Sunday Slowdown: Mary Chapin Carpenter ‘Late For Your Life’

Mary Chapin Carpenter

One of the things that has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether we like it or not, is seeing life slow down in one form or another.

Maybe we don’t go to work as often, or maybe working from home we catch some of those moments that ‘happen’ when in the past we haven’t been paying attention.

I saw Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, who has been doing a series of live performances on her Instagram account, shared her gem of a song, “Late For Your Life,” today.

I can’t do the song or Mary Chapin justice by talking about it, so, here’s the original recording as well as her charming ‘Songs From Home’ InstaTV version complete with her dog, Angus, playing with his squeak toy in the background.

Says Mary Chapin, “‘Late For Your Life’ has a simple message that reminds us not to put off those things⁣ that would make our lives better, happier, more fulfilled…whatever those aspirations might be. Even in a pandemic, every day is all there is, and it all goes by so fast.”

No one knows where they belong / The search just goes on and on and on
For every day that ends up wrong / Another one’s right
Call it chance or call it fate / Either one is cause to celebrate
Still the question begs why would you wait / And be late for your life

Hit play below and please – listen to the lyrics that are perfectly paired with a gorgeous, languid, melancholy guitar.

Mary Chapin recently launched a new podcast you can find here, and her new album, The Dirt and the Stars, is set for release this coming Friday, August 7.

 

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Hi friends, ⁣ ⁣ Welcome to the month of August and another “Songs From Home” song. ”Late For Your Life” has a simple message that reminds us not to put off those things⁣ that would make our lives better, happier, more fulfilled…whatever those aspirations might be. Even in a pandemic, every day is all there is, and it all goes by so fast. ⁣ ⁣ In the first episode of our podcast “One Story”****, Sarah Kay and I talked about how regrets can shape our thoughts and actions, worrying about time running out and accepting where we find ourselves in life, in our work, in our relationships, in our passions and callings. This song seemed a good musical partner for that part of the conversation. ⁣ ⁣ In other news, I am counting down the days until next Friday August 7th, when “The Dirt And The Stars” is released!⁣ ⁣ Until the next time, stay well, stay strong, wear your mask, and #staymighty !⁣ ⁣ #lateforyourlife #songsfromhome #august #virginia #blueridgemountains⁣ #thedirtandthestars #angus #goldensofig #goldenretriever #squeakytoy⁣ #home #farm #patienceismysuperpower #weareallconnected #staythefuckhome⁣ #podcast #onestorypodcast #sarahkay⁣ ⁣ ****available wherever you find your podcasts

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Sunday Slowdown: Blondie ‘The Tide Is High’

Running some errands with hot hubby Michael today, I heard this on the music system at one of the stores we visited and I found it impossible not to bop down the aisle.

Originally performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons, the song didn’t become a hit until Blondie covered the tune in 1980 for their Autoamerican album and took it all the way to number one, becoming an international sensation.

Who can’t groove to this?

Happy Sunday, folks.

Sunday Slowdown: Reba McEntire “Sunday Kind Of Love”

Looking for sleepy Sunday, lazy morning music today I remembered  Miss Reba McEntire’s stylish and vocally flawless rendition of the Etta James classic, “Sunday Kind of Love.”

A bit of intersectional awareness here: I’m currently staging South Pacific for San Diego Musical Theatre and Reba famously sold-out Carnegie Hall in June 2005 with a killer “Nellie Forbush” in the staged concert version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.

Plus, Reba’s music video for “Sunday Kind of Love” is set in the 1940s during wartime as is South Pacific.

In 1988, Reba’s music video was nominated for “Video of the Year” at the Academy of Country Music Awards for the video below.

Happy Sunday everyone.