Sometimes it might be easier to follow the path many choose in life than to blaze your own. There may be a proven formula that works for many and requires minimal effort compared to trying to leave your own mark. As I have learned myself by watching others, in person and through celebrities, the easy way is not always the best way. Rather, I find it be to forgettable approach towards life because you just blend in. There's nothing special about being the same and following others. It's those that choose to be different and take risks that ultimately find that higher level of success. After hearing the music of Jamie Lin Wilson, I can attest that her talent and music is downright special.
Years prior to falling in love with Texas country and red dirt music, I probably would not have appreciated Wilson's music as much. Music like this is not the sexy, low cut shirts and daisy dukes we see hammered in our faces. Look, I'm a guy and I like attractive women, but just being some wanna-be country girl doesn't mean you have talent. It means you can be a puppet and that’s lame. There's a higher level approach to Jamie Lin's music because it's not about going out and sliding up onto a tailgate. It's about life and marriage and cheating – the subject's that are cheapened on mainstream country radio.
One of the most powerful songs on this album, "Just Some Things" is about two people going to a motel room and having an affair. The pangs of regret creeping in steadily begin and increase as the song goes on. This song is a duet between Jamie Lin and one of my all-time favorites, Wade Bowen. The chemistry that these two have is just incredible and resulted in many repeated listens for me. It takes two very special talents to make you feel a song like this and prevent it from falling into a cheesy track. "There's just some things you can't take back" is repeated throughout and the way they each deliver it is nothing short of believable.
Infidelity runs rampant in our society and it has severe penalties when exposed. I have never understood why people think this behavior is ok. Once a cheater, always a cheater in my mind – regardless of how many apologies. Bowen and Wilson lead the listener through the beginning of the encounter. Each of their minds are racing, in disbelief that they are even in this position. The thoughts of the permanent destruction of their relationships with their spouse/partner was lost in the moment, up until now. It's the sobering moment as things become real. The motel room, the bed, and the motel tv put them over the edge. It's relationship suicide, as they say throughout the song.
We don't always need to focus on the somber things in life and Wilson brings us into her own life with, "Moving Along." From listening to this song, I feel like this is about juggling all of life's responsibilities and still being able to perform and follow her music passion. All one has to do is look at the amount of touring these artists do to realize that it is not a easy lifestyle. As a mother, Jamie is passionate about her children and raising them to be respectable adults. Despite all her travelling and singing beautiful folk and Americana music, she is able to be there for her children. It's commitment and dedication to have a successful career and raise a family, and she has figured that out without question. If you follow her on social media, she posts some humorous pictures of her and the kids. It really shows how family oriented Jamie is.
Music created by talents like Jamie Lin Wilson may not be the style the majority of people my age and younger will listen to, but they are missing out. We are in an incredible time in music where artists like this can stay true to themselves and have people like me in Massachusetts stream it on Spotify and YouTube while on a laptop at my Alma-mater. A few years back, that would not have been possible, but here we are. Luckily for those who are too focused on the latest pop-country hits, this music stands the test of time and will be there when they realize there's real substance out - there waiting to be soaked in.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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