Sunday, 23 June 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Twenty Seventh Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 127 of #lexieschain. Last week the winner was Tucker wiv Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Let's see wot we got dis week!

Last week Tucker @bvfeyj won with the sad memorial to The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald this tragedy occurred in 1975 on Lake Superior a tribute to the brave men who lost their lives . My choice is The Erie Canal, a song which is a tribute to a remarkable construction more than 360 miles from Albany to Buffalo creating a navigable route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic. This was a bold piece of engineering.

I'm choosin a Bob Dylan song wot is one of our favourites. It dus be Just Like A Woman. Why? Gordon Lightfoot dus be a world famous Canadian Folk Singer and considered to be a national treasure. I fort I'd take a look at who he has had the most influence in their music an after some research hve come up wiv da fact that he seems to have been a major influence on Bob Dylan, another folk singer of some note! Dylan himself said of Lightfoot "Lightfoot became a mentor for a long time. I think he probably still is to this day." 

Great win Tucker. And one of my fav Gordon Lightfoot songs. In 1974 Clint Eastwood & Jeff Bridges starred in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot. A "road film" along the lines of Easy Rider The ultimate road film of the 60's. One of The Bands best tunes is on the soundtrack " The Weight" What is the linkie you ask? Canada! 

Supa dupa Tucker scores another win, well done my friend. Gordon Lightfoot was signed to Reprise Records which was a company originally set up & owned by Frank Sinatra to enable him & his pals to retain publishing rights for their songs. Moving on from boats another mode of transport could be an aeroplane so my linky is Frank Sinatra & "Come Fly With Me".

last week Mr Tucker chose the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald...According to the song, the Fitzgerald was bound "fully loaded for Cleveland". In fact she was heading for Detroit, there to discharge her cargo of taconite iron ore pellets before docking in Cleveland for the winter. So this week I have been thinking about songs about Detroit……ether are an awful lot of them…like 8 Mile by Eminem and Detroit Rock City by Kiss….but we have found one with a crafty nautical theme. Its Motown Music by Rod Stewart….Detroit was famously the home of Motown Records and of course Mr Stewart has a bit of a history of "Sailing" himself….

We adn't eard last week's winning song so it wuz a pleasure to discover it. Da only Gordon Lightfoot songs we ad eard of were "Cotton Jenny" n "Canadian Railroad Trilogy", da latter is a song dat wuz commisioned by da CBC to celebrate da centenary of Canada. Dis made us realise dere wuz a way dat we cud link to Africa fwom Canada. In Mali shortly after independence the Government decided to sponsor and support musicians largely through the Ministry of Railways n so the "Super Rail Band" was formed, although it has had various names. Over the decades it has launched the careers of many great musicians including internationally renowned singers like Mory Kante and Salif Keita. An almost constant figure in the band has been Djelimady Tounkara one of the greatest of the many great guitarists that Africa has produced, we should remember that the origins of Jazz, Blues n therefore Rock n Roll lie in Africa. Mali has a very rich cultural heritage that dates back many centuries n tho Dad generally doesn't support military intervenshun he wuz pleased dat France wuz prepared to help Mali resist religious fanatics who would seek to destroy and ban Mali's wonderful heritage n culture.

Anyway it is unfortunate dat dere is not a surfeit of good quality videos of the "Super Rail Band" so here is Djelimady Tounkara wiv a song he wrote for the Super Rail Band it is called Massa n he is performin it at a concert that wuz part of Mali's celebrations to mark 50 years of independence. Djelimady Tounkara - Massa - 

(sorry pals I can't embed the video so you''ll have to follow the linky)

Well dun to dat Tucker fur da win last week! You all is just so cleva wot plays da Lexie's chainy. We did think about dese songs ova da last few weeks and dey has been rilly seerious so we goin wif a little less serrious take and goin wif a boaty songy by an old crooner Jimmy Buffet's, Boat Drinks.Why? Cause wen it all said an dun we dus need to selbrate life cause it dus be ruff frum time to time so why not haf a likkle pawty on da boat and haf sum drinks!!

Eben tho me be judging and so not hab to do a linky, me gib you one anyway. (Mostly cuz me lub dis one and not hab enuff Gordon Lightfoot yet.) Me actually gib you two videos ob it cuz it so fantastic. Gordon Lightfoot was commissioned by da CBC to write dis song for a special broadcast on January 1, 1967 to start Canada’s Centennial year celebrations. So here we hab “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” which one ob da best songs eber wif some ob da most evocative images for which Lightfoot is so well known. Dis song like da Wreck ob da Edmund Fitzgerald be based on real events and likewise a tribute to those that died.

Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot-Canadian Railroad Trilogy LIVE

An da winner ............... as chosen by Tucker .............. dus be ........... @freddie_bt! A great linky, well done Freddie! You on dat winnin streak now an there are 3 of you battling for da number one spot so it's all to play for! Oh an dat means you will be selectin the winner next week Freddie. 

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 30 June 2013 (gots to get it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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