Choice Cuts

Choice Cuts: Kathy Mattea, “Beautiful Fool”

January 17, 2011 // 11 Comments

A repost from last year, in honor of Dr. King.

Beautiful Fool
Kathy Mattea
from the 1997 album Love Travels

Our antiseptic approach to the legends of American history often results in the life’s work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being reduced to four words and a three-day weekend. To prevent this in my own mind, I often revisit “Beautiful Fool”, a Don Henry composition that can be found on Kathy Mattea’s 1997 album Love Travels.

What I love about this song is its realism and its willingness to take on two voices of perspective at the same time. As an older woman reflects on King’s impact on her country and the sacrifices he was willing to make, she remembers her far less charitable opinion of him when he was alive: “Walter Cronkite preempted Disney one night, and all us kids were so upset. We thought you were a trouble instigator marching through our TV set.”

Dan Milliken is “Goin’ Green”

April 13, 2009 // 34 Comments

In conjunction with Earth Day and the global Earth Hour initiative, Belmont University is holding a contest to find their official “green” song. Five songs were chosen by a panel of professional songwriters, faculty members and environmental experts to promote environmental awareness. The competition is comprised of Belmont University students. The writer of the winning composition will receive a $500 Apple gift card and the song will be featured on their website as their official “green” song. We at Country Universe are excited to announce that Dan Milliken is one of the finalists in the Belmont Unplugged Song Challenge. Dan wrote the witty and catchy “Goin’ Green” with his friend, Jake Hartsfield. He can even be heard singing high harmony to Hartsfield’s lead vocal, along with contributing the hilarious main spoken word portion of the third verse. Country Universe is rooting for Dan. So, we encourage you to listen to Read More

Choice Cuts: Joy Lynn White, “Just Some Girl”

November 23, 2007 // 6 Comments

“Just Some Girl” by Joy Lynn White From the 2005 album One More Time. When Brad Paisley released the single “Online” earlier this year, I had a visceral reaction to it.  A good friend of mine shared my distaste for the song, but noted that she had expected it to turn out differently the first time she heard it.    She assumed that by the third verse, the character would end up a computer mogul or such, and would become the ladies man he was pretending to be. Of course, that didn’t happen, but when “Just Some Girl” popped up on shuffle one day, comparisons to “Online” immediately came to me.   The Joy Lynn White track also talks about a character living on the margins of society, not quite fitting in, but the portrait  painted is far more sympathetic, even as it is made clear that this is not Read More