Song of the Day, February 10: Foolish Love by Rufus Wainwright

WainwrightRRufusToday’s song is Foolish Love by Rufus Wainwright. By the time he released his debut album in 1998, Wainwright was an experienced writer and performer. He sang and played with his talented family at home and toured with his mother and aunt, Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Working with family friend Lenny Waronker, he recorded a strong set of demos and landed a deal with DreamWorks. Rufus Wainwright was a labor of love, taking months to record and produce. It’s a great showcase for his talents, showing off his charming vocals, piano skills, and growing confidence as a vocalist.

Foolish Love was the perfect choice as the opening track. Starting with a simple vocal and piano, Wainwright invokes the five senses as he ponders the powers of love. The song builds slowly, adding instruments and eventually including a full string section. After a glorious swirl of sound, it wraps up with musical simplicity. It’s a stirring ode to what love can do to us, celebratory and cautionary in one dazzling package.

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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