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Day 22 features tracks from Brandy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Randy Travis, Shania Twain, and Julie Roberts.
“Take a Little Pill”
Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Mark D. Sanders
Call it a “Bottle Let Me Down” for the medicated generation. Brandy Clark’s exploration of how we numb our pain these days will cut right through anything that you might have floating around in your system. Best songwriter to come along this decade.
Other Favorites: “Just Like Him,” “What’ll Keep Me Out of Heaven,” “Since You’ve Gone to Heaven”
“This Too Will Pass”
Written by Rodney Crowell
“This Too Will Pass” takes what is often a milquetoast, greeting card message and returns it to its biblical roots, reinvigorating its power to bring comfort while the world falls around you. I expect it to be in heavy rotation for a good long while.
Other Favorites: “After All This Time,” “Things I Wish I’d Said,” “God I’m Missing You”
“Three Wooden Crosses”
Written by Doug Johnson and Kim Williams
Even country radio couldn’t deny this one. It’s a country gospel song, to be sure, but it’s in the traditions of those great old story songs like “Wreck on the Highway,” only with a lot more redemption in the end.
Other Favorites: “Out of My Bones,” “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart,” “On the Other Hand”
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
This is Shania Twain in concentrate form. All the joy, all the hooks, all the exact rhymes, all the exclamation points. It’s been fourteen years since this song kicked off her most recent studio album. Far too long.
Other Favorites: “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face,” “You’re Still the One,” “I’m Holdin’ On to Love (to Save My Life)”
“Wake Up Older”
Written by Lisa Carver
This is a great song and performance that hinted there was more to Julie Roberts than the girl next door image. I wish she would’ve explored it more, and I bet she would have if radio had kept it in rotation like “Break Down Here.”
Other Favorites: “If You Had Called Yesterday,” “Paint and Pillows,” “Break Down Here”