Song of the Day, June 6: Let It Blow by Richard Thompson

rtFrontParlourToday’s song is a delightful tale of romantic mismatch. On his stellar 2005 album Front Parlour Ballads, Richard Thompson stripped things down, playing almost all the instruments himself and crafting careful, often deceptively simple tracks. The opening number is a standout, a classic Thompson story.

Let It Blow tells the story of a charming cad and his romantic pursuit of an Air New Zealand hostess. Filled with amusing details and witty asides, the song details their courtship, travails, and eventual failure. Thompson is at his witty best, and the spare musical setting lets the words have their way, as the acoustic guitar provides a lovely setting.

O he loved the pursuit and the romance
But the details were more of a chore
When the bride’s veil lifted, his mind soon drifted
At least that’s what happened before

Enjoy this delightful 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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