Open Up Your Door – Richard Hawley, 2009
In an unexpected turn of events, I was introduced to Richard Hawley by Charlotte Church of all people. Not personally – in either sense – but when Church was choosing the tracks of her years back in 2011 on Radio 2. Yes, it’s true, I’ve always been that rock and roll.
‘For Your Lover Give Some Time’ from the album ‘Truelove’s Gutter’ was her choice, ‘Open Up Your Door’ is mine.
Primarily, I’ve selected it because it’s so heart-warmingly romantic, wonderfully calming and perfect for a cold Sunday night.
It also featured in a really tacky Renault advert where a guy offers a lady a lift home from a bar then, when she asks whether he’d like to come into her place, he declines because he just wanted an excuse to drive his car. How we laughed. Different times.
Moving on. Hawley has a rich, deep, warm voice and a sings in a captivatingly understated way giving this whole album a serene, tranquil feel. ‘Open Up Your Door’ is likely the fastest-paced song of the eight, which gives you an idea of just how soothing the rest of it is. It might just be the best album to doze to, should such a category exist.
Anyway, I digress, again. The lyrics are beautiful, Hawley’s guitar has the most fantastic amount of reverb, there are strings for absolute romance, and the chord progressions soar upwardly like a stairway to the stars.
If you don’t believe in love, romance and passion, this song might just change your mind.