I first featured the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and their song “Cedar Lane” during my initial week of posts on this website in early January 2020.
Since then, I’ve continued to hear the duo on numerous web radio stations and through random YouTube servings of suggested videos. I have grown to love their music, with such compositions as “Fireworks” and other originals, plus their covers of famous songs.
Today while I was looking at their YouTube channel, I found a live performance of the piece they wrote to honour the inspiration they, as young singer-songwriters, took from greats like Emmylou Harris. In the video, they perform the song at the 2015 Polaris Music Prize gala in Stockholm, Sweden. During their introduction of the song, Johanna Söderberg says the piece is about the joy and magic of singing with one you love; then Klara humbly declares they never expected they’d be singing it in the presence of award laureate Harris herself (whom I have featured in her trio performance with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, and linked to her trio with Daniel Lanois and Willie Nelson within a post on a song by Lanois).
Like all First Aid Kit’s work, today’s selection contains lovely harmonies and it is a pleasure to hear (and see) them perform it.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from First Aid Kit’s official YouTube channel:
Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of the good folks at AZLyrics.com.