A few weeks ago, I crossed the Number One item off my Music Bucket List when I saw Mary Chapin Carpenter perform live. Her album “Come On Come On” was the first CD I ever bought. Her lyrics have inspired me since I first heard them at the age of—nine? Ten? Her album Stones in the Road is at the top of my Desert Island Discs list, one of the most perfect and wonderful set of songs ever committed to tape. She was excellent live—funny, engaging, vulnerable, charming.
If any of you ever have cause to plan my funeral—which I hope is a very long time from now—I’d like to put it out there now that this song of Mary Chapin’s is a must. It should play with no accompaniment: No slideshow, no one talking. I’d just like the gathered mourners (and celebrants) to sit quietly and listen to this tune.