Song of the Day, February 11: She Loves A Girl by Ellis Paul

EllisSheLovesToday’s song is She Loves A Girl by Ellis Paul. It appears on his magnificent fourth album, Translucent Soul. Most of the album is an exploration of damaged relationships, drawing on Paul’s recent divorce. She Loves A Girl takes a different look at the subject. Rather than dissecting a doomed romance, Paul crafts a brilliant, tragic look at how a family can detonate. When the title character comes out to her parents, she is ostracized. Other family members including the person to whom the song is addressed, must figure out what love and family really mean. By focusing on one of the straight relatives, Paul smartly removes any sense of blame from the woman who just wants to live — and love — honestly. It’s a nice construction and a powerful moment of effective lyrical compassion from a straight ally. Paul’s down-to-earth delivery anchors the lyrical themes nicely, and the folk-pop setting is  perfect for the emotional resonance.

Enjoy this lovingly crafted 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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