Song of the Day #1,120: ‘The House That Built Me’ – Dia Frampton & Miranda Lambert

In the final episode of The Voice, when all the voting was done and the network just needed to burn 55 minutes before revealing the winner, each of the finalists got to perform with an established artist.

Javier Colon sang ‘Landslide’ with the legendary Stevie Nicks, whose voice is showing signs of age but who still commands the stage with her very awesomeness. Vicci Martinez performed with the guy from Train, one of her favorite groups. Beverly McClellan sang with some guy I’d never heard of before and further established that, no matter how strong her voice is, she can’t command an audience’s attention for more than 20 seconds.

And finally, Dia Frampton took the stage with country star Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton’s wife.

This was one of my favorite moments on The Voice for reasons that have nothing to do with the performance itself. In fact, Dia’s voice (at least initially) seems as if it’s failing on her, perhaps weakened by the strain of her final performance the night before. And Lambert’s much more powerful pipes dominate Frampton’s whispered vocals.

But this was great television in so many other ways. I’d wondered what Lambert thought of Frampton, the pretty young woman who had so captured her husband’s attention and affection. Was there any jealousy there, any wariness? Now, Lambert strikes me as the last woman in the world to feel threatened by another woman — she’d kick both Dia’s and Blake’s asses if it came to that — but still, I was curious.

And what you see is that Lambert has just as much affection for Dia as her husband. Frampton seems more nervous in this performance than she did through most of The Voice, and Lambert locks eyes with her and seems to will her through the song. Afterward, their embrace didn’t feel rehearsed but genuine. Indeed, Shelton confirms that Lambert and Frampton are planning to co-write some songs.

Afterward, Frampton said of this performance, “Singing with her was my favorite thing on the entire show. Next to Blake’s duet, it was something that I was trying really hard not to cry the whole time I was singing with her.”

I also love how intimate the camerawork is in this scene. I really get a sense of what it’s like for these two women to be on stage in a spotlight in front of a huge television audience. I get a little nervous watching it, even after the fact. Nice work by the show’s producers.

Finally, and I’m sorry I couldn’t find this on YouTube, Blake’s comments after this performance were extremely touching. Choked up, he said that seeing the two of them onstage together drove home the reason he’d become so invested in Dia’s success:

“It finally hit me, watching that. I know now why I get so emotional when I’m around you these last two weeks, Dia. Watching you stand there, singing that song with my wife, it makes sense to me. You’re family to me now. I love you. I really do. I’m so proud of you. I’m so happy for you.”

I love all three of these people!

I know they say you can’t go home again
I just had to come back one last time
Ma’am I know you don’t know me from Adam
But these handprints on the front steps are mine

Up those stairs in that little back bedroom
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar
I bet you didn’t know under that live oak
My favorite dog is buried in the yard

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years
From Better Homes and Gardens magazine
Plans were drawn and concrete poured
Nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama’s dream

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could just come in I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me

You leave home and you move on and you do the best you can
I got lost in this old world and forgot who I am

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it’s like I’m someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself

If I could walk around I swear I’ll leave
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,120: ‘The House That Built Me’ – Dia Frampton & Miranda Lambert

  1. Amy says:

    You so clearly do! Love them all, that is. You know what I love? How unabashedly you appreciate these subtle moments. You’re not just a fan of good movies and music; you’re a fan of great narratives and fine people, and that is why your blog is always such a fascinating read (well, with the possible exception of all those damn Sexsmith weekends ;)

    Anyway, I agree with you that this was actually a bit off as a performance. I, too, thought Dia sounded tentative and overpowered, and I can’t say that I like this rendition of the truly great Lambert song. I’ve somehow never found the song less powerful or moving (in large part, I think, because Dia seems just too young to have lived the lyrics). Still, I also agree that the whole thing made for wonderful television, and that Blake is just about as sweet as can be.

    As for the other three performance, I thought only Javier and Stevie connected on their song, clearly stealing the show with an absolutely stunning performance, where Stevie seemed to be literally conducting Javier right there on stage (though who know what she was really doing with all those crazy hand movements?!) It didn’t hurt that “Landslide” is far and away my favorite of those songs. I also love the song “Drops of Jupiter,” but I didn’t think they performed it as a duet the way Cee-Lo and Vicci did yesterday’s SOTD. As for Beverly and what’s his name… lol to your comments above, yeah, what the hell was that about?! Did she have any say in song or duet partner? Because neither did her any favors in the let’s score a record deal with someone out there department.

    Thanks for two fun weeks. Can’t wait to see what fine people and great narratives you delve into next week; you’re all out of Sexsmith tunes, right? ;)

  2. Dana says:

    I agree that this was a touching performance, heightened by Blake’s reaction. However, the song of the night, as Amy said, was clearly “Landslide.” And the dog of the night was crazy-eyed Beverly having to sing with One Republic’s lead singer on the latest single they were pushing, “Good Life.” That was a complete mismatch of voices and styles.

    I too have enjoyed the last two weeks and, after I survive another Paisley weekend, look forward to what is in store next week:)

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