Song Review: Jude Cole – “Time for Letting Go”

“Time for Letting Go” was released as the second single from Jude Cole’s 1990 album, A View From 3rd Street. The single was released in 1990 and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I was 15 years old and about the start the 10th grade when “Time for Letting Go” was released. While I didn’t like “Baby It’s Tonight” right away when I first heard it, I fell in love with “Time for Letting Go” the very first time I heard it on the radio. There was just something about the song that instantly grabbed me. I think it was ultimately the combination of the relatable lyrics and Jude’s vocal delivery that sounded full of sincerity. Musically, the song perfectly captures the mood of someone who has decided to move on from a relationship.

I don’t remember seeing the music video for “Time for Letting Go” during the time the song was on the charts, so I found a copy on YouTube and watched it. It starts out with Jude busking on 3rd Street and lip-syncing the song. But as the video progresses, people pass him by on the street and then the audience sees a vignette of each person and the situation they’re going through. The situations appear to be taking place in locations near to where Jude is busking on the street. The video works for what the director was trying to accomplish, and the various vignettes help to illustrate what Jude is singing about in the song.


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