Saturday, April 11, 2009

Musical memories... Tracy Chapman

I may have mentioned this before, but I like to have music playing in the backround all the time. I'll usually just settle for whatever is on the radio. Occasionally, and only occasionally will I feel in the mood for a particular artist or song, and when I do, it's usually just a handful of bands or artists. One of my favourite singers, that I go back to again and again is Tracy Chapman.

When I was in eighth grade, one of my favourite teachers told us about a song competition that Tracy Chapman. I can't find any information about it, but from what I remember, one lucky winner would have her sing the winning .. oh, I really don't remember. It doesn't really matter, does it? I only mention it because that was my introduction to her. I did write a poem about my parent's divorce, and I believe that my teacher submitted it to the competition (though that wasn't my intention). Regardless, my poem was rubbish. I cringe to think of it. It was the first poem I had ever attempted and I still hate that I wasn't the only one to read that stupid thing.

Still, horrible middle-school poetry aside, I was left with this longtime love affair with Tracy Chapman's music. I have all of her albums. I love her lyrics and the honesty in her singing. I love that she's maintained a sort of musical integrity. Let me share one of my favourite songs of hers... Baby Can I Hold You Tonight.


  1. I remember that contest.. What I took away from that experiance, was not a love for Tracy Chapman (although every time I hear Gimme One Reason, or Fast Car I think about eight grade..), but a love for writting. Mr. Caron helped me explore my writing side..

    I belive I also wrote a poem about my parents divorce..

  2. I like Tracy Chapman. Thanks for sharing the video.


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