This is what I'm listening to this week. These are all older tracks, released before 2018, but have stood the test of some time and ones that I continue to go back to. Go ahead and have a listen. ;)
Miranda Lambert's "Runnin' Just in Case" - This is the lead song on Miranda's latest record, The Weight of These Wings, which was released November 2016. It is also the inspiration behind this blog's name, Writing Just In Case. I love the spacious atmosphere of the song, the quieter production, and the lyrics. For some reason I just loved the hook line, "It ain't love that I'm chasing/ but I'm running just in case", and as I said before, it inspired the name of this blog. I'd highly recommend listening to the whole record if you haven't already done so. The other highlights, for me, are: "Vice", "Tin Man", "To Learn Her", "Ugly Lights", "Pushin' Time", and "Well-Rested".
Have a listen below:
Cam's "Diane" - This song, which was released in 2017, has a country pop sound but with a retro feel to it, and flips the script of Dolly Parton's legendary song, "Jolene". "Diane" finds the other woman confessing to the wife that she's been dating her husband, explaining that she had no idea he was married and she felt bad about the time he gave to her that he should have been giving to his family. The song is empowering to women, the other woman is allowing the wife to be in possession of all the facts, so that she can make an informed decision on how to move forward. "Diane" is the sort of song that you'll be singing and dancing along to, as it's incredibly catchy, only to realize just how dark the lyrical story is. Those are some of the best songs. ;) Check it out below, and enjoy the music video which is excellent!
Sunny Sweeney's "Pass the Pain" - It was so hard to choose just one track from Sunny's latest record, released in early 2017, because I've been listening to the whole record on repeat since it came out. It is without a doubt Sunny's best album yet, absolute perfection. I picked "Pass the Pain" because it's achingly beautiful and purely traditional country with the cry of the steel guitar fully present. Sunny's vocals are perfect for this kind of song, as she is able to inject the right amount of emotion into it effortlessly. "Pass the Pain" finds Sunny in a bar, drowning her heartaches away, acknowledging that, yes, she knows it won't do her any good or make things better, but still asks the bartender to continue to "pass the pain" her way. Just a few of my other favorites on this record: "Better Bad Idea", "Bottle By My Bed", "Trophy", and "Unsaid".
Julie Roberts' "Break Down Here" - This was Julie's debut single that became a big hit with fans, and kicked off her music career. Released in 2004, the song combines a traditional country sound with modern sensibilities and Roberts' soulful vocals. "Break Down Here" finds the woman leaving a bad relationship and hoping she doesn't breakdown, in regards to the vehicle she's driving and emotionally. Though she didn't write the song, it had a personal feel to it as she lived that song many nights with her mother and sisters, making a late night run for it in her mother's white truck, fleeing from her alcoholic father. Other highlights from Julie are: "Pot of Gold", "The Chance", "Men and Mascara", and "A Bridge That's Burning."
Kasey Chamber's "Jonestown" - This is an album cut from Kasey's 2017 album, Dragonfly. "Jonestown" is a dark ballad about the Jonestown cult and mass suicide/murder (depending on what view you take on the matter). The production is stripped down and the harmonies are gorgeous and tight. There's an eerie and mournful mood to the song. It's intriguing. Kasey never fails to release really interesting, original music, and this song is no exception. I'd recommend listening to the whole Dragonfly record. It's such a gem. Other highlights on the record are "Ain't No Little Girl", "Romeo & Juliet", "Talkin' Baby Blues", and "No Ordinary Man".
I hope you enjoyed this week's songs! Feel free to listen to my playlist by the same name, it's an extended version of this feature. :)
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.