I was drunk the day my Momma got out of prisonThe Globe and Mail has shocked me with some attention paid to the utterly wonderful Steve Goodman.
All of us enjoy his superb "City of New Orleans" but there is also the perfect country song he helped formulate.
The review in the Globe makes me feel very sad I never saw him perform. Especially Michael Smith's magnificent "The Dutchman".
It also includes gratuitous stupidities - "He got his recording contract, improbably, thanks to Paul Anka, who spotted Goodman in a Chicago folk club." What does that "improbsbly" mean? Is the reviewer, Peter Feniak, simply expressing infantile and uninformed prejudices against the judgments and good sense of Paul Anka, and, if so, why? Paul Anka (an Ottawa boy) is one of the true geniuses of the music industry of the last 50 years, and his championing of Steve Goodman seems entirely consistent with all his other good calls. I wonder what similar calls Peter Feniak has made.