Welcome again! Time for coffee. Sit back, read, relax and listen.
This week I feature Tracy Chapman.
I found Tracy with her debut album in 1988, loved it and then promptly lost her until last week when I found her in the same place as Julia Fordham (see here for one track of Julia) - in a cupboard with other CDs.
Now she’s back in her rightful place in my music!
Many of the tracks are from this first CD, “Tracy Chapman”.
Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
A gorgeous song.
Some songwriters take time to develop their skills after they are recording but Tracy burst onto the music scene as a brilliant writer. Mind you she had started to write her own songs from the age of 8.
This is no ode to the great America.
The first verse shows where the song is going.
You were lost and got lucky
Came upon the shore
Found you were conquering America
You spoke of peace
But waged a war
While you were conquering America
This verse (third) gives the background,
You see, my old man's got a problem,
Lives with the bottle, that's the way it is
He says his body's too old for workin',
I say his body's too young to look like his,
My mama went off and left him,
Wanted more from life than he could give,
I said somebody's got to take care of him,
So I quit school and that's what I did.
But now she needs her life!
We move on with an overtly political song but there is where Tracy lives.
and she nails this.
We’re more than halfway and now we continue with a touchingly beautiful love song …. and a lovely video.
Did you feel this too?
Across the Line
Harsh words indeed!
Only two to go and this show is almost over. There are many fewer words of mine this week but the music is still there on a high.
Give Me One Reason
Love needs a response but will she get what she needs?
My guess …. ? Only you can decide.
We finish another show …. already but we do so with a classic.
Talking about a Revolution
Tracy Chapman is a star whose light faded but whose quality never did.
Having reached the very end, and despite my last sentence, I feel this is the first show which hasn’t quite worked for me. I loved the rediscovery of Tracy’s music, loved listening during the week but there is something missing. I don’t know what it is yet but …. I’ve left every other show absolutely enthused by the music and when I started writing I expected that to happen this week too. It hasn’t and I’m not going to lie.
I hope YOU enjoyed the music and your coffee.
Well, that’s it for another week. Tune in again next week and thanks for listening.