Song Of The Day: Mary Chapin Carpenter ‘Beautiful Racket’

Mary Chapin Carpenter performs 'Songs from Home' during the pandemic
Mary Chapin Carpenter performs 'Songs from Home' during the pandemic
Mary Chapin Carpenter (screen capture via Instagram)

Longtime readers know I’m a huge fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Balancing catchy melodies with lyrics that explore our ever-evolving human condition, Mary Chapin has enjoyed a faithful fanbase for over 3 decades.

The 5-time Grammy Award winner is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (1992 to 1995).

With more than 12 million records worldwide, Carpenter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 7, 2012,

Her most successful album to date remains 1992’s Come On Come On, which scored 7 charting country singles and was certified quadruple platinum selling more than 4 million copies.

I happened to hit play on her ‘Beautiful Racket’ this morning as I was getting ready for the day.

With so much going on in all of our lives – between ‘getting it done’ at work and at home, paying attention to the news landscape, and more – the song landed for me as it cites the constant opposing forces we cope with.

And a beautiful racket, in whispers and roars
The bitter and sweet, between the truces and the wars
The noise and the quiet, the courage and the fear
And all of the wisdom between a smile and a tear

Song Of The Day: Bangles “Hazy Shade Of Winter”

This 1987 hit for The Bangles always catches my ear and I’ve been meaning to post it on The Randy Report.

To be honest, I never knew Simon & Garfunkel released the original version in 1966, initially as a stand-alone single. The song reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, The Bangles recorded their (superior, in my opinion) cover of the song for the Less Than Zero soundtrack; that version peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.