Song of the Day, February 2: I’m In A Mood by Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight

MarryOliverMoodToday’s song is a wonderful lyrical journey from siblings Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight. After their mother — the great Lal Waterson — died in 1998, Oliver spent a few years tying up the loose ends of her musical legacy. Marry pitched in and gradually renewed her interest in music after a decade or more pursuing other arts. The pair formed a musical partnership, and their second album, Hidden, is a delight.

Marry’s quirky mastery of lyric fits nicely with Oliver’s distinctive soundscapes. Her voice settled into its own groove, pulling the elements together. I’m In A Mood is a perfect opener for the disc. An exploration of darker emotions, it captures the confusion of despair and the unintended consequences of other people’s actions — even when well-intentioned. Relying on nuance rather than emphasis, Waterson and Knight create an evocative, resonant emotional package.

I’m in a mood, I’m in a rage
I’m in a shocking state of grace…
And I’d like you to know
I’m not feeling myself

Enjoy this wonderful 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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