Apparently (or to me at least) it’s difficult to write a daily blog. Not because I don’t have enough material to write about because I do but it’s about that thing called life. I was sick earlier this week. I had to work. I had a meeting one night. And then last night I attended a Dancing With the Stars benefit for our local educational foundation. So, after a break of a few days, here I am back in the swing of it. Or so I say.
The item that I posted is a promotional stand-up for a record store. I believe I got it from someone selling memorabilia in Tennessee. I have another stand-up kickin’ around but it’s black instead of white and that’s what made this one a nice addition to my collection. Because Come On Come On’s primary color was black.
Since I hadn’t been on my computer much at home, I forgot that I had put COCO in the CD drive. In case you were wondering, yes, I do have MCC’s songs on my hard drive but for some reason not this one. Call me old school if you’d like. As I started listening to it earlier this afternoon, the thought occurred to me that this album is still relevant 20 years later. For example, when she sings, “Everything we got, we got the hard way,” I imagine that the listener knows exactly what she means as they got something that they’ve wanted the hard way.
Then came He Thinks He’ll Keep Her. I listened to that on auto-pilot, something that happens I suppose after listening to the same songs on an album for 20 years, 240 months, 1040 weeks. You get my point. Then came the third track: Rhythm of the Blues.
I got “stuck” on it. ROTB was never released as a single but she’s performed it during at least 2 tours that I remember. I remember the first time that I heard this song. Before she even began singing, the melody reminded me immediately of Rosanne Cash. (Rosanne Cash is one of the 3 singer-songwriters that I adore. Mary Chapin Carpenter is as you know the first, and Shawn Colvin is number 2.) Though it sounds somber, I find it uplifting and encouraging especially when she sings:
I want a place to call my own
where you have never been
This is a person who is ready to move on in life and stand on their own two feet. With Rhythm of the Blues, Mary Chapin Carpenter wrote a song that sounded as good as if Rosanne Cash herself penned it. Then again, maybe better.
Over & Out,