Song of the Day, November 14: Thing Called Love by Bonnie Raitt

RaittThingCalledLoveToday’s song is Thing Called Love. John Hiatt composed the song for his 1987 album Bring the Family, a complex song cycle through which he came to grips with his history of substance abuse, the damage we can do to our loved ones, and the redemptive power of love. His friend Bonnie Raitt borrowed the song for her unexpected comeback album, Nick of Time.

Hiatt’s original take is raw and open, with a mature sense that love can’t solve everything, but that it is a powerful, vital force. Raitt takes that sentiment and makes it sultry, adding her trademark bluesy style and crafting another adult look at love and commitment, a sort of nobody’s perfect but we might be perfect together vibe. A standout track on a strong album, it helped re-establish Raitt’s place in music.

Enjoy this great 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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