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Recommendation: Songs about getting over him/her

It’s a major theme of music in general, maybe moreso in country music, the song about trying to get over an ex. Sometimes it works (“Nah!” by Shania Twain or “Strange” by Reba McEntire), sometimes it doesn’t (“Keep You” by Sugarland or “Something Burning Out” by Pam Tillis), but when done right, it sure makes a good song.
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While the previously mentioned songs are favorites of mine, they aren’t my real recommendation for today. In honor of her new album, Destination Life, I’m spotlighting Rhonda Vincent’s marvelous “I Gotta Start Somewhere” from her last album, Good Thing Going.

This song takes a 3-act story format, showing the narrator’s struggle to get over her lover. She tries escaping to Carolina, then to a new man, but by the end of the song gets to here:

Lookin’ for a place
To turn my heart around
Where I can hear your name
Without breaking down
Tonight I’ll get on my knees
Pray to find healing there
Lord, I gotta start somewhere…

It’s a turn of the story that doesn’t feel forced or contrived, she wants to feel better, to move on, and she tries everything she can. The story is left open, so we don’t know if she’s moved on, but we assume she hasn’t. Rhonda gives a wonderful performance, with perfect highs and lows and it never gets bombastic. It’s also tethered by the bluegrass-ish instrumentation that keeps it simple, yet beautiful. Enjoy the music video below!

So what are your favorite songs about trying to “get over him/her?”

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Album Review: Tanya Tucker – ‘Love Me Like You Used To’

tanyatuckerlovemelikeFollowing the success of 1986’s Girls Like Me comeback album, Tanya Tucker released Love Me Like You Used To on Capitol Records in 1987.  The release produced three hits.  The title track, which served as the album’s lead-single, soared to #2 on the country charts.  The two follow-up singles, ‘I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love’ and ‘If It Don’t Come Easy’ both hit the top spot.  The album itself became Tanya’s first gold-selling album in almost a decade and also her first top 10 charting album in the same span.  So while Girls Like Me signaled to the country music industry that Tanya Tucker was back, Love Me Like You Used To said she was back for good.

Opening the album is the snappy ‘If It Don’t Come Easy’, a song about letting go of love that’s hard to hold on to.  The elegant title track follows with its acoustic guitar opening before Tanya delivers the first line.  From that soft beginning, the song builds into a beautiful ballad that finds the narrator longing for the days when they “used to be each other’s inspiration” and “it only took her touch to turn him on”.  Tanya Tucker’s greatest strength as a singer has always been her story-telling ability in my opinion, but she can shine just as brightly on a brilliant ballad like this.

Paul Overstreet penned the now-classic ‘I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love’ with the great Don Schlitz and performs the song here with Tanya.  The story follows a husband, a little boy, and a man asking his wife, his mother, and his Lord how much they owe for all the things the wife, mother, and Lord have done for them.  All three answer simply ‘I won’t take less than your love’.  This is another acoustic-framed number and one of the least-dated sounding on the album.

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