Song of the Day, October 27: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by John Cale

Today’s song is Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by John Cale. He set out to record a response to the Falklands War, and the result was 1989’s Words for the Dying. As he had done previously, he adapted the poetry of fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas to music for a number of the songs, including this one.

Considered one of his finest works, the poem was composed by Thomas as he watched his once powerful father succumb to old age. Cale perfectly captures the spirit of the words in his masterful composition. My favorite recording of the song is from Fragments of a Rainy Season, Cale’s 1992 career retrospective live acoustic album. The bare piano accompaniment is a perfect framework for his stark vocals.

Today, enjoy this wonderful orchestral performance by Cale and celebrate the 97th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth.

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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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