Recommendation XXXV: Anita Cochran w/ the Voice of Conway Twitty

Lately, I’ve been watching some documentaries through my NetFlix because I ran out of movies I was immediately interesting in seeing, and I’ve learned that they’re really compelling to watch. The last one I saw (well, we saw… since my family watched it with me because I wanted them to) was Sicko, the latest documentary by Michael Moore. I know, I know. I think he’s kinda annoying too, and I know there’s got to be some exaggeration in the claims, but I got the general truth from it, and I thought the film was put together real well. It was about how insurance companies take extreme advantage of the American people and man, it is horrible. Didn’t know they were so evil. Recommended for anybody to watch. I’ll definitely have to research more on that. Anyway, onto my next selection… (and ooh, #36 is coming up pretty soon, my lucky number…)

My thirty-fifth recommendation is: Anita Cochran’s (with The Voice of Conway Twitty) “(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin’ Song” from her 2004 (I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin’ Song – Single album.  I have no idea the first time I heard Anita’s music…but I know she hasn’t had too much success on the country charts.  I know she had that hit #1 duet with Steve Wariner (“What If I Said”), which I gotta admit, I never really cared for, even though I like both of them.  I think it’s too adult-contemporary-sounding and way too lovey-dovey for me lol.  Otherwise, I don’t think there’s any other hits from Ms. Cochran, which is a shame because she’s really talented.  Her vocals are somewhat like Wynonna Judd‘s (I don’t like to refer to Wynonna by just her first name alone lol because her last name is part of who she is), but otherwise, IMO, Anita Cochran‘s got a voice distinct from other females.  I thought I should mention this quickly (but it certainly isn’t needed lol): Anita’s first and last name spoken together have got a James Bond/Austin Powers girl-like thing sorta goin’ on with it, if you say them together (…I know, too R-rated, but I thought it would be kinda funny to bring it up real quick.  Forgive me.).

I believe the first time I heard “(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin’ Song” was through the AllAboutCountry website, around the time it was a radio single.  I think what attracted me to listen was that Conway Twitty‘s name was on it too, and so I listened, and it blew me away.  Wow… the music is straight-up country: contemporary traditional country at its best, and with lyrics that truly mean something, and a vocal appearance by one of the greatest legends in country music.  I’ll start with the Conway coolness.  From what I’ve read online (CMT.com link, Top40-Charts.com link), I guess there was a controversy with him being on the track because he didn’t actually “sing” on the song (he passed away years before Anita even wrote it), and the studio used snippits from his old archived records and pieced them together and made him “sing” a few verses near the end (it’s not even a “duet” exactly, but more like a after-death collaboration, and the first time it’s even been done).  With permission from Conway’s wife, of course, and the blessing that he would have been pleased to been involved with such a great song, it became a reality.  The controversy had to deal with the issue of if this song would set a precedent of using dead singers’ voices to “sing” on tracks they never sang on when they were alive.  I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep doing it, but I was impressed with how well they edited him into it, and I didn’t have any idea until I read up on it.  I’m glad Anita did it because it was a cool way to use the technology and brought her to the spotlight (now if it was a bad song, that’d be another issue, but it’s excellent, so no complaints!).  After you learn about the technology and the snippit thing, however, it’s more obvious when you re-listen to the song lol.

The lyrics could not be any more true, and the traditional production of heavy steel and fiddle behind it, adds to the meaning of the words.  It’s basically a criticism with today’s country radio and about how all you “hear in this day and time / are fairy tales and pretty words that rhyme / everybody’s lovers, everybody’s friends / same ole thing, over and over again “, and how all the cheatin’ songs seem to be vanishing (those are also my favorite lines from the song).  What happened to all the real tunes about two-timin’, hurtin’, and heartbreakin’ like from the past?  I know there are still some like that these days but it’s just not the same, and they’re dying like an old art (even songs in the ’90s, which I grew up with, had much more).  Too much poppy songs about love and happiness (themes which are cool to listen to, sometimes, of course, but there are too many, and something needs to be done).  Another great line is: ” there’s a lot of things about this world that ain’t right / that they used to sing about in the words that they’d write / now everybody’s happy, everybody’s great / even I, can’t seem to relate “.  The narrator of the song is driving along, listening to the radio and hears a man call in, who’s going through a tough heartache, and just wants the radio deejay to play a cheatin’ song and dedicate it to him.  Problem is, cheatin’ songs are extremely lacking and they probably won’t play it, and he needs to hear that honesty.  I love songs that are as honest as this.  It also applies to the dying of the traditionalism in mainstream country music, and how sad that is (The Dixie Chicks‘s “Long Time Gone” touches briefly on that too. I just thought of that now).  I’m sure in just about every post, I remark about that problem, so you already know my views.  Anita’s sings the hell out of this song and even without Conway, she drives this one deep into the country soul.  Not a surprise it wasn’t a hit because it’s just too good for today’s radio. For sure this is one you will wanna check out!  Hopefully Ms. Cochran is not done and has more to offer us in the future.

Thanks for reading!

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Here are the full lyrics to “(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin’ Song”, written by Anita Cochran:

Driving along with my radio up
Man calls in say’s “I’ve had enough
Play a song, she’s gone and I’m crying
All I hear in this day and time
Are fairytales and pretty words that rhyme
Everybody’s lovers and everybody’s friends
Same ole thing over and over again”

“I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
About somebody doing someone wrong
A story that’s about my life
With a simple melody
Forget about the ‘I love you’s’
They work for the heartbroke fools
I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
Dedicated to me”

Kept on driving just a few more miles
To intrigued to change my radio dial
“Yes sir, you’re right”, the DJ replied, “but I’m trying”
There’s a lot of things in this world that ain’t right
They use to sing about in the words that they’d write
Now everybody’s happy
And everybody’s great
Even I, can’t seem to relate

I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
About somebody doing someone wrong
A story that’s about my life
With a simple melody
Forget about the ‘I love you’s’
Play one for the heartbroke fools
I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
Dedicated to me

Can you help me Conway?

Yeah
I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
About somebody doing someone wrong
A story that’s about real life
With a simple melody
Oh, forget about the ‘I love you’s’
Yeah, let’s play one for the heartbroke fools
I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
Dedicated to me

Well, I wanna hear a cheatin’ song
Dedicated to you…
Yeah

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