Song of the Day, April 15: Love Is by the McGarrigle Sisters

McGarrigleHALoveIsEmmylouBluebirdLoveIsToday’s song comes in two lovely versions. Kate and Anna McGarrigle wrote Love Is with their sister, Jane, in the mid-80s. They included it in live shows during a long break from studio work during that decade.It’s a charming song, a lovely bit of wordplay celebrating the ups and downs of that most powerful of emotions.

Longtime friend Emmylou Harris borrowed the song for her 1988 album, Bluebird, recording an energetic, country-pop version. Two years later, Kate and Anna recorded Heartbeats Accelerating, one of their finest albums. A synth-based adult contemporary/folk disc, it includes a more meditative version of the track. Both versions are spectacular, demonstrating how widely varied interpretations can lend strength to a good song.

Enjoy both Emmylou’s take and Kate and Anna’s version 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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