Today we continue with a great new feature on Belles and Gals – “Your Voice, Your Choice”. We introduce one of our favourite songs from a country artist and then the artist tells us in turn about a song that has inspired them and has a special place in their heart. Today, as part of our Brandy Clark weekend, we feature the lady herself!
Thanks so much to Brandy for taking time to contribute to our new feature!
The song of hers I’ve decided to feature is a solo write of hers from her Grammy nominated debut album, 12 Stories. “Get High” was written about a girl Brandy graduated high school with, and as she graduated with just 51 other students she thought she’d written something pretty specific. But, like so many great country songs, it resonates with a lot of people and she’s often approached by fans who say to her “that song you wrote about your classmate, that’s my sister“ or even sometimes “that’s me”! As well as showcasing Brandy’s wicked sense of humour, the song is also pretty poignant as it is about dashed hopes and dreams, resignation and finding a way to cope with it. I love how the guitar introduction sounds as if it’s straight from a western movie! If you’ve ever heard this performed live you’ll know the great reaction it evokes, especially when she sings “thanks for the Mary Jane”! Such a wonderful video too!!
Brandy has chosen ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King.
I think my choice for one of my favorite songs is “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King
It’s my favorite because of the vulnerability in it. I think we’ve all felt that feeling “is someone gonna mean in the light what they say in the dark?”
I try to put that sort of vulnerability in my own songs. It’s a definite bar raiser for me as a writer and the reason I am drawn to writing songs like “Hold My Hand” and “You Can Come Over”
Feature written by Lesley Hastings