Song of the Day, May 31: Snowflakes In the Sun by Eddi Reader

ReaderSnowflakesToday’s song is an inspired collaboration. Eddi Reader recorded her 2013 album Vagabond in a series of relaxed sessions, working with an extended band of friends. The result is a delight, blending many styles into a fun, cohesive whole. One of the best tracks was written by Reader with husband John Douglas and long-time collaborator Boo Hewerdine while the sessions were underway. Reader describes Snowflakes In the Sun in the liner notes.

Started by Boo, with John having a hand in the chords of it. Boo wrote some lyrics and a bonny melody that I cherry-picked and we all played it one night in my home. This is the first take.

That speaks volumes about the collaborative energy of the trio. A quiet, jazzy folk number, the song sounds just like that description — timeless magic. The lyrics are bittersweet observations of loss, told poetically. The instruments are light and gentle, and Reader’s vocal is powerful in its restraint. This is a fine moment in impressive careers.

Enjoy this beautiful 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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