April 21, 2011
You Need This Song: Lucie Silvas' Roots
I was introduced to this new Lucie Silvas song by another brilliant songwriter, Judie Tzuke (read this). If Lucie's name seems familiar, it's because she's written a lot of songs for other British artists, most notably the heartbreaking Who Am I by Will Young.
Roots begins like an old spiritual, or perhaps a Paul Simon/Graceland moment, but the choir drops to a simple guitar and one voice singing about letting go (or not). She carries the roots theme throughout... "I could pull them up, but they're all that's left. And I'm not ready to lose you yet." A sad, sad song.
This is the kind of music I loved so much in the 90's, when we had folk/pop artists like Shawn Colvin topping the charts. Can you imagine that now? Roots gradually builds into a big, emotional mid-tempo and, like all great songs, the middle eight is beautiful. You can and should download Roots, which is free for a short time. Do it.
Roots by LucieSilvas
Lucie's next album, Letters to Ghosts, is due soon. If you love Roots as much as I do, you can tell Lucie on Twitter.