Sunday, 18 November 2012

Think of Me with Kindness (Gentle Giant, 1972)

I like this song very much. The melody is so well found and the sweetness of the scoustic arrangement is powered by the softness of Ray Shulman's vocals. Just a simple ballad, "kept simple to retain the essentially intimate mood of the piece", as the group say in their liner notes. The "Octopus" album features more structured and also well known songs, but this one's a little and bright jewel, IMHO.

Gentle Giant at their best.

Now, the lyrics. The song is about a fading away love, and I never read such a tender text. When a love comes to an end, there's still so much to remember and so many reasons to think of the other "with kindness". Prog meets love song.