It is marking season at the university where I work. I love my job, but not this bit of it. I once wrote a song about it:
The unmarked essays pile high
I start to scan with dread
The words of those who cannot write
‘Bout books they have not read
To make the task more bearable, I listen to records. An LP by Gordon Lightfoot, the great Canadian singer songwriter, is on the turntable now.
Don Quixote was released in 1972, and it is one of those albums they call “solid”. A critic opined: “The album contains little innovation on Lightfoot’s trademark folk sound”. Maybe so, but it is a good collection of songs, well performed and produced, and it is cheering my day. As a caffeine addict, I can particularly relate to this song.
I’m on my second cup of coffee and I still can’t face the day
Yup. Been there. Now, back to the marking.
Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
- LP Title: Don Quixote
- Side 2, Track 2: “Second Cup of Coffee”
- Format: 12”, 33⅓ rpm
- Label: Reprise
- Catalogue: MS 2056
- Manufactured in: United States
- Year: 1972
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