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Thread #12391 Message #125041
Posted By: Rick Fielding
18-Oct-99 - 12:06 AM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding's Upcoming New CD
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's New CD
Thanks so much Joe. I truly appreciate the good review.
When I was a teenager, although I did listen to a great deal of traditional material (as I've mentioned before, "Horton Barker" - recorded by our own Sandy, is still perhaps my all time favourite record) as well as political stuff, I loved the early songs of Gordon Lightfoot. I got to know him when I moved to Toronto and I think I learned a tremendous amount from him. He edited himself seemingly without ego - throwing out 90 percent of what he'd written and keeping only the songs he thought would stand the test of time.
Actually, my version of "Wind and Rain" comes from hearing Kilby Snow's autoharp, and some of Mike Seeger's text. Over the years I've inadvertantly messed with verses (occasionally vertantly as well) but I'm not a traditional singer anyway - just a city boy who loves traditional music.
Funny thing, although I've often professed to be the quintessential agnostic - I love Gospel music. Also, though I at times despair at humanity's chances for survival, a song like Rick Speyer's "There Comes A Time", (there is light at the end of the tunnel) makes me feel positive and hopeful.