May 24, 2006
Dixie Chicks nail it.
I am obsessed with the lead track, The Long Way Home, from the new Dixie Chicks album. What idiot chose Not Ready To Make Nice (good song, but it alienates people) and Everybody Knows over this one for a single? It is very much a personal, yet accesible, manifesto... and one that I relate to:
My friends from high school
Married their high school boyfriends
Moved into houses in the same ZIP codes
Where their parents live
But I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow...
The thing that's honest about this lyric is that in the second verse Natalie says she couldn't do what the people she met along the way told her to do either. She couldn't trade one set of rules for another. The middle eight is excellent:
Well, I fought with a stranger and I met myself
I opened my mouth and I heard myself
It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
Guess I could have made it easier on myself
I have a sense that if you are the type to have a blog, then it's not just that you have something to say - most people do! - it's that you want someone to listen to what you are saying. I have always been this way - always had my nose in everything: "What's going on? Oh? Do you want to know what I think?! ...no? Well, this is what I think!" heh heh. I tend to err on the side of talk rather than silence. Often, silence or reserve does the talking better, but usually I open my mouth and then regret the minutiae later. As I have aged, I've literally found myself internally chanting, "Do not speak now, do not start, do not speak now..." in certain situations.
I hope the record company has the good sense to release The Long Way Home as a single - it is upbeat, proud and has amazing harmonies. You can hear it now as the first song on the AOL stream of the CD. The first several songs are excellent. Remember that streaming audio always makes songs sound tinny and lacking in body.
UPDATE: Jefitoblog posts the song I mention above!
Posted by xolondon