The trip through the music alluded to in the novel The Ten Weeks will take a mellow turn this week with Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind.” Lightfoot is the only Canadian represented in this list.
This is a relatively new performance, but this is still a very smooth and beguiling song and performer.
One general observation I’d like to make is that you hear the music from this era piped into malls and shopping centres and reperformed. The first time I noticed this, I was in Boynton Beach, back in the 1990’s. I thought, “has WQAM‘s signal bounced back from some far planet?” But the reality is that this was a very creative era, and not just by really well-known groups such as the Beatles.
The song is mentioned in the chapter The Ten Weeks, 6 February, Part II, When Victory is Out of Reach.