myspace photo. Copyright. someone else.It’s been at least a year since I first heard the song “I Feel Like a Fading Light” by Kim Taylor. I originally heard a demo of the song on her website and fell for the minimal and raw sound. I totally forgot about her and was thinking about the song for some random reason. I couldn’t think of her name, but I knew I had download the song. I’ve got over 20,000 items in iTunes and was having trouble finding it. I have a playlist of only female artists and she wasn’t in there (I just recently made it so there are stragglers). I was lost. I knew that I had the track before I got my new computer over a year ago, so it would be a song at the bottom of the “Date Added” list. And I found it! I still like the song. It’s somewhat catchy, but nothing shallow like you’d expect from a pop song. This here blog points to mp3s that are hosted on Kim’s website (so it’s legal), and one of those mp3s is the updated version of her song. My initial reaction to the newer recording was that it wasn’t the same, but honestly there is little difference other than a couple subtle instrumental additions to make it sound produced and a different mix of sound. Her vocal phrasings have a slightly changed rhythm from the original demo, and it adds to the song.

Kim is also one of those nice musicians who allow bootlegging live recordings for distribution on Internet Archive. Usually I am not interested in live stuff because they are too distorted, but this type of music sounds great live, and it sound even better than I imagined. Although there are several dates available, a certain soundboard recording from The Southgate House sounds beautiful. At least have a listen for yourself. If you can handle female singing like Neko Case or Lucinda Williams you should like this, unless I am having audio hallucinations…