During my teen years, along with Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell, Ian and Sylvia were singers who defined a distinctive type of Canadian music that mixed folk with country and urban overtones. I grew up listening to, learning and loving the songs they composed - You Were On My Mind, Someday Soon et al - as well as their covers of Lightfoot, Dylan and others. But I don't think there is a song to beat this one and there is good reason it was chosen as one of the greatest Canadian songs. There have been all manner of covers but nobody sang it like Ian and Sylvia. This version of Four Strong Winds was recorded at a reunion concert on the CBC in 1986. They are joined by Judy Collins, Emily Lou Harris, Lightfoot and Murray Maclaughlin. Now there's a backup group if there ever was one!
I have to admit that hearing it today brought back memories and made me feel just a little big old. I'm finding it hard to believe that it almost 50 years since I first heard them sing it. And like all great songs it endures.
12 ottobre/October - San Serafino da Montegranaro