Coloring Club Plus — 2/9/19

Feb 9

Feb 9a

Today is another Richard & Linda Thompson offering, this one from their “Pour Down Like Silver” CD.  This one has Linda singing it.  “Dimming of the Day” is a song I first heard sung by Bonnie Raitt, who does an excellent cover, but I didn’t know who had written it.  Richard Thompson wrote the song, and it is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, in every respect.

richard and linda pics

from wikipediaPour Down Like Silver is the third album by the British duo of singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard and singer Linda Thompson. It was recorded in the summer of 1975 and released in November 1975… The Thompsons had adopted the Sufi faith in 1974 and had moved into a commune in London. The songs on this album reflect their new faith and the relief that Richard Thompson had found in that faith… The understated and elegant “Dimming of the Day” was sung by Linda Thompson on this album, but Richard Thompson has continued to feature it in his own live shows for many years – an indication of its deep personal significance. This song is an example of Thompson writing in a centuries-old Sufic tradition of expressing divine love in earthly terms. On the album “Dimming of the Day” segues into a solo guitar performance of Scots composer James Scott Skinner’s “Dargai” that perfectly matches the mood of the song and serves to bring the album to a contemplative conclusion…. After this album and the following short tour, Richard and Linda Thompson took a sabbatical from recording, writing and performing music.


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