Song of the Day, February 13: Please Be the One by Karla Bonoff

bonoffpleasebeToday’s song is a standout from the catalog of a master pop songwriter. Karla Bonoff rose to prominence collaborating with Linda Ronstadt. She penned three songs on Ronstadt’s Hasten Down the Wind and provided vocal support. She began her own recording career a year later and released sporadic solo albums while writing hit songs for others.

Her third album, 1982’s Wild Heart of the Young, features her finest moment. Please Be the One is a darkly quiet song of need. Honing the smart, aching pop that found success for Ronstadt, Lynn Anderson, Wynonna, and others, Bonoff crafted a wonderful musical package. Filled with hope, tinged with doubt, and sung with just the right mix of reserve and desire, it shows off her skills as singer and writer.

Enjoy this beautiful 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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