Monday, October 25, 2010 | Categories: Books
"Four Strong Winds" was the first song Ian Tyson ever wrote. It began its life on a rainy fall afternoon in 1962, in a dingy New York flat where he'd camped out to try his hand at song writing.
Ian Tyson was so inexperienced he says he wouldn't have known a metaphor from a prairie gopher, but he wrote the song while nursing a crush on a beautiful woman who'd bruised his heart - out of which came lyric magic.
Ian Tyson's been a songwriter for over half a century and a cowboy for longer than that. Since putting his first song on paper he's indulged his second passion as a cowboy. It was a bug he caught early and has never lost.
This fall he's come out with a new memoir, The Long Trail, My Life in the West. This week, Ian Tyson joined Michael in our studio in Toronto.