I am inspired by Tracey Chapman and this isn’t the first time.
Best moment of the Grammy’s was when Tracy Chapman joined Luke Combs to sing Fast Car.
That was a magical moment on so many levels. White guy, county singer and black woman, musical legend.
I watched the clip of Luke Combs talking about his reasons for redoing the song. He loved the song, grew up listening to it and it was one of the first songs he played. That’s something.
I’m not a music star, country or otherwise. However, Tracey Chapman sure did influence my life and her song, Promise, was one of the first songs I sought to learn on the guitar.
Tracy Chapman I believe has inspired many. Her songs speak to the soul and connect, across devides.
Now that this moment has happened, I am sort hoping Tracey may make more musical appearances.
Sounds like she is a special woman who lives a life out of the public scrutiny. Maybe not now. With people just learning she lives in ________ (don’t want to add on so just ___) . Her solitude might be shaken. I hope not.
I have a story that she is still writing songs and music. Maybe even playing for non-advertised audiences.
Her song writing and music remind me of my own writing – yes there are books and articles for press, public and broad consumption, but that’s not why I write and I am guessing never why she wrote, sang and shared.
I write because it’s sooths an ache or fills a deep need/desire to connect and not be so alone.
I don’t know for sure but that’s what I saw on that stage the other night. Two amazing singers, worlds a part in many ways – bridging through a song. All of us getting to share in that special moment.
I wish could invite her to the stage here in Whitefish, MT. Wouldn’t that be cool.
Maybe that’s a LONG shot but in the meantime, I have gotten back out my guitar and I’m practicing my favorite Tracy tune: Promise.
No worries I won’t share my version with you but here’s a Tracy version: