Wednesday, January 05, 2011

wonderful song, very nice voice

Other people will remember him for other songs, but I'll remember him for one of my all-time favorites, Right Down the Line. Walking toward the door of a drug store Sunday afternoon with Himself, I slowed my steps as I heard the introductory tones of this song. Sometimes I have to remind myself that he didn't spend the 70's snuggled up to a portable radio, soaking up every bit of music like some people I could name-- I don't think this tune registered at all for him. I shuffled a second, not wanting to leave the store until I heard the voice of Gerry Rafferty, always smooth and so pleasing to me. I love this song for its felicitous union of voice, instrumentation, layered harmonies and a message of faith and constancy, and that's something to which we all should aspire, in my humble opinion.

I was sad to hear Tuesday evening that he'd died yesterday. R.I.P, Gerry, and thanks for the lovely music.


Old NFO said...

Good song! I remember him from Stealer's Wheel back in the 70's! RIP Sir, RIP!

Jon said...

The only fault I could find with any of his music was the repetitive playing of his songs to the point I would change the station.

I hope he was well rewarded for his exceptional talent and excellent work.

Shannon said...

Many fond childhood memories attached to that song ~ sad to lose such a talent.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How did I not hear about this? This was the sound of my childhood!

Vinogirl said...

That's sad news...along with a bit of Steeleye Span, I liked me some Stealers Wheel.

phlegmfatale said...

Old NFO - He made a lot of good music.

Jon - Is true, you CAN get too much of a good thing, but I never heard this song too often.

Shannon - me too.

Barbara - My childhood, too.

Vinogirl - you gots good taste, baby!

Keads said...

Great tune but my favorite from him was "Home and Dry".