Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, the feature documentary written, directed and produced by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, with original score by John Welsman, will have it’s world premiere at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto on April 27, 2019, with theatrical release to follow.
Produced by Insight Productions, the film is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of legendary Canadian songwriter and recording artist Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon.
Welsman writes: What an honour to be asked to provide the underscore for a film about this hugely influential songwriter and musician. I studied his music very carefully in my youth, so for my contribution to the score, felt well equipped to model the sound and general tone of the many Lightfoot originals that form the backbone of the film’s soundtrack.
Here’s a piece we recorded but didn’t end up using in the film itself – an arrangement of Did She Mention My Name - guitar and 12 string guitar played by the fabulous Jason Fowler.