Song of the Day, June 30: Bell Tower Radio by John Bottomley

BottomleySOHBellToday’s song is the stirring opener to John Bottomley’s second album, Songs With the Ornamental Hermits. A talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Bottomley created his own brand of folk rock. Lyrically complex, filled with natural imagery, often focused on character and vignettes, his songs were crafted of beautiful tunes with just the right edge of electric guitar, creating a distinct crunch that set him apart from his contemporaries.

Bell Tower Radio is something of a Bottomley manifesto. Using the image of a travelling troubadour, he sings of the power of music. Drawing strength from the natural trails he wanders and inspiration from the animals he encounters, the bard offers ringing songs of wit and charm. Bottomley’s slightly raspy vocal adds grit to the mix, creating a compelling vision of musical offerings and the varied emotions they convey.

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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