Recommendation XXIV: Trisha Yearwood (double-shot)

I know what you’re thinking (“oh, I’ve been thinking about you ;) “) since you saw the pictures of Trisha right here: “Wtf took him so long?” lol (well, that might not be the direct quote you were thinking but it’s probably close)… anyway, I understand, and as you can see, I finally decided to post about Mrs. Garth Brooks.  I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time but I had such a tough time choosing one particular song to recommend, so over my vacation break (I’ve been gone for the last few days, if you hadn’t noticed), I decided that since this is my site and I’m able to break any “rules” I’ve set up, I’m going to do it my way, and just set up a double-shot series for my recommendations for whoever I wanted to (that name didn’t take long to come up with ha).  I was all caught up in keeping to my own restrictions with the posts, but now I know it doesn’t matter lol.

So here is a new series of recommendations in which I’ll cover two (“double-shots”) or maybe three (“threesomes”) or possibly even more, if I feel like it.  I want to go back and do it for some artists I’ve already used, so watch for that.  I’m glad my first will be with Ms. Yearwood.

My twenty-fourth recommendation is: Trisha Yearwood’s “River of You” from her 2005 Jasper County album AND “Drown Me” from her 2007 Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love album.  Both of the albums listed are Trisha’s most recent album releases and offer a lot of great material.  Most of her fans prefer her ballad/slow-tempo stuff because vocal-wise, she hits them all outta the park every time and doesn’t overdo and over-sing them like some of her contemporaries, but for me, I prefer her more uptempo/mid-tempo tunes like “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)”, “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)”, and “Perfect Love”.  That’s why I have a strong attraction towards these two songs (they also happen to be about heartache lol).  Trisha Yearwood is definitely one of favorite singers of all time and consistently releases amazing work and has a voice like no other.  It will be tough to keep my entry short and concise because I’ll be tempted to write more and ramble on, so here it goes.

Actually, originally, I was going to do “They Call It Falling for a Reason” from Heaven… but I found out last night that it was going to be Trisha’s newest single for Summer 2008!  That made me very very happy since I do love the song a lot.  It just might be my most favorite from that album.  I’m sure I’ll review it another time…

The first time I heard “River of You”, I instantly loved it.  That constant steady beat with the guitar and fiddle sounds so enticing to the ears. along with the dobro.  The whole song has a strong mountain/bluegrass feel to it, even down to her vocals.  It just grabs you and it’s one of those songs I can’t imagine anyone not liking.  You totally believe how foolishly in love she is with this guy and how he continuously breaks her heart again and again and she keeps coming back for more.  I know how that is: when someone you love keeps hurting you, but you, relentlessly, crawl back to them and sink lower than before because you’ve let them pull you deeper and you know that you will eventually drown from that weakness.  Not a good situation to be in but Trisha makes this heartbreaking song a “feel-good” song for me (meaning it sounds so good and so country to the ears, especially that fiddle, that the pain in the lyrics isn’t so bothersome lol).  I actually listen to it sometimes when I’m running.  It’s co-written by Leslie Satcher so you can do no wrong if it sung by Trisha Yearwood.

As we’re on the topic of drowning and the usage of metaphors, my next recommendation is “Drown Me”, co-written by artist/writer, Jessi Alexander.  This uptempo honky-tonker is as good as real country gets.  The person behind this song is ready to let the truth and heartache sink in, so they do the best thing you can do to ease the pain: go to a bar and drink, drink, drink.  Trisha sings it with such passion that, rather than it be a sad song, it becomes more of a fun, sing-along, have-a-good-time-at-the-bar tune (while still being woe-me).  Excessive drinking should not be a way to kill the memories of hard times, but that’s how this person plans to get over their damaged present, and they demand that their drunken recovery must start NOW lol.  You gotta love the honky-tonk piano and steel guitar-drenched production in this, or you probably don’t like country music.  Great song to feel good about feeling bad.

Jasper County and Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love are excellent albums and showcase all sides of Yearwood’s musical styles very well.  I don’t own any of her other studio albums (and I’m sure I should) but these ones, aside from her hits albums, are the best ones to start up with.  Check out Country Universe‘s article on TY as they name her #8 in their list of “Country Music’s Greatest Women” and read Jim Malec’s (of the 9513) review of Trisha’s latest album here (it ranked #1 on their “Greatest Albums of 2007” list!).

Thanks for reading!

Buy “River of You” and “Drown Me” on iTunes now!

Here are the full lyrics to “River of You”, written by Marv Green & Leslie Satcher:

I told myself I’d stay away
I got no business around here today
You’re so not good for me
And everybody knows
The way you break my heart again and again
But before I know
I’m too close
One sweet look and then you

Pull me under with the touch that’s like no other
I’m drifting, drowning
There’s nothing I can do but fall into the river of you

When I thought I saw love’s reflection
Just to feel your cold rejection
Every tear adds to the water
That I keep swimming in
Even I know, I’m a fool, a reckless fool, for you
‘Cause I keep coming around here
Like I got nothing to lose than you

Pull me under with the touch that’s like no other
I’m drifting, drowning
There’s nothing I can do but fall into the river of you

When you pull me under with the touch that’s like no other
I’m drifting, drowning
There’s nothing I can do but fall into the river of you
Pull me under with the touch that’s like no other

I’m drifting, drowning
There’s nothing I can do but fall into the river of you

Yeah, I fall into the river of you

Then you pull me under
Fall into the river of you
Pull me under…

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Here are the full lyrics to “Drown Me”, written by Jessi Alexander & Pat McLaughlin:

We both know it’s been over for a long time
You’re afraid to look me in the eye
Let’s order up a bottle of the good stuff
And drink until we don’t know how to lie

So won’t you give it to me straight
I got a lot of heart to break
And a lot of love for you that needs to die

Won’t you hurt me and hurt me good
Let the truth burn like it should
Don’t just pour it on
Drown me
Ooh Lord drown me

When you say it won’t, you say it with conviction
Hey when you leave, don’t leave no room for doubt
It won’t be easy kicking this addiction
If there’s one ounce of hope left to be found

So won’t you make it something strong
‘Til everything we had is gone
I know you’ve got it in you if you try

Won’t you hurt me and hurt me good
Let the truth burn like it should
Don’t just pour it on
Drown me

So won’t you give it to me straight
I’ve got a stubborn old heart to break
And a lot of love for you that needs to die

Won’t you hurt me and hurt me good
Let the truth burn like it should
Don’t just pour it on
Drown me

Come on drown me

Ooh Lord drown me…

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