I love a solid country tear-jerking ballad! In fact, one of the things I appreciate about country music is that it's often a celebration of sadness. It doesn't try to escape it, but rather embraces heartbreak and disappointment and accepts them as a part of life. Why? Because it builds character. Heartbreak makes you stronger and better equipped to deal with the day to day challenges of life. Why not embrace it? So when people claim that country is all about people whining about life, I have to argue with that assessment. Country is music by people not afraid to face the reality of life.
This record perfectly illustrates that point. Connie Francis is saying, HEY my heart is freshly broken! Leave me alone for now. It's ok for me to have a broken heart. Eventually I'll get over it. Don't worry about me, I can handle it. It's just life. Shit happens. Let me have my feelings and leave me alone.
I love it.
I also love this production. Following in the footsteps of Les Paul & Mary Ford, Connie's doing a lovely duet with her overdubbed self. Say what you will about Connie Francis, but she DEFINITELY had her own distinctive style. No matter what genre she was dabbling in at the time or what language she was singing, you can always identify a Connie Francis record.
People don't seem to talk about Connie much these days, but did you know that Connie Francis recorded records in 10 different languages and was at one time simultaneously voted the #1 vocalist in nearly a dozen countries? That's quite an accomplishment. Connie is a survivor and thriver in multiple ways and she'll be celebrating her 76th birthday in just a few weeks.
So cozy up with Connie and her brand new broken heart.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!