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Day 13 features tracks from Joy Lynn White, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Brother Phelps, and Conway Twitty.
“Just Some Girl”
Joy Lynn White
Written by Phil Lee
Joy Lynn White’s been quiet since releasing her One More Time album a few years back, and that’s a shame. She has a unique and powerful voice, and she puts it to great use on “Just Some Girl,” a requiem for the women rendered invisible by a society that devalues and debases them.
Other Favorites: “True Confessions,” “I Doubt if it Does to You,” “Why Do I Feel So Good”
“The Key to Life”
Written by Vince Gill
Speaking of requiems, Vince Gill’s tribute to his late father is, for my money, an even better memorial song than his signature classic, “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” I find the simplicity and personal details of “The Key to Life” incredibly moving, as he pays tribute to the man who set him on his life’s path by teaching him a few chords on the banjo.
Other Favorites: “When I Call Your Name,” “Look at Us,” “Worlds Apart”
Little Big Town
Written by Hillary Lindsey, Steve McEwan, and Gordie Sampson
A darn near perfect ballad from Little Big Town’s missing years, before “Pontoon” launched them into their current role as the genre’s leading vocal group. It’s not a new idea – loving someone means letting them go – but its presentation here is fresh and perceptive.
Other Favorites: “Little White Church,” “Better Man,” “Girl Crush”
Written by Dickie Brown
The sibling Kentucky Headhunters veterans only had this one hit, but what a hit it was. “Let Go” still holds up today as a reflective empowerment anthem. “Let Go” is more quiet nudge than loud rallying cry, and I think that makes its message more effective.
Other Favorites: “Were You Really Livin’,” “Eagle Over Angel,” “Playin’ House”
“Linda On My Mind”
Written by Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty is one of the genre’s great voices. That’s a given. Less acknowledged is his talent as a songwriter. He wrote many of his best and best-loved songs, like “Hello Darlin’,” “You’ve Never Been This Far Before,” and my personal favorite, “Linda On My Mind.” It’s very difficult to write a sympathetic cheating song from the perspective of the one doing the cheating, and to be fair, it isn’t just the songwriting that makes it work here. Twitty being the one singing it does a lot of the heavy lifting. I really should hate this guy for what he’s doing, but Twitty’s twin talents make it impossible to do so.
Other Favorites: “You’ve Never Been This Far Before,” “I’d Love to Lay You Down,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”
Up Next: Day 14: “The Long Goodbye” to “Love Hurts”