1998 | Peak: #2
What on earth is a tumee, and why is Tim McGraw trying to pull it?
That was but one of the questions that my younger self had about “One of These Days.” It hit the radio during my freshman year in college. As a transplanted New Yorker studying in Tennessee, I couldn’t understand why my friends were flipping out about how powerful this song was.
I got the hype through the first and second verse, but it lost me in the third act. I actually thought he was getting married. After a few years down south, my Catholic self gradually learned the meaning of this very Baptist song. If this was my life story, I would’ve just gone to confession after these personal failings.
I’ve never been one to make evaluative judgments on denominations and faiths other than my own. If somebody else is taking a different path to God, I hope they have a meaningful journey and that we meet up at a shared destination.
But I will say one thing. If you’re looking to close a three act song with a dramatic resolution, “born again” is the way to go.
Written by Marcus Hummon, Monty Powell, and Kip Raines
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Today’s category is…
A Song From Your Favorite Songwriter.
Here are the staff picks:
Leeann Ward: “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” – Darrell Scott
A modern masterpiece.
Dan Milliken: “Restless” – Robert Lee Castleman (performed by Alison Krauss & Union Station)
No one writes individualist cud-chew better than Castleman, and no one sings it better than Krauss. Each new pairing of theirs is a gift to all over-thinkers with secret over-feeling streaks, those who revel in connection but resent constraint, who ask only for honesty because that’s all they themselves can promise sometimes.
Tara Seetharam: “Cowboy Take Me Away” – Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel (performed by Dixie Chicks)
I don’t really have a favorite songwriter, but I guess Marcus Hummon is the closest thing. I won’t even try to speak more poignantly about this song than Dan did back when we counted down the greatest singles of the 90s; he nails its transcendental sparkle that makes it more than just another love song.
Kevin Coyne: “Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind” – Dolly Parton
Writing great songs for more than forty years. What’s amazing isn’t so much how great she still is, but how great she’s been all along, as this early track demonstrates.