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Glennwillow 07-18-2019 09:27 PM

Restless by Gordon Lightfoot (cover)
 


Gordon Lightfoot released this song in 1993, clearly a song written by an older songwriter, thinking about his dad and the autumn of his life. My YouTube friend Moosehead, a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan, asked me if I might consider doing this song a couple of days ago. I had never heard of it, but found it on YouTube, ordered the CD, and learned it. I recorded this today. What a cool song!

The opening and the closing images and several in between were of a sunrise taken from the cockpit of a commercial jet airplane by First Officer Kane Hooworth. My friend Mach Buffet, a pilot, sent this photo to me and Kane provided permission for me to use it. An absolutely stunning photo taken with an IPhone. The other sunset images and the autumn photo were taken by my wife, and she also provided permission for me to use these images.

Thanks for watching! - Glenn

guitarquango 07-19-2019 03:58 AM

That was fantastic Glenn!! Saw your upload on Youtube and i LOVE it!

Great version.

Greetz & all the best, Jimmy

MikeMcKee 07-19-2019 07:11 AM

Nice Glenn. Had not heard that before either, but certainly fits in your wheelhouse. Enjoyed it.

Glennwillow 07-19-2019 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by MikeMcKee (Post 6115476)
Nice Glenn. Had not heard that before either, but certainly fits in your wheelhouse. Enjoyed it.

Thank you Mike!

Glad you thought this came out okay; thanks for taking the time to comment!

- Glenn

Glennwillow 07-20-2019 12:01 AM

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Originally Posted by guitarquango (Post 6115372)
That was fantastic Glenn!! Saw your upload on Youtube and i LOVE it!

Great version.

Greetz & all the best, Jimmy

Thank you Jimmy!

I'm so glad you like how this came out! And I always appreciate your comments -- Thanks so much!

- Glenn

SprintBob 07-20-2019 04:45 AM

Fantastic, great job on the visuals too. One mic?

Really enjoyed this one.

Glennwillow 07-20-2019 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by SprintBob (Post 6116302)
Fantastic, great job on the visuals too. One mic?

Really enjoyed this one.

Hi Bob,

Thank you for your comments! There are two small diaphragm condenser mics (Warm Audio WA-84) on the guitar and a large diaphragm tube condenser mic on my voice (Warm Audio WA-47).

The visuals were really helped by the photos from First Officer Kane Hooworth and from my wife, who had amassed a pile of great sunset photos at our house.

I'm really pleased that you thought this came out well, Bob, and I really appreciate your comments here! :)

- Glenn

MrEd 07-20-2019 10:26 AM

Really a wonderful song. Well done & great scenery Glenn. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks

Mike

Glennwillow 07-20-2019 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by MrEd (Post 6116641)
Really a wonderful song. Well done & great scenery Glenn. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks

Mike

Thank you Mike!

I appreciate your watching and taking the time to comment here! I'm so glad you felt this worked out well!

I hope all is well for you!

- Glenn

TBman 07-20-2019 08:17 PM

You did a great job with that song Glenn. Its always relaxing to watch your videos. Thanks.

Glennwillow 07-20-2019 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by TBman (Post 6117125)
You did a great job with that song Glenn. Its always relaxing to watch your videos. Thanks.

Hi Barry!

Thank you very much for watching and then taking the time to comment! Much appreciated! How nice that you find my videos relaxing. That particular song, Restless, is a pretty relaxing song. No super high notes, all pretty much sung at the same kind of volume, more of a tone poem, a contemplation on the passing of time and thinking back.

I'm sure both of us find ourselves doing that once in a while. :)

Thanks Barry!

- Glenn

Finger Stylish 07-25-2019 03:10 AM

Very nice work on this Glenn! :up:

Glennwillow 07-25-2019 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Finger Stylish (Post 6120813)
Very nice work on this Glenn! :up:

Thank you Vance!

I'm so glad you are watching! Thanks for your comments!

- Glenn

jaymarsch 07-25-2019 07:58 AM

I had not heard that song either. Sure sounds like a classic Gordon Lightfoot song in both feel and cadence. I never tire of his songs. You did a wonderful job with it, Glenn. Your singing and playing really captures the longing that is a constant undercurrent in his songs. Thanks for posting!

Best,
Jayne

FrankHudson 07-25-2019 08:47 AM

As I said in another thread in passing, you're leading me to re-assess Gordon Lightfoot with this series of very nice versions of some of his lesser-known songs. Odd that it taken your performances, and so long (on my part) for that, as throughout my long life there's always been Gordon Lightfoot songs, going back to the mid-20th century "folk scare."

By now I'm expecting your vocals to satisfy every time, but this time I was paying attention to the lovely guitar accompaniment too.

Glennwillow 07-25-2019 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by jaymarsch (Post 6120982)
I had not heard that song either. Sure sounds like a classic Gordon Lightfoot song in both feel and cadence. I never tire of his songs. You did a wonderful job with it, Glenn. Your singing and playing really captures the longing that is a constant undercurrent in his songs. Thanks for posting!

Best,
Jayne

Thank you Jayne!

It's great to hear from you. Thank you for listening and taking the time to comment -- it's greatly appreciated! It's good to know you thought this came out okay!

It does seem to have the characteristic Lightfoot sound, doesn't it? Really, it's amazing how many songs he has written.

Thanks so much Jayne! :)

- Glenn

Glennwillow 07-25-2019 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by FrankHudson (Post 6121042)
As I said in another thread in passing, you're leading me to re-assess Gordon Lightfoot with this series of very nice versions of some of his lesser-known songs. Odd that it taken your performances, and so long (on my part) for that, as throughout my long life there's always been Gordon Lightfoot songs, going back to the mid-20th century "folk scare."

By now I'm expecting your vocals to satisfy every time, but this time I was paying attention to the lovely guitar accompaniment too.

Thank you Frank!

I really appreciate the detailed listening that you do!

I did see your comment on that thread in the General section of the AGF on YouTube channels. I was very flattered to read your comment on my Gordon Lightfoot covers and I was most appreciative. If my versions of Lightfoot songs makes you want to reassess these songs for your repertoire, then that is wonderful.

I'm sure that both of us would agree that not every song which Gordon Lightfoot wrote and performed is worthy of a lot of attention, but he does have a lot of good songs spread out over his years that are well worth learning. I think I have 16 Lightfoot covers on my YouTube channel out of 142 total songs on the channel. That's 11% GL covers, which I suppose is a high percentage considering that I like a lot of different artists' music. I think I have covered more Lightfoot songs than any other musician. His vocal range is right where mine is (or vice versa), so that helps. And truth be told, I like his stuff. :) He can be a very poetic writer, as this "Restless" song shows.

I wish I understood what he was trying to do with that second verse in this song, though. The reference to "The Young and the Restless" seems really offhand to me. I don't know if he was being really deep and he is just way over my head or if he was just trying to be funny. Oh well... :)

Thanks so much for your thoughts and comments Frank! It's always great to hear from you! :)

- Glenn

PS: In case anyone is interested, here are the lyrics and chords from Gordon Lightfoot's website:

Restless (A/B)

There's a (A) kind of a restless feeling and it (G) pulls me from within
It (A) sets my senses reeling and my (G) wheels begin to (A) spin
In the (D) quietude of winter you can (C) hear the wild geese cry
And (A) I will always love that sound un(G)til the day I (Em) die

There's a (A) plain and a simple answer to (G) each and every quest
From (A) every quiet dancer who might (G) be a special (A) guest
In a (D) movie made for TV or a (C) late night interview
(A) You might even find them on the (G) Young and the Restless (A) too

Do you get that restless feeling when you (D) hear a whistle blast
Like an (Am) echo from the past
Of an (A) old engine (A/G) flying down a (D/F#) road that's (G) iron (A) cast

(A7+) (A7) (G#7+/A) (G#7/A) (G7+/A) (Dm6+/A) (Dm6/A) (Asus4) (A) (G) (A)

The lake is blue, the sky is gray and the leaves have turned to gold
The wild goose will be on her way, the weather's much too cold
When the muskie and the old trout too have all gone down to rest
We will be returning to the things that we do best

Do you get that restless yearning when you think about your dad
And the scrimshaw that he had
Of an old schooner roving 'neath a sky that's ironclad

There's a kind of a restless feeling and it catches you off guard
As we gaze off in the distance through the trees in my back yard
I can feel the restless yearning of those geese as off they roam
Then trade that for a warm bed and a place I can call home

Will you get that restless yearning when you hear the wicked blast
Of a spectre from the past
Of a cold diesel rolling down a road that's built to last
Still I get that restless feeling when I hear a whistle blast
See an image from the past
Of an old schooner flying down a sky that's overcast

Organic Sounds Select Guitars 07-27-2019 03:19 PM

Hi Glenn,

I also am not familiar with this one. But I sure like it now! Your fingerpicking technique is so clean, and great vocals as always. I enjoyed this! :)

Glennwillow 07-27-2019 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by LWSog (Post 6123161)
Hi Glenn,

I also am not familiar with this one. But I sure like it now! Your fingerpicking technique is so clean, and great vocals as always. I enjoyed this! :)

Hi Larry!

It's terrific to hear from you! Thanks so much for watching a performance of a song you didn't even know! I'm glad you liked it!

I hope all is well for you! I am doing great! As a physical therapist, you may be interested to know that I am glad I had both of my hip joints replaced a little over a year ago for the last one. It has made such a difference in allowing me to work outdoors and do the activities I really enjoy doing!

- Glenn

Organic Sounds Select Guitars 07-27-2019 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Glennwillow (Post 6123175)
Hi Larry!

It's terrific to hear from you! Thanks so much for watching a performance of a song you didn't even know! I'm glad you liked it!

I hope all is well for you! I am doing great! As a physical therapist, you may be interested to know that I am glad I had both of my hip joints replaced a little over a year ago for the last one. It has made such a difference in allowing me to work outdoors and do the activities I really enjoy doing!

- Glenn

Thanks Glenn, all is good here. I took a little break from the AGF for awhile, back at it now. Great news about your hips - we’re so fortunate to live in a time when these surgeries are available. They can truly make a profound difference in the quality of life. Glad yours have worked out so well!

Kerbie 07-28-2019 03:11 AM

Wonderful job, Glenn! That's a really nice tune and one I'm not familiar with. Thanks for the introduction. Very nicely played and I really like the background photos.

Glennwillow 07-28-2019 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Kerbie (Post 6123483)
Wonderful job, Glenn! That's a really nice tune and one I'm not familiar with. Thanks for the introduction. Very nicely played and I really like the background photos.

Hi Kerbie!

Very nice to see your comments! Thank you! I'm glad you thought this came out okay and that you approve of the background images!

I hope you are doing well! You take care!

- Glenn

FrankHudson 07-28-2019 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Glennwillow (Post 6121118)
Thank you Frank!

I really appreciate the detailed listening that you do!

I did see your comment on that thread in the General section of the AGF on YouTube channels. I was very flattered to read your comment on my Gordon Lightfoot covers and I was most appreciative. If my versions of Lightfoot songs makes you want to reassess these songs for your repertoire, then that is wonderful.

I'm sure that both of us would agree that not every song which Gordon Lightfoot wrote and performed is worthy of a lot of attention, but he does have a lot of good songs spread out over his years that are well worth learning. I think I have 16 Lightfoot covers on my YouTube channel out of 142 total songs on the channel. That's 11% GL covers, which I suppose is a high percentage considering that I like a lot of different artists' music. I think I have covered more Lightfoot songs than any other musician. His vocal range is right where mine is (or vice versa), so that helps. And truth be told, I like his stuff. :) He can be a very poetic writer, as this "Restless" song shows.

I wish I understood what he was trying to do with that second verse in this song, though. The reference to "The Young and the Restless" seems really offhand to me. I don't know if he was being really deep and he is just way over my head or if he was just trying to be funny. Oh well... :)

Thanks so much for your thoughts and comments Frank! It's always great to hear from you! :)

- Glenn

PS: In case anyone is interested, here are the lyrics and chords from Gordon Lightfoot's website:

Restless (A/B)

There's a (A) kind of a restless feeling and it (G) pulls me from within
It (A) sets my senses reeling and my (G) wheels begin to (A) spin
In the (D) quietude of winter you can (C) hear the wild geese cry
And (A) I will always love that sound un(G)til the day I (Em) die

There's a (A) plain and a simple answer to (G) each and every quest
From (A) every quiet dancer who might (G) be a special (A) guest
In a (D) movie made for TV or a (C) late night interview
(A) You might even find them on the (G) Young and the Restless (A) too

Do you get that restless feeling when you (D) hear a whistle blast
Like an (Am) echo from the past
Of an (A) old engine (A/G) flying down a (D/F#) road that's (G) iron (A) cast

(A7+) (A7) (G#7+/A) (G#7/A) (G7+/A) (Dm6+/A) (Dm6/A) (Asus4) (A) (G) (A)

The lake is blue, the sky is gray and the leaves have turned to gold
The wild goose will be on her way, the weather's much too cold
When the muskie and the old trout too have all gone down to rest
We will be returning to the things that we do best

Do you get that restless yearning when you think about your dad
And the scrimshaw that he had
Of an old schooner roving 'neath a sky that's ironclad

There's a kind of a restless feeling and it catches you off guard
As we gaze off in the distance through the trees in my back yard
I can feel the restless yearning of those geese as off they roam
Then trade that for a warm bed and a place I can call home

Will you get that restless yearning when you hear the wicked blast
Of a spectre from the past
Of a cold diesel rolling down a road that's built to last
Still I get that restless feeling when I hear a whistle blast
See an image from the past
Of an old schooner flying down a sky that's overcast

The "Young and the Restless" reference was part of what I liked about GL's song. I'm guessing that he's just referencing the culture broadly, which was a huge trend in 20th century high culture* that he could easily have absorbed intentionally or by osmosis. The incongruity of mixing a soap opera with the age of sail with railroads with guest stars with game fish and geese migrating etc is the core of the lyric for me. They're all restless. Maybe only the natural stuff like the geese are permanent--in species behavior if not in individual lifetimes. Not having heard "Restless" before when I heard the young and restless line I thought of Prince's aside in "Kiss:" "You don't have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude." That song's more flirty than wistful like GL's, but it kind of jolts you out of your expectations.

Songwriters don't consistently do this. A lot of songs, and good ones too, are based on the tactic of a short impression that stays in the scene or single-threaded story. GL's great contemporary Bob Dylan pointed out to songwriters that there are other ways to express things in a lyric, but even today that tactic can still surprise us.

Anyway, thanks again for introducing us to some Gordon Lightfoot "deep cuts".



*I've engaged in a long-term project to perform with music all of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" during succeeding April's. Literary analysists love to footnote all the high-culture quotes and mythological references in it, but there are bits of then current tin-pan alley and barracks ballads scattered in there too. Or besides Dylan, the "Pop Art" of The Sixties....


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