There are few songwriters around (especially these days) that can actually write a story in a song.
Of course Bob Dylan still springs to mind, as well as other ‘folkies’ like Leonard Cohen, Tina Vero, etc…and I love them all.
“Blood On The Tracks”, “The Future”, “In The Waiting”…three of the finest albums you will ever hear, due to some of the finest songwriting you’ll ever hear.
But then there’s Mary Chapin Carpenter.
“Stones In The Road” is one of the all time greatest examples that follows in line with those previously mentioned.
Don’t ask me why this woman always gets to me, or doesn’t get the recognition she should, but…her catalogue of words and song truly set a standard, and her newest cd release, “Songs From The Movie”, captures that quality with the help of a 63 piece orchestra, who helped her turn the pages of breathtaking tracks from an amazing career.
Now, this isn’t a ‘greatest hits’ package repackaged. Most of these tracks are ones that never made it to radio. But…if you are an appreciator of her music, you’ll know each one by heart.
“I Am A Town”, “Between Here And Gone”, Come On Come On”, “Ideas Are Like Stars”…(just to name a few)…all brilliant in there own way…made that much more important in this setting.
And one of my all time favorites, “Only A Dream”, becomes a swirling testament to the soul of this lady.
Even the title remarks how wonderfully each lyric paints a picture, and, with the deep spirit of her voice, it truly becomes evident of the symbiotic nature of where the bar is placed, to call yourself a songwriter, and how to, with every breath, truly live the song.
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