I was flipping radio stations while driving home this evening and came across “Live Like You Were Dying” so I stopped and listened for a while. Man! Not only does that song pack a particularly powerful punch in my life at the moment, what with my dad’s situation, but it’s just airtight, musically and lyrically. Great production, great performance by Tim McGraw. I felt overcome with envy. So that got me thinking about other songs I wish I’d written, and I decided to start listing them. After all, I can always refer to this list when I need inspiration.
I also decided to limit the list to songs which were probably written in Nashville, and probably intended for the country market, since that’s where we’re aiming and I sometimes find it so stifling that it’ll be a good reminder to see a list of great songs that stayed within the “safe” limits of country radio acceptability.
Live Like You Were Dying
(James Nichols / Craig Wiseman)
I Hope You Dance
(Mark Sanders / Tia Sillers)
A Little Past Little Rock
(James Brown / Brett Jones / Tony Lane)
You’ll Think Of Me
(Darrell Brown / Ty Lacy / Dennis Matkosky)
Bring On The Rain
(Helen Darling / Billy Montana)
[Edit: additions since original post]
Every Light In The House