I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for two weeks now, but I felt like I couldn’t properly relay my extremely passionate emotions about the topic. I almost didn’t write this, which is why this post is coming at you later in the evening, but I can’t go on without sharing this wonderful artist with all of you.
Remember that name; write it down, look it up, memorize her lyrics and fall in love with her music.
I can’t stop listening to her album Starfire, though I know I should give it a rest before I run the risk of getting tired of the songs but the entire album is just so good! So if we were to put Caitlyn Smith in a category, I guess she would fit into the country music one the best but I want to make it clear that her music is so much more than that. Before I identified her music as Country, I noticed the soulful sound with a hint of jazz in her music, she has a voice full of passion and lyrics that lead with her heart.
Being that Caitlyn Smith started her career off as a songwriter, it’s no surprise that her lyricism in her album is poignant and surrounded with an unapologetic honesty that pulls at your heartstrings. I have listened to the album multiple times from beginning to end and am struggling to find a song that I do not like.
It perfectly describes falling in love after feeling broken with “Before You Called Me Baby”, it reminds you how to believe in yourself with “Starfire”, she tries to help you get closure with “Tacoma”, she allows you to almost give up on your dream with “This Town Is Killing Me” and reminds you why you should keep going with “House of Cards”.
Which speaking of, is my favorite song off the album. Aside from the extraordinary vocals on the song, “House of Cards” is a beautiful pep talk for a person who is ready to give up. This song came at the perfect time and now I don’t know how I survived without it.
And I don’t know why
Why it’s gotta be so damn hard
Why it always falls apart
Why I always cry when I see the stars
Careful now, fragile hearts
We’re all living in a house of cards
I constantly feel like I am attempting to succeed in a world where my biggest competition has bet their life’s savings against me and honestly; it’s exhausting. I find myself in a never-ending cycle of being uninspired and it’s completely detrimental to my writing but Caitlyn Smith just gave me the kick in the butt I needed.
And I’m a dreamer, and what nobody knows
Is deep in my soul, I’m scared half to death
There’s is a voice in my head:
“You’ve got to get better, it’s now or it’s never”
Not good enough, good enough, oh
Just shut up, shut up, shut up, yeah
Caitlyn Smith is an extraordinary talent that deserves more recognition and my friends will attest to the fact that I can now consider myself part of her promotional street team. Though her vocals are what took me by surprise the first time I heard the album, it’s her songwriting that kept me coming back for more. The magic in Caitlyn is that whether she’s singing her own words or ones that someone else wrote for her; her heart leads the powerful way and we are so much better for having listened to it.
Give Starfire a listen and come back to tell me what you think, though I already know you’re going to love it; take my word for it!