Night Music: Richard and Linda Thompson, “Walking On A Wire”

Richard and Linda Thompson were members of the great English folk group, Fairport Convention. They left and made an amazing sequence of great albums of folk/rock music, which culminated with their breakup album, Shoot Out the Lights, which rocked as hard as their hearts undoubtedly hurt.

It is a harrowing collaboration telling the story of their estrangement, its vortices and its troughs. Afterwards, Linda of the lovely voice lost her ability to sing for a while, but managed to win an Oscar for best song anyway. But Richard never stopped playing the songs, no matter how darkly he was implicated. Making such solos seems to be why he is here.

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