Song of the Day, September 17: You Lose and You Gain by John Bottomley

Today’s song is You Lose and You Gain by John Bottomley. A Canadian singer-songwriter, Bottomley recorded truly modern folk-rock. His musical structures were fairly straightforward guitar-based soft rock, but his lyrics were a mixture of wonderful stories, natural mysticism, and tales of the human condition. Moderately successful in Canada, he was largely unknown in the U.S. His finest album was 1995’s Blackberry, which balanced all of his song styles nicely.

You Lose and You Gain is a wonderful song about coping with adversity and making the most of what you have. It was Bottomley’s biggest hit, peaking at #6 on the Canadian charts. A quietly powerful tune, it’s one of a handful I rely on when feeling down. Sadly, Bottomley, a life-long depression sufferer, took his own life in April of this year. Today would have been his 51st birthday. Celebrate a life too short with this wonderul song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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