Friday, April 6, 2012

Sometimes You Just Need A Little Home

     Just this morning I saw Rascal Flatts on a television show and they were asked why they had named their new album Changed. Gary LeVox, lead singer of Rascal Flatts, said that it described the past decade perfectly for them. He said that they had changed record companies, management and their personal lives had changed as well. He felt as if that single word fit very well for what had been happening in their lives. I think that may be the reason that so many people are going to relate to the songs on this album.

     Those of you who follow my blog know that music is a huge part of my life. I am certainly a rock and roll girl with a lot of teenager still in this middle-aged body. I am equally familiar with current pop music and classic rock from the 70's. I rarely call myself a country music fan and yet, as country music has gradually taken on more of a country pop/rock sound, I have a few favorite artists that I listen to often. Rascal Flatts is at the top of that list. I have many of their albums and I am a huge fan of their beautiful ballads and harmonies. So, when I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new album, I jumped at the chance. I knew I would be buying it anyway.

     When asked to review a cd, I have a way I like to listen to it. The first time I play it, I put it in the stereo and go about my business with it blasting in the background. If I catch myself stopping to listen to a song, I know it is a good one. In the case of Changed, I simply stopped what I was doing and started listening to the words. I think this is one of Rascal Flatt's best. It has beautiful ballads and up tempo country rock  all done with the beautiful harmonies that have made them famous. One minute I was in tears, the next I was bouncing around the living room!
     The trio, comprised of singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney, have evolved after being in the spotlight as some of country music's biggest superstars. Changed is their eighth studio album and their first with brand new material in two years. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts. I have no doubt that with this album those numbers are all going to go up!

     My favorite song on the CD is A Little Home.
It may not be the hit from the album,
 but it certainly touched something in me.

Fifth floor. She’s up in her dorm. Studyin’ for her midterms.
She’s had one of those weeks,
where the world it seems is against her.
Right on cue a picture pops up on her laptop.
She can’t pick her cell phone up fast enough.
Sometimes you just need a little home.

Some “hey mom and dad what’s goin’ on?
I’m just checkin’ in. No there ain’t nothing wrong”
Sometimes you just need a little home.

Well he’s tired, sits down in the sand.
Shoe box in his hand, half a world away.
And he smiles when he sees who it’s from.
He lays down his gun, no he can’t wait.
Cards and letters and something sweet.
He takes a bite and reads.
How everybody sends their love, he tears up.
Sometimes you just need a little home.

A little let you know you’re not alone.
 To carry in your heart. And keep your spirit strong.
Sometimes you just need a little home.
 Sometimes I’d like to drive back through that little town.
 And get my feet back on the ground.

Sometimes you just need a little home.
A little hey you’ve been gone way too long.
Yeah way too long.
No matter how grown up you get.
 No matter how far you roam.
Sometimes you just need a little home.
Home sweet home.
Sometimes you just need a little home.

Hey “mom and dad, what’s goin’ on?”

To read more about Rascal Flatts, check out their website.

To see the video of Banjo

I did get my copy of Changed for free
from One2One Network,  
but I would gladly reimburse them for it.
I highly recommend it!


dee dee said...

I will have to check them out! I listened to country when I was young (back when Country was more old school) but love Carrie Underwood and other upcoming country like artists! Love the words of the song your posted!
dee dee

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like some "country" music, but a lot I don't care for. Don't care for the "old style country" at all. I remember growing up that was about all the local radio station played and would change stations, then dad would change it back. :D
Same with Rascal Flatts - some yes and some not so much.
Have a great weekend!

Red Couch Recipes said...

That song made me cry, and I need to check it out. I think we all need a little bit of home. When our folks have died then it is up to us to try to make a wonderful, safe stopping and resting place for our children. Thanks for the tip on music. Joni

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I too love music and have posted my Easter playlist on the sidebar of my blog.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Anonymous said...

Music has always been a very important part of my life too, Sue. The lyrics to this song are wonderful.

Happy Easter!

momto8 said...

my girls would see Rascal Flatts every time they came to town.. now maybe I understand more after reading the.great lyrics.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

My daughter is a huge fan, too. Hope you had a fabulous Easter!...hugs...Debbie

Jenny said...

What wonderful lyrics! Wow. I am going out to listen to these and put them on my i-pod! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Gypsy Heart said...

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I've loved Rascal Flatts since they started. Their music, as well as the way they live their lives, has inspired me.


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