Sunday, July 9, 2017

Emmylou Harris Sings "Like Strangers"


Please forgive the glitch that opens this video. Just a little imperfection to set in relief the perfection that follows. The song is by the wife-husband songwriting team of Felice Byrant (born Matilda Scaduto) and Boudleaux Byrant, who wrote most of the Everly Brothers hits, including "Love Hurts" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream." How about this cosmic tidbit from Wikipedia about the duo:
"Bryant and Scaduto eloped two days after meeting. Their song, "All I Have To Do Is Dream," is autobiographical for Felice. She was working as an elevator operator at the Sherwood Hotel when she saw Bryant. She has said that she "recognized" him immediately; she had seen his face in a dream when she was eight years old, and had "looked for him forever." She was nineteen when they met."
Despite the charmed meeting, they must have experienced the circumstances of "Like Strangers," and felt these lines down to the bone (I know I have):
Let's forget that we've been angry
Let's be lovers like before
And swear not to be like strangers anymore
Emmylou is accompanied on vocals by Jon Randall (guitar) and Sam Bush (mandolin). Bush is a legendary figure in progressive country and bluegrass. He's played with everyone, making them sound better every time. Not that the peerless Emmylou needs any help in that regard.

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