Monday, January 03, 2005
MP3: Tracy Chapman
While "Give Me One Reason" was probably the song that put Tracy on the map, the one song that stands out to me as her best work is "Fast Car". This song still commands my attention even after over fifteen years. It just overflows with feeling and truth.
If anyone's lived a normal life with interaction with real people, have a neighborhood with wood houses and families struggling with bills, yet smiling because they have today... you can probably relate.
I live in a small town and this song could easily be sung by almost everyone in it. There's very few people here who have it made. And most of those have moved out.
But the ones that stay make the most out of it.
I've seen some who have succumbed to the hopelessness. People on drugs or in gangs (yes, we have those). I've lost a few friends inadvertently because of such things.
If anything, this song gives reason for blues as a musical genre. Some think that blues is meant to depress, by telling of depressing stories. Music to get drunk by, as some would say. In actuallity it is given to instill hope by hearing someone else who's facing such harsh conditions still look forward to a brighter day. Surely if they could then maybe we, with lesser problems than they, could, too.