Singers and writers have a lot in common, needing to sing in the voice they’ve been given……the song that’s at hand.
“I MADE PEACE WITH MY VOICE 10 years ago,”
and I turn up the volume
so I can hear the interview
over the water running in the bathroom sink,
everything going down the drain so fast.
A metaphor for how I feel.
I can’t write the stuff
I once did
and need to let it go.
“I’ve really shaken hands with where my voice is now.
It’s got some more grooves in it.”
And maybe that’s where I need to go,
to the hand shake,
not stand at a distance,
sizing it up,
trying to decide.
Cross the room, shake the hand.
“With me it was never about my voice
as much as how can I tell the story of this song.
And if I really love a song, nothing is gonna get in my way…”
I give up too easily.
“… and if I can’t go as high as I would like
then I’m just gonna stay low.”
And didn’t I just love that?
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*Catch the interview: “Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Staying Low“
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