Our goal with this feature is to connect you, the fan, with music that moves us. While as of late, we have focused on older music, tunes you probably know by heart, our intent is to touch that one person, and hope they too feel and understand why we love this crazy business, and continue to be fueled by the power of music. So don't worry, one week we are sure to surprise you, with something that is new to you. For this week, lets hope that one person, who is not familiar with this song, enjoys every last note.
As prolific as musical interruptions can be sometimes, it is the simplistic approach that gets the point across. More often than not, a person can put too much stock into why a song sounds a certain way, is performed a certain way, or what hidden meaning is behind the heart of the tune. As fans, we have that right to interrupt what the song means to us, but never to overstep the bounds of what the song means to the artist. If you can simply put aside all the hoopla and questions, you are more likely to find the answers that you are searching for. When a particular artist delivers a heart-felt melody with purposeful lyrics and you quit trying to listen for the hidden meaning, and simply hear the song, really hear its message, that's when the songwriters job has been completed. For Robert Earl Keen, it is truly about the story. Painting the picture with words and melodies, and being able to transport you to that time and place, and make you imagine just what it was like. That is the key to success for any songwriter, the transformation of ideas in their heard, right to yours via six-strings and the words they sing. REK is a master of this art, and today, I hope you visit some scene in a far off place, away from the Wednesday grind.
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