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September 12, 2007

Whiskyprajer, Janiva, and Richard

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

WhiskyPrajer is learning to like Richard Thompson and is crazy about Janiva Magness. Here's a free taste of the souful Janiva. And here's Thompson's bizarrely stirring "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," with its witty reference to "Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme." Be sure to enjoy Thompson's droning / dancing virtuosity on the guitar too.



posted by Michael at September 12, 2007


Mr. Thompson's been a favorite of mine since the early days of Fairport Convention and he only improved once he went on his own with his then wife, Linda. But, though an avid fan for a long, long time I am not a fan of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning and as an apostle of Mr. Thompson, I never recommend this song. First couple of times? Great. But after that? Grating. I'd recommend I Misunderstood, Wall of Death, the humor of Tear Stained Letter, or the utterly gut-wrenching Dimming of the Day that he performs here with his ex-wife.
But, any plug for any song by Mr. Thompson is a good thing, so thanks very much, Michael, for pushing his cause. He's not only an extraordinary composer, and guitar-player; he's an engaging and considerate person when you meet him. So much talent, so little guile. It's a rare combination these days.

I'm hoping Whisky Prajer is persuaded by the strength of Mr. Thompson's latest releaseSweet Warrior to be completely drawn into the music and words of Richard Thompson.

Posted by: DarkoV on September 13, 2007 8:37 AM

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