Plenty of artists used the COVID quarantine to produce new work of one sort or another. Through Zoom concerts and table reads, virtual presentations became ubiquitous. On the more ambitious side, Taylor Swift hunkered down and recorded not one but two full-length albums.
Miranda Lambert split the difference with a surprise release of her own. Teaming up with two friends and songwriting collaborators, Jack Ingram and Joe Randall, she headed to the small town of Marfa, Texas, to record a decidedly low-fi quarantine album.
Today’s random SOTD is from The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert’s splendid 2016 double album (which I recently named my favorite of the previous decade).
‘Keeper of the Flame’ is one of the album’s upbeat tracks, and one of the few that isn’t about going through or recovering from a breakup.
This song is about Lambert’s place in a long line of women in both country music and music industry generally.
Concluding the chronological presentation of my 25 favorite songs…
‘Easy From Now On‘ – Miranda Lambert (2007)
The last time I posted Miranda Lambert’s ‘Easy From Now On,’ during a series on my favorite female vocalists, frequent commenter Dana suggested that Lambert was “this year’s model” and that “with time and perspective” I might not list her in my top ten.
That was a little more than a decade ago.
This song appears toward the end of Disc One of Miranda Lambert’s 2016 The Weight of These Wings. It’s one of only two tracks on the double album not written by Lambert.
‘Covered Wagon’ is a cover of one of singer-songwriter Danny O’Keefe’s earliest songs. O’Keefe is a Seattle-based folk-rock performer whose work has been covered by a host of artists over the past 50 years. The one readers of this blog might know best is ‘The Road,’ performed by Jackson Browne on his Running on Empty album.
Best Albums of the 2010s – #1
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert (2016)
It should come as no surprise that the greatest album by my favorite artist would end up as my #1 album of the decade.
I spent a lot of time thinking about the makeup and order of this list, but Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings was cemented in place before I even began.