Those of you who know me, know I am a lover of country music. It started as a child listening to Alabama and the Eagles with my Dad and continues till this day. Many things I used to enjoy prior to Ben’s death I don’t anymore. But thankfully country music has remained.
A couple weeks ago Jeff took me to see Blake Shelton at Key Arena. It was so kind of him, seeing as how I am in love with Blake. If you aren’t familiar with Blake Shelton’s music, you may know him as a judge on the Voice. He is funny, charming, and handsome (now that the mullet is gone) – but perhaps most media attention is given to the fact that he is married to Miranda Lambert – another country star. My infatuation with Tim and Faith awhile back was similar – but they were like Barbie dolls that you wanted to mostly look at. Blake and Miranda strike me as people I would want to be friends with – to hang at the cabin with. And I am pretty sure Miranda could take care of our current raccoon problem there – as she clearly knows how to use a gun (this is where I depart from many of my country favs).
Miranda and Blake co-wrote a song recently called “Over You”. It is on her album Four the Record. It was written in honor of Blake’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident when Blake was fourteen. Blake chose not to put it on his album, as he didn’t feel he could sing it every night in concert – but was honored when Miranda put it on hers. Many of the lyrics seem as if they were written for me (the gift of songwriters) and some not as much. But it is an incredibly powerful song.
Her video for “Over You” came out this month and I have to say I was blown away. Even as a fan, I didn’t think it was possible for a country music video to reduce me to tears. But that it did. I don’t know if it is the snow, the two boys, the younger one looking for his brother, or the beautiful horse that visualizes the ebbs and flows of grief and a longing spirit so brilliantly – but something in this video is right on. It is a visual walk through the mind of someone who is grieving. Now if only I looked as gorgeous as her on my own journey of loss – vintage and all. Oh well. Yoga pants will have to do. Kuddos to director Trey Fanjoy for creating such a piece.
(scroll down for video – best watched in full screen!)