Second - Kudos to Terry Collins !!! He's right. (see "best song" thread below)
The song "Four Strong Winds" is considered to be Canada's #1 song of all-time !!!
Third - Ian Tyson wrote this song after being inspired by...guess who?...Bob Dylan.
<> Greenwich Village (1960)
Ian & Sylvia headed down to New York (by car) and when they arrived at Greenwich Village,
they were pretty much welcomed into the American "folk" scene.
Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul & Mary) even greeted Sylvia by saying....
"Why did you have to be so damn gorgeous ???" (hahaha)
I think part of our appeal was the fact Sylvia and I were Canadian.
One thing sticks in my mind about being there.
There was this scraggly looking guy bumming off cigarettes from everyone.
Later, we see him at this coffee house singing:"Blowin' In The Wind".
I whispered to Sylvia: "If this Dylan character could write songs, anybody can" !!!
About half-an-hour later I went back to Albert Grossman's apartment (our manager),
and in about 20 minutes, wrote: "Four Strong Winds".
>> CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) <<<
The song has a clear Canadian context and sub-context,
including an explicit mention of the Province of Alberta....
as well as references to long cold winters.
In 2005, CBC listeners chose "Four Strong Winds" as the greatest Canadian song of all time.
"All those things that don't change come what may." - Ian & Sylvia
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