Song of the Day, December 23: Light Up Or Leave Me Alone by Traffic

TrafficSparkLightToday’s song is Jim Capaldi’s Light Up Or Leave Me Alone. He contributed the track to Traffic’s sixth album, the classic Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys. Part of the album’s enduring power comes from the tension of its many talented members, especially the divergent but complimentary approaches of Capaldi and Steve Winwood. Somehow the group held that tension, allowing it to provide energy to the songs.

The album is by turns jazzy and folky with a strong rock heartbeat. This track is more traditional blues-based rock, a striking note that underscores its power. Capaldi declaims his vocal, a dismissive tell-off to groupies and hangers-on. The singer’s patience is clearly wearing thin, and his urgent, emphatic delivery is perfect. The music is funky and jarring, with a series of stops and starts that conjure up the pressures of life on the road.

Enjoy this classic 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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