Song of the Day: Richard & Linda Thompson's 'Dimming of the Day'

Published May 14, 2012 11:58 am
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Richard Thompson has written so many beautiful acoustic songs over the years, and "Dimming of the Day" is one of his best.

I first heard it on the soundtrack of "The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood," which I am embarrassed at and haven't revealed until today. I don't know in what context the song appeared, since I haven't seen the film. I swear.

The love song was written by Thompson and performed with his then-wife Linda Thompson on the 1975 album "Pour Down Like Silver." I was excited to see it included on Alison Krauss' most recent album, and although she nails it, I love the harmonies of Richard and Linda. Others have performed it, too, as you can see below.

Live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6kjCd7QRbw

Studio version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzqjD-_OMHk&feature=related

Alison Krauss version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob9_87IwgsI&feature=related

Here is David Gilmour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK2N3S0lr4c

Here is Emmylou Harris:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EarKJ30GyoA

And here is Bonnie Raitt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RXJc199zFk

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