Song of the Day, October 30: It’s A Beautiful Night by Eddi Reader

ReaderVagaBeautifulToday’s song is It’s A Beautiful Night, written by Boo Hewerdine for his 2009 album God Bless the Pretty Things. In 2013, his longtime friend and frequent musical collaborator Eddi Reader began working on Vagabond, one of her finest albums. She gathered a number of friends — including Hewerdine — and recorded a set of original songs and covers that had special meaning for her. The result was a casual but cohesive disc that captures her wonderful voice and shows off her flawless sense of song selection. With the album’s themes of wandering, loving, losing, and making the most of life, this is the perfect closing track. As Reader observes in the liner notes:

The theme of finding beauty in the moment is something that is very important to me. [Boo] nailed it in this lyric… A song to sing as dawn is approaching while you’re draped over a piano. Or waltzing with the company of old companions. This is for all the players and Mark for making these sessions some of the most beautiful nights of my life.

That sums up the feel of the song — and the album — perfectly. It’s rare that anyone outshines Hewerdine on his own songs, but Reader simply nails the observational beauty and casual joy of this track. Enjoy a perfect celebration 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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