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Daily Archives: January 8, 2009

Single Review: Little Big Town – ‘Good Lord Willing’

So yeah, I know J.R. reviewed the video for this song, and it’s been out for a few weeks, but I thought now was a good time to really review the song itself. Why, you ask? Mostly because now that all the Christmas songs are gone, it has returned to the country charts this week, entering at #46, which is one of the highest positions of all the returning songs.

Anyway, for some background, this song is one of three brand new tracks on the band’s re-release of their stellar album A Place To Land. This song seems very similar to Dierks Bentley’s hit “What Was I Thinkin’ “, and indeed it is, plot-wise. It’s an uptempo song about a wild and dangerous night/morning being chased by the police and later on the boyfriend of the narrator’s “date”. The title basically means that they hope they don’t get in any more trouble. Simple enough right?

While the plot of the song is not really novel in anyway, it’s the group’s harmonies that elevate this song, as is usually the case. The song starts with a cool acoustic little intro, then it kicks into high gear, and doesn’t stop. There are two/three part harmonies in the verses, with Jimi Westbrook singing lead, but the chorus is full-on four part harmony. Let me tell you, it rocks. All four of the group sing with all they have, and it ends up as a cool sounding and catchy rocker of a single. It’s even mostly acoustic, like their latest album, which adds to the uniqueness of the band in today’s popular country music. The production is strong, engaging, fun, and remains more country than pop, which is rare in mainstream groups like this.

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Things Are Tough All Over

barackobama2I just finished watching President-elect Barack Obama give a speech at George Mason University – ok, I admit, I only caught it because it pre-empted the Price Is Right. But I still watched and listened intently as the future leader of the free world apparently had something to say.

During his 20 minute speech, he talks about his plans for our struggling economy and his unprecedented policy for fixing it. I won’t go into what I think the speech was about, because honestly, I didn’t understand all of it. But one quote that did stand out to me was when the President-elect said “A world that depends on the strength of our economy is now watching and waiting for America to lead once more. And that is what we will do.” The rest of it sounded a lot of like what I learned of the FDR New Deal programs in the 1930s. And that really brings home the seriousness of the situation our country is facing to someone who’s only heard horror stories of the Great Depression as depicted in movies and novels. Things are certainly tough all over.

So what country star would you like to hear write and/or sing a song about the looming financial crisis?

P.S. You can’t say Alan Jackson. Let’s be original here.