AM   #5
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...as Gord would sing.... 'Beautiful'
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:40 AM   #6
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Very touching piece of work tswish 63.

You're obviously quite the craftsman in your own right as well.

Thank you for sharing this with us. RJ.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:41 AM   #7
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Perhaps one of the musical folks can put this fine piece to music.
That sounds like a good assignment for DawnsMinstrel.

I LIKE this line :

"An' anyplace but where you are is where you wanna be"

(I'm having one of those days right now)

Tswish63,

Did you find the words "flowed", or did it take some time to get it right ?
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the comments. The lyric (btw, 6th line should read: He makes his living spinning yarns and few have done as well) actually can together pretty quickly, that happens sometimes. I've written over 100 songs and I tried to set a melody to this one, but nothing seemed to do it justice. Maybe I'll give it another shot.
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:50 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the comments. The lyric (btw, 6th line should read: He makes his living spinning yarns and few have done as well) actually can together pretty quickly, that happens sometimes. I've written over 100 songs and I tried to set a melody to this one, but nothing seemed to do it justice. Maybe I'll give it another shot.
Very nice tribute tswish63, and thanks RM for thinking of me, but I'll leave it to tswish for now .
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:04 PM   #10
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Congratulations, tswish63, on writing such a terrific tribute to GL!

I, too, hope that your wonderful words will be set to music.
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:13 PM   #11
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Tswish, I'd say that you did a pretty good job creating the piece that you did.
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