Here we have a sweet sad love song by Di­do (full name Di­do Flo­ri­an Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Arm­strong) who was born in 1971 and is thus younger than many oth­er Songs of the Day. It was a huge hit, hard­ly ob­scure (the al­bum Life For Rent sold 10+ mil­lion copies). It’s OK to be main­stream some­times, and White Flag is more than OK, it’s bril­liant.

Dido on stage
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Dido in the studio

An Aus­tralian sto­ry · A dozen years ago we went on a camp­ing trip to the south­east cor­ner of Aus­tralia with a dozen or more peo­ple, in­clud­ing a few kid­s. One evening, the lit­tle ones were asleep and we were sit­ting around the fire en­joy­ing a few well-earned drinks when the party’s three pre-teen girls wan­dered in out of the dark and said they’d been work­ing on a song. They put this dinky lit­tle CD play­er (maybe even cas­set­te, back then?) on the ground, and sang White Flag. They were grub­by from camp­ing, thin as twigs, and so were their voic­es, and af­ter a few min­utes, sit­ting in the dusk lis­ten­ing to their wa­v­ery I will go down with this ship/And I won’t put my hands up and sur­ren­der, well, there were a cou­ple of tear-stained parents’ cheek­s.

Grant­ed, it’s over­pro­duced, synth-drenched, and cliche-ridden. But lis­ten to the vo­cal line, there’s a lot hap­pen­ing there and her voice is exquisite.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Ama­zon, Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, live video young, on the big stage (max emo) and a tiny tri­o, ten years lat­er (max mu­sic).



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From: Leonardo Herrera (Feb 01 2018, at 04:08)

It's overproduced because it was the thing to do at the time (e.g. those techno-Gregorian guys, Enigma, oh, and Seal, etc.)

Totally enjoying these posts, Tim. Came to this blog for the insight on standards and dry XML related things (back in the day), but stayed for cottage pictures and music :-)

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