Song of the Day, July 8: Hard Times Heart by Norma Waterson

NormaHardTimesToday’s song is a rare writing effort by a renowned interpreter of many genres. As a member of the Watersons, Norma Waterson established herself as one of the finest voices in folk music. She also delighted in singing and recording standards, dance tunes, and gospel songs, finding the thread of human spirit that runs through all music. When she finally released a solo album after three decades of collaborative work, she brought all these elements together in a brilliant package.

She also brought an original song of her own. While her siblings, Lal and Mike, and husband Martin Carthy had written and recorded many songs that they wrote themselves, Norma had not committed her own work to vinyl. Hard Times Heart is a lovely offering and a standout moment on her solo outing. Norma offers a heartfelt lyric inspired by the disintegrating marriage of a friend, delivered in her fine alto. The band provide a stirring backdrop, cautiously hopeful for days ahead.

Enjoy this lovely 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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