Monday, November 26, 2012

Song #314 of 9999 - Speaking With the Angel by Ron Sexsmith

Song #314 of 9999 

Title: Speaking With the Angel
Artist: Ron Sexsmith
Year: 1995
Album: Ron Sexsmith

I'm getting started late tonight so I'm going to make this brief and just let you listen to the best songwriter you've never heard singing a song from the best album you don't own. (If you're one of the enlightened few, good for you—spread the word!)

Canadian Ron Sexsmith is a songwriter's songwriter. Who loves him? Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Nick Lowe, Ray Davies, Leonard Cohen, Elton John—just those guys. His songs have been remade by a number of artists, most successfully Rod Stewart ("Secret Heart"), k.d. lang ("Fallen") and Emmylou Harris ("Hard Bargain"). Yet, Sexsmith himself has achieved only modest success despite sustained accolades from peers and critics.

"Speaking With the Angel" is from Sexsmith's 1995 debut, which is filled with amazing songs in spare settings. It was written for his son when he was just three months old and is the song that first brought him national attention. It's one of the most beautiful and moving songs I've ever heard. I hope you enjoy it!

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