Darker Shade Of Black

Album: All Our Yesterdays (2015)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This instrumental (or at least wordless) song was written by Ritchie Blackmore for his Renaissance music project Blackmore's Night. The title is an antonym of "Whiter Shade Of Pale," the famous song by Procol Harum. Both songs incorporate elements of the Bach composition "Air On A G String."

    Blackmore told Songfacts: "I came up with the title after the music. I'm a big follower of Bach and the transcending descending ri?s that he would play often like "Air On A G String" and stu? like that. That kind of was in my brain when I was playing that.

    And the descending sequence was almost like "A Whiter Shade of Pale," which was based on Bach. So, I thought we'd call it 'Darker Shade Of Black' rather than 'A Whiter Shade of Pale.' And that was the title we threw in."
  • Blackmore plays mandolin, electric guitar and acoustic guitar on this track. Candice night adds tambourine and vocals, and Scarlet Fiddler plays violin and fiddle.
  • This first appeared on the 2015 Blackmore's Night album, All Our Yesterdays, but they also included it on their next one, Nature's Light, in 2021. The song is one of Blackmore's favorites, so he thought it was worth issuing again.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions Answered

Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions AnsweredSong Writing

10 Questions for the author of Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces

Mike Love of The Beach Boys

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

Jimmy Jam

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse Pop

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSong Writing

Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.