Someday Soon

by John the Basket

In 1963, Ian Tyson, a Canadian folk singer and songwriter (and former rodeo rider), wrote the song "Someday Soon" and performed it with his singing partner Sylvia Fricker. They soon released a 45 of the recorded song and it was fairly popular in Canada.

Actually, along with a few songs nearly as good, it helped promote Ian and Sylvia from the western provinces to the prairies to the hot folk scene in Toronto, from which they made the jump to Greenwich Village and North American folk fame and a couple dozen more albums. There was a time in the early sixties when Ian and Sylvia were as popular as Peter, Paul and Mary and nearly as popular as Bob Dylan. In 1967, American folk singer Judy Collins recorded the tune and had a minor hit with it.

I had a girlfriend whose best friend Phil (female) played folk guitar and had a hell of a voice. Today she's over 70 and, to my knowledge, is still singing and playing. But in 1967 and 1968, the last two years I lived "at home" (with my parents), my girlfriend and Phil would stop by my folks' house for an occasional visit.

Mom & Dad's house was a gathering place for all my friends and all my sister's friends because my folks liked the idea of knowing where we were, so they opened up their house to any of our friends who wanted to visit or crash or have a sandwich and a soda, just about 24 hours a day.

Phil would play her guitar and sing for whoever was gathered in my folks' living room and, as I said, she was terrific. The song I remember best is the aforementioned "Someday Soon." She belted it out and an encore was always demanded. She sang many other songs, but 55 years later the one I remember best is "Someday Soon."

Sadly, I don't have a recording of Phil singing it, but here's a recording from a 1967 episode of the Smothers Brothers television show of Judy Collins singing this fine Ian Tyson composition.


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1 comment:

  1. Ah, John. That's a song I've always loved, that taught me 'wistful'
    before wistful was my daily habit. Your article fits the mood so well,
    and makes the song even sadder and more wistful... Wouldn't have
    thought 'more wistful' was even possible.

    Thank you, my friend.


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