Song of the Day, March 26: Careful by Thompson

ThompsonFamilyToday’s song is Careful, one of two contributions by husband and wife team Kami Thompson and James Walbourne (also known as the Rails) to the delightful album Family. Aptly credited to “Thompson,” the project was curated by Thompson’s brother, Teddy; it’s the first-ever joint venture of the extended musical family of folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson.

Careful is one of two Rails contributions, a spot-on pop gem with a slight country flair. Kami sings it beautifully, opening with the smart line “Careful you don’t fall in love with someone who might break your heart.” Energetic and wistful, it captures the spirit of the family outing brilliantly. Richard Thompson contributes a stirring lead guitar and assorted family members add lovely harmonies.

With so much talent in the family, the project took on a slightly competitive nature as the contributions trickled in. Teddy has observed of this track, “When Kami’s songs came in, my heart sunk just a little. I knew that she had won.”

It’s hard to pick a single winner, but Careful is a definite highlight of a brilliant set. 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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