May 7th can not come soon enough. I have finally taken some time today to stream some of the former frontwoman for the Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines new album and it is pretty amazing. Comprised of all covers or songs written by others, it is quite amazing. The first song "Mother" came out a few months ago and we all knew it was amazing but take the time today and check out "Free Life" originally written and performed by Dan Wilson (who helped her write "Not Ready to Make Nice"). Its an amazing cut off of what is going to be a stellar album.
There is something about Natalie Maines that makes her kind of unforgettable. Maybe it was that she absolutely destroyed country music with her pure greatness. Her voice was incredible and her liberal politics were unapologetic (even if they did get her into some crazy situations). She completely ruled the charts for years and years and I have a feeling that the world will open their arms again and welcome her voice into their stereos. Her new sound still has her country twang but has added a rock sound that started on the "Not Ready to Make Nice" album.
Everything about this song and new album is going to work in her favor... I just know it.
Lyrics from "Free Life"
'Let's fall in love again with music as our guide
We'll raise our ready hands and let go for the ride
Down into unknown lands where lovers need and hide
We got these lives for free, we don't know where they've been
We don't know where they'll go when we are through with them
A starlight of the sun, the dark side of the moon
What are you going to spend your Free Life on?'