Song of the Day, May 20: Comfort and Joy by Clive Gregson

GregsonC&JAfter splitting with musical partner Christine Collister in 1992, Clive Gregson began a proper solo career. A decade later, he had hit a nice groove — never a rut — with simple, lovely songs that he wrote and produced himself, typically playing all the instruments. His warm voice and keen eye for detail, combined with his compassionate but realistic sense of the perils of modern love and life, resulted in great sets of songs each time out.

2002’s Comfort and Joy is one of his finest, and its title track is a standout in his long career. Opening with a sly nod to the lyrics of Matty Groves, it’s a bittersweet look at neglected lives and quiet regrets. His characters are sad but never tragic, and his delivery somehow makes the title seem hopeful and faintly possible rather than just ironic. It’s a wonderful construction, beautifully sung, by a master of understated music.

Enjoy this glorious little song today.


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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