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Amy Grant - "It's Better Not to Know" 
8th-Sep-2009 12:53 am
No, I'm not religious.

Yes, I'm still a fan.

This is Amy Grant at her best, making the particular universal through song: "Some fell down and some grew tall and those surviving twenty winters long have the sweetest fruit of all." (Be sure to listen through the anecdote first.)

8th-Sep-2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I've heard of and known of Amy Grant for a long time - I've read all the controversies about her personal life and whether she'd sold out by going mainstream - but I don't think I'd ever heard her sing. She has a lovely voice.

The song itself reminded me of something a more religiously oriented Joni Mitchell would write and is in the singer-songwriter style of music of the 70s and 80s.
8th-Sep-2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
*nods* This is probably closest to her "true" style, what she writes on her own. I'm surprised you've never heard Amy Grant sing before, though; I still hear her music around...especially in grocery stores and the like.

"Baby, Baby" is the one that everybody seems to recognize:

8th-Sep-2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I recognize "Baby Baby", but if ever knew it was hers, I had forgotten by now. I don't know where I've heard it, but it hasn't been recently (even in grocery stores) nor on the radio or anything I've listened to deliberately. Maybe I saw her on the Grammys the year it came out. It was nominated in several categories and I used to watch the Grammys pretty religiously.

Other than that, if I heard her sing before (other than possibly in a radio interview on, say, NPR), I didn't realize it was her.
8th-Sep-2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
She's done a bunch of songs that you've probably heard around here and there without being consciously aware of who was singing them. I find a lot of people also recognize "Every Heartbeat," "That's What Love Is For," "I Will Remember You," "House of Love," etc.

Oh, and speaking of Joni Mitchell, Amy Grant did a cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" which got quite a bit of radio play in the late 90s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiJWwWP1g7w
9th-Sep-2009 02:44 am (UTC)
When I was researching where "Baby Baby" fit in her oeuvre, I read the Wikipedia articles on her and that song and noticed that she'd recorded and performs "Big Yellow Taxi". Her voice and writing style fit that song well. It's amusing that I was reminded of Joni Mitchell when I heard the first song you posted!

I'm skeptical about my knowing the other songs but it's possible. I do like her voice, so maybe I'll use some download credits I have to get some of her songs. Thinking about it more after I read the Wikipedia articles, I'm pretty sure I heard part of an interview with her and Vince Gill on NPR (or which referenced her marriage to Vince Gill) awhile back which touched on the controversy about her divorce from her first husband and marriage to Vince Gill. They always have singers they interview sing; that's part of the reason for the interview anyway, so I probably heard her sing then.
9th-Sep-2009 03:46 am (UTC)
*laughs* I don't think I've chatted with anybody outside of my family about being an Amy Grant fan in *years*...!

Well, as you probably saw from Wikipedia, Amy Grant's oeuvre is a bit like jumping down a rabbit hole; she's been recording professionally since her teens. (Here's the oldest song I've found performed live on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrzCa__LAXs Though the performance itself is when she was in her early twenties, she wrote it when she was a teenager.)

Fans generally agree that her best album ever was Lead Me On. Quite possibly her best song is also popularly assumed to be "Lead Me On." The Heart In Motion and House of Love albums are the most mainstream-accessible, but I'm also very partial to Behind the Eyes (though this was the one that documented her divorce, so it's a major downer). Behind the Eyes is the most acoustic of her later albums, though some of her later songs, especially "The Water," is as well. If you like upbeat eighties pop, Unguarded is tons of fun.
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