Posts tagged ‘loretta lynn’
July 6, 2011
Lauren Ingraham Alexander
Can I take a moment to recognize the brilliance of Loretta Lynn? A couple months ago a friend passed along a mix of her music and re-introduced her into my own personal hall of fame. She’s blowing my mind and that is a lot for me to say because I am the worst at girl-criticizing. I like a lot of ladies in the music world but I rarely will go over the top with my hyperbolic love for them. But that’s another story.
This story is about how much I loooooove Loretta. I watched Coal Miner’s Daughter a couple times when I was a teenager. I was familiar with the gist of her thing; small town girl, big voice, married, mothering, struggling to be heard. But at 15 I could hardly feel what I feel now at 30 for this timeless songstress.
I feel like she’s the super bad tough cookie I wish I could be (personally and professionally). Case in point:
If you watched that video then you are really cool. And you’ll know what I mean when I say that I think the way she says, “I’ll grab you by the hair of your head and lift you off of the ground…” is both beautiful and frightening.
So much of her music is that way. So pretty but intense. Serious but funny. Sad but hopeful. If you don’t have any Loretta Lynn in your library it’s time to change that. And then come back here and tell me about it. Do you have a favorite? Let me know.