Tracey Thorn, “Late in the Afternoon”
I’m very happy that Tracey Thorn is so much in the news with the release of her new album, Love and Its Opposite. I follow her on Twitter, and if I could go back to 1986 and tell this to my 18-year-old self, the younger Peter would say … well, I’m not sure what he would say. Would he be astonished to be able to read on a daily basis the 180-character thoughts of one of his favorite musicians? Or would he not be able to get beyond the Twitter part? A few weeks ago Tracey hosted a little contest in which she asked her followers to each name something he or she hadn’t done that it seemed everyone else had. I nearly won (though there was no actual prize): I Tweeted back that I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life. (Though I did have a few sips of hazelnut coffee back in the late ’80s, which may explain the resistance.) But it turned out there was another “coffee virgin,” as she described us.
This song is about what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone for a long time. Tracey’s husband and former bandmate, Ben Watt, accompanies, which makes it a little bit of an Everything But the Girl reunion.