Flashback Track Friday #3

Shakespeare described love as, “Brief as the lightning in the collied night.” Hmm, I was a skeptic. Love was more like a massive building project requiring plans, pieces, and daily physical labor.

This week’s Flashback Track Friday is inspired by the most romantic song I’ve ever heard, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” This song was penned very quickly by Ewan MacColl for his mistress, folk-singer Peggy Seeger, while they talked over the phone. Lightning definitely struck him that day.

But it wasn’t until 1969 when North-Carolina-born singer Roberta Flack spent a mere 10 hours recording First Take, one of the most sensual and moving albums of all time, that the song became legend. Another act of lightning striking in the slowed-down rendition of this song.

Give it a nostalgic listen, and then if you feel inspired, please join me this weekend in creating a poem, flash fiction piece (300 words or less), or piece of art inspired by one of your “First Times.” This could be romantic or not, but should try to capture the lightning moment of experiencing something powerful and new. Be sure to post your work in the comments of this link and ping back with the tag: #FBTF or FBTF for all to enjoy.

Happy Flashback Track Friday, Friends! Check out my response, “True North.

Roberta Flack “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Live 1972

The original 1957 version. I like this version as well.


  1. Yes, I’m totally hooked on Spotify. Thank you so much for sharing your list. How’d you do that? 😉 This is inspiring me to create my own top all-time list. So good!


    • In the Spotify app, go to the playlist. In the title bit, there is a circle with “…” inside it. That pulls down a menu. Hit Share > Copy Playlist Link. I just pasted the link into WP, and it did everything else.

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