Song of the Day, July 11: Listen, Listen by Sandy Denny

SandyListenToday’s song is a thematic capsule for a wonderful album. Sandy Denny’s second solo disc, simply titled Sandy, is a lovely overview of her vocal talents and musical styles. Right at the middle of the track list is Listen, Listen. A Denny original, it reflects her most common themes, weaving them together in a beautiful package.

Denny loves songs about travel and wandering, especially when they involve the water. The subject of this song is a traveller, who feels the “salty spray” in the second line. He’s also worth listening to, reflecting her passion for storytellers, especially those who weave their tales in music. The whole story has a nostalgic feel to it, engaging her interest in the timeless and traditional. The seamless fusion of these ideas, presented in one of her finest vocals, makes the song a standout in her all-too-brief career.

Enjoy this lovely song 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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