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Old 10-09-2009, 06:22 AM   #26
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close perusal of said picture shows Wayfaring Stranger in what is a lot of songs in Gordon's earlier repertoire
jim, this is the Wayne section i was referring to

http://www.lightfoot.ca/newport.htm

didn't realize he'd been singing Red Velvet for so long...liked his APPT recording of it, and would like to have heard it in his '65 voice
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:37 AM   #27
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I have sung The Way I feel many times and play Wayfaring Stranger quite often and never noticed the similarity, strange.
do you perform the slower tempo, pickin arrangement or the groovy, strummin version? btw, i never noticed the verse similarity either

...GL once said when asked about where the songs come from: (paraphrased) 'you take everything you've ever heard and it gets all jumbled up inside your head'

YouTube - The Way I Feel (1967)


food for thought: if you take any alt cover arrangement you may have toyed with over the years, keep the general chord progressions, alter tempo and the phrasings and/melody plus adding or removing a bridge, well, you can end up with something that you could call your own...of course, if recording, you've got all those production tools that will help set it totally apart from anything that already exists ...i say there's a fine line between stealing something and being influenced by something)
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:05 AM   #28
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jj as I mentioned earlier I play WS in Am, I flatpick it starting with 2 triplets in the Am chord, repeat that then off to the melody, slow and gentle. To my ear it sounds fine, it may not to others. With regard to the fine line you mention, a bunch of us sing and play every week in a pub, we do Steve Earle's Galway Girl (a great song) we do a couple of instrumental breaks against a chord progressionof " D / / / D / / / G / / / D / / / G /D /
A / D / A / / / D / / / " whilst playing this I get the urge to sing an old song called "The Tennessee Wig Walk" The lyric is "I'm a bow legged chicken I'm a knock kneed hen, Never been so happy since I don't know when. I walk with wiggle, a wiggle and a walk. Doing the Tennessee Wig Walk" It is just that progression, not the tune.


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Old 10-10-2009, 10:18 AM   #29
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jj, it has just occured to me (my lightening fast brain working overtime) that you may have been asking how I play The Way I Feel. I try and imitate the "Lightfoot" version, Not the "The Way I Feel" version. I prefer the first album version rather than the reworked second version.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:14 AM   #30
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:17 AM   #31
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Ron Hynes version pretty good but some ropey versions on there too, why did The White Stripes bother? Nice to hear Tennessee Ernie Ford and Alison Krauss. It would have been nice to hear Gordon's version with that beautiful voice of his younger days.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:37 PM   #32
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Ron Hynes does a nice version..he's a good buddy of our Ron Jones..two boys from The Rock.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:35 PM   #33
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I didn't know Ron Jones (lighthead2toe) was from The Rock. Always thought he was an Ontario boy, who was now living in the West of Canada. Thanks for the info...
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:30 PM   #34
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RJ is my favourite Newfie/Torontonian/Vancouverite..
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Very good indeed...
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:02 PM   #36
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Ah, you are so very kind and yes, I am very blessed to have experienced life right across this beautiful country of ours.

But just a follow up on "The Doc" (Ron Hynes' manager, Lynne Horne and I refer to him as "The Doc" because he has an honorary doctorate from Memorial University in
St. John's), he is a big Gord fan and Gord acknowledges him as talented singer/songwriter.

He's a good guy and a good friend and he'll be happy to know he is part of this thread.

Cheers, RJ.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:29 AM   #37
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You are very privileged to have Ron Hynes as your friend lighthead2toe. 'Sonny's Dream' is a GEM to me. Is it true that he has never recorded it ? I heard him tell Pamela Wallin this some years ago.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:58 AM   #39
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byQBsH-iQQs
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You are very privileged to have Ron Hynes as your friend lighthead2toe. 'Sonny's Dream' is a GEM to me. Is it true that he has never recorded it ? I heard him tell Pamela Wallin this some years ago.
He did record it subsequent to that interview Jessie Joe.
It came out on his "Face To The Gale" CD and it is a fantastic version.

Chad Irschik produced the recording done in Toronto in 1997.

"Sonny's Dream" also referred to as "Sonny" sold more that one million copies world wide and was recorded by some 70 different artists.

A nice version is the one by Emmy Lou Harris, Mary Black and Delores Keane.

Some cool harmony in that version.

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Old 10-28-2009, 03:13 PM   #41
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He was talking to Pamela Wallin about Hank Williams, so I may have the wrong song. It may be "Luke The Drifter" that was never recorded.

I should get my VHS copy of that interview, and watch it again before this day is done.

But in any ways thanks for the info on "Sonny's Dream" Ron.
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thanks, at least we've narrowed it down a wee bit
jj I have moved heaven and earth plus a few planets to track this book down.



The Banjo Players Songbook by Tim Jumper. The song is on page circa 268.

The book is dedicated to another great Canadian Songsmith Stan Rogers.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:45 AM   #43
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hey, Great work, jim!...one day i would like to give the banjo (and cello) a go
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