If you could read Gordon Lightfoot's mind, you might discover how the Canadian singer-songwriter has been able to entertain audiences for nearly eight decades. Maybe you'd get a little insight into how he has written some of the most iconic songs in folk-rock history. As cool as that might be, it would be much more fun to see Lightfoot live and let hit song after hit song wash over you.
Even though Lightfoot will celebrate his 79th birthday later this year, he's still touring and performing across Canada and the U.S., including a stop in Boise on Saturday, June 10, when he and his 12-string will take the stage at the Egyptian Theatre. Not only is it impressive that Lightfoot is still touring, it's a wonder he is still alive, let alone performing: He survived an aortic aneurysm and tracheotomy, and he was in a coma for six weeks.
In his 1970 song, "If You Could Read My Mind," Lightfoot sang: "If you could read my mind, love. / What a tale my thoughts could tell." Soon, learning more about Lightfoot won't require a psychic skill—The Canadian Press reported earlier this month that a much-anticipated biography on the private Lightfoot will hit bookstores this fall.