'Scarborough Fair' by Simon & Garfunkel - yes, it's a folk song, but given slightly hippy treatment and popularised by the Dustin Hoffman film 'The Graduate':
This is one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time.
Before I had access to my own computer, I'd ask other people to play it for me.
When I started crying, everyone thought it was Bruce and his song that got to me.
It was, in a way.
Me asking other people to play this song on their computer meant I was homeless,
being reduced to poverty by all the criminal activity against me,
after I ran for mayor as a protest candidate to complain about being a victim, family and friends.
In 1970, I was backstage at Brock University, and ended up standing beside Bruce Cockburn.
That's when Bruce was driving across Canada in his camper pickup with his wife and dog.
"High Winds and White Skies", his double album as an acoustic guitarist, is still a favorite.
Someone called out, John, how does it feel to see someone else playing guitar like you?
It got quiet. Everyone was watching Bruce turn and stare at me.
I said if I can play a steady bass beat and finger-pick like an acoustic guitarist,
then an acoustic guitarist can finger-pick and play a steady bass beat.
Bruce got a big smile on his face and turned back to keep talking with the professors.
He also came back the next year, but I couldn't make it. I had my own gig.
Knowing we shared that moment in time, knowing what bands and stages I left behind,
and seeing what my life had become, is the real reason I would start crying.
I still do. He uses some phase shifting and echo for his solo here, totally tasty.
And you really can't get a better introduction than this.
Bruce went to the Brazilian rain-forest as an environmental activist,
and when they told him about American intervention in Guatemala,
he went there and wrote this song.
I thought his use of electronic echo for the solo made it not quite folk music.
You might have to cut me a little slack when it comes to all my fonting.
You seem to be an instrumental musician who doesn't sing.
If you sang, then words would not only become important,
but song-writing might have some responsibilities as a human being alive on this earth.
And you have to admit, not bad for an old man.
Dan Ackroyd, "Saturday Night Live", "Ghostbusters", "The Avro", was born a half hour away from me,
but I didn't talk about him. He was there just to introduce Doctor and Honourary Professor Bruce Cockburn.
I can understand where you're coming from, in England, while this is very Canadian for all Canadians.
I still got tears in my eyes.
I don't mind you having your opinions, or how you dole out information about yourself...
...However, now you are putting your attitude on me about another member.
And that's in progressive rock, somewhere I haven't seen you post in,
and considering all your content here, I can't see you being into progressive rock.
Every once in a while I accost Prog Head because, while I have played progressive rock,
and see his continuing threads about progressive rock bands with the enormous amount of views he gets,
we seldom interact.
When I'm asking for his opinion, I'm serious, even if we have gone through the Gates of Delirium.