Brandi Carlile - "Every Time I Hear That Song"
Few people in music have the kind of fabled career that Brandi Carlile has. She had her huge breakout with the hit "The Story", but has struggled to find commercial success. She is a critics darling and more than respected in the industry, but her audience never quite seems to know where to land with her. She has a fierce set of fans and it's easy to see why.
Her voice is charismatic and emotive. She makes you feel every word she sings, and the plaintive calling tone her sound rings true the blue american sound. She has something that most female singers strive to find. She has grit. She makes you believe that she's lived every single story she sings about.
The Story was awarded gold status in 2017, having sold over 500,000 copies to date. Carlile's most successful album to date, The Firewatcher's Daughter, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard200.
Carlile's music through the years has been categorized in several genres, including pop, rock, alternative country, and folk. She said of her style, "I've gone through all sorts of vocal phases, from pop to blues to R&B, but no matter what I do, I just can't get the country and western out of my voice.", and the truth is, we don't want her to. Her sound haunts you like a good dream that you don't want to let go of but still can't quite remember.
So today, with memories floating by, I choose Brandi Carlile's "Every Time I Hear That Song" as my, brittle leaves of memory, like mist in the morning, shadows shortening as the day lingers on, song for a, find you in every little detail, the me you helped to build, set free the things that no long serve you, Thursday.