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May 13, 2011 / John Sieger

Has That Ever Happened To You?

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There is a kind of country/singer/songwriter/poet that exists only in my mind—kind of an amalgam of Don Gibson, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Roger Miller, Gillian Welch and the Flatlanders, among others. This guy writes country songs not because he is trying to prove he is country, but because he has an idea. He might be a little philosophical, like Jimmy Dale Gilmore, or a bit of a scamp like Butch Hancock. I myself am hardly qualified to be a country artist, and that’s kind of the point—my favorites are always a poor fit in any suit you try to squeeze them into. But this lyric by Michael Feldman is simple and sad, like good country, and I thought an odd chord progression and a scrap of melody seemed to fit that mood of regret. You couldn’t give this song away in Nashville—take it from a former Office Depot “Associate Of The Month” who stocked aisles a mile from Music Row.

© 2011 John Sieger/Michael Feldman


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