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Marnie, the event of the Edmund Fitzgerald is one of those that seems to stick in my memory. I can remember that night. Living in Southern MN, we were experiencing similar weather. It was early for November storms. I can remember the news and the days that followed.
Not so long ago, I used the song by Lightfoot as an example of a ballad while teaching 8th grade music appreciation. I was able to connect a little American history to music and share a major event first hand, if you will.
The definitely were mesmerized by the story and went away knowing what a ballad is.
Now when I hear that song by Lightfoot, I still get chills.

Enjoy the concert and the museum. I'll be thinking of you.

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on September 13, 2010 at 6:52pm
I remember the "Fitz" very well. I was working in a small hospital at the time in Superior, Wi (right on the big lake) with the mother of one of the ship's crew. What a sad occasion. Lake Superior can be quite wicked but even when the weather out there is bad, it is still beautiful. Would not want to be out there in the gales of Nov. I can remember another Nov when 2 young teens were out on the lighthouse canal in Duluth, Mn during a terrible storm and were swept by the waves into the lake and never found; I think that was in the '70's also.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 13, 2010 at 6:00am
Bonnie, if you do the Lake Superior Circle Tour, don't forget I am in Canada on the north shore of Lake Superior. We will have to get together.
I love Gordon Lightfoot's singing. I wish I was going with you Marnie. He has been in Thunder Bay a few times but it is 3.5 hours travelling, overnight in a motel and probably at least $80 for tickets for the two of us, meals and gas and just not going to happen (ha).
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 12, 2010 at 8:44pm
*referencing (sorry for the typo)
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 12, 2010 at 8:44pm
Interestingly enough, my son (the die-hard cowboy) likes all styles of music. He went through a Gordon Lightfoot phase and played The Wreck of the EF over and over for a time. When participating in an Academic Quiz Bowl meet, which is basically general trivia knowledge, he was probably the only high school kid in southwest Nebraska who knew the answer to a question referincing this song.
Comment by Marnie/NH on September 12, 2010 at 7:32pm
What a GREAT Idea . I bet the kids learned more that day than most days. Thanks I will enjoy the concert and museum for you too!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 12, 2010 at 3:00pm
What a great way to combine music and history.
Comment by Bonnie on September 12, 2010 at 2:53pm
I, too, like the song, and the singer.

When you said you used it in class, I flashed back on an assembly my kid's grade school had when they went (do they even do assemblies anymore?). It was a French Canadian ballad singer telling of the Voyagers in Minnesota and Canada. He came era dressed and we were lucky enough to have him to dinner that night. Music is such a potent teacher!

My good story is my husband is agreeing to my idea of next summer's vacation being to drive all the way around Lake Superior! We'll see how it goes with the economy, but even him agreeing is fulfilling some of my childhood dreams!

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