‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ (II)

Part 2 of the post “Mama’s Broken Heart” (I) Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves   Rhyme Scheme & Lyrics   Rhyme scheme in the song is a relatively simple quatrain (A/B/A/B, C/D/C/D, etc.) for the verses and “heroic...

“Mama’s Broken Heart” (I)

Three terrific songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves took an age-old story line (mother / daughter “you listen here little missy! Act like a lady!”) and found a unique way to tell the daughter’s story of rebellion. Miranda...

Suzanne Vega “Small Blue Thing”

Master of Becoming the Other!   Suzanne Vega’s “Small Blue Thing” is one of my favorite songs.  I first heard it in 1985 playing through the mid-quality speakers of a boom box in a small record store.  It was her debut album. I stayed until the last...

“Merry Go Round” – Kacey Musgraves

Written by Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally, the play on words in “Merry Go Round” bring the images and the story of “a life” from a Texas small town full circle. It’s a universal message delivered with a popish melody...

Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (II)

The “Consider Me Gone” Simile Concern   Let’s run through how the song gets us to Verse 2, where the problematic simile sits. The first verse is a good scene.  Even if you’re not watching the video, you can picture what’s going on.  The...

Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” (I)

  A Weak Simile In Reba’s Song?   In fairness this isn’t really Reba’s poor simile.  Because she’s a great vocalist and song interpreter, she’s able to make the simile in “Consider Me Gone” sound reasonable, so as a listener,...

Adele “Chasing Pavements”

A recent comment on the blog got me thinking. The comment was downplaying the songwriter’s lyrics, mentioning they sounded as if they were written by a 17 year-old, because, well, they sort of were. Song Start:  The song was inspired by a bar room encounter...