Song of the Day, May 23: Solo by Sandy Denny

DennyWaltzSoloToday’s song is a wonderful reflection on independence. After leaving Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny launched a solo career, with a mixed bag debut and a stunning second release. Her third effort, Like An Old Fashioned Waltz, is a bit of a disappointment, with husband Trevor Lucas’ production muddying the sound.

One track is a standout in Denny’s rich catalog, however. Solo features some nice observations, recognizing that in the end we all must own our lives. Denny observed in an interview, that it’s

A song which depicts, I think, that knowledge we all have inside, which is, that nobody can live your life for you. But at the same time, let’s try to help one another, all the same.

She also makes a fun jab at her own folk diva reputation with the line “I’ve always kept a unicorn and I never sing out of tune.” The whole package is stirring and elegant, a fine musical moment.

Enjoy this great 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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