Song of the Day, February 10: Translucent Soul by Ellis Paul

TranslucentSoulToday’s song is Translucent Soul, the lovely title track from Ellis Paul’s fourth album. It’s a tribute to our shared humanity, represented in the song by Paul’s longstanding friendship with African American folk singer Vance Gilbert. He presents a conversation between the two, noting the racial tension that sadly still exists in this country. They celebrate their personal bond and the way it transcends that challenge. Paul walks a fine line, noting that one-on-one familiarity can make a difference while not neglecting the broader social issues. It’s a beautifully crafted, well-balanced song and a wonderful tribute to the power of friendship.

There isn’t a thing
in this God-all-mighty world that I wouldn’t do
to help him outta trouble
Seein’ as how we’re friends and
that goes deeper than skin can go
to a translucent soul
Deeper than color will show
translucent soul

Enjoy this lovely 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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