This is a segment focusing on the albums which have impacted my life. Music is universal, and for me it has always been this intimate, religious experience. Music is my language, my form of expression, and my life.
I've been a fan of Sheryl Crow since Tuesday Night Music Club, but it was 1998's The Globe Sessions that hit me like an emotional semi truck. Crow lays herself bare throughout the record exposing fears, heartache, and disappointments in excruciating details. The Grammy winner has always possessed a powerful, distinct voice, but on this album it connects with every note. Her relation to the material is palpable in every guitar lick and vocal delivery. As a teenager something about a beautiful, intelligent, and talented woman dealing with insecurities was comforting. It seemed at least from my perspective she was the complete package, but it just illustrated things aren't as they appear. We've all felt a sense of lacking, and moments of doubt in our lives. When I was younger, I struggled with communicating my feelings so I gravitated toward artists who bravely invited anyone willing to listen into their most private and painful experiences. On The Globe Sessions, Crow is naked on self-doubt ridden "Am I Getting Through," pleads "don't bail on me" on "Riverwide," and confronts mistakes made on "The Difficult Kind." Bob Dylan gifted her a song for this album, and as a testament to Crow the songwriter, it is impossible to discern which song without prior knowledge. Unlike some of her contemporaries Crow has strived for improvement and willingly embraced/incorporated different sounds from the popscape of C'mon, C'mon to the blue eyed soul of 100 Miles from Memphis.
As an adult, I've grown, made mistakes, and survived heartbreak which only adds to my admiration of this record. At 14, I could appreciate and imagine her pain and resolution. At 35, I've shed tears, confronted my own lingering doubts, sabotaged myself, and even had my own "(My) Favorite Mistake." These were all lessons I'm grateful to have learned from, and appreciative to have had The Globe Sessions along for the journey. THANKS SHERYL! - 4 days ago