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.