Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Missed Masterpieces: Sheryl Crow

Posted By on February 22, 2011, 9:19 AM

I’m a retired Salt Lake City cop, a fact I’m neither proud of, nor am I ashamed of; it was just a job.---

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, we were working 12-hour shifts, six days a week, and I was sicker than a dog. I had pneumonia, but there was no way in hell I was going to call in sick and miss out on all that double pay overtime money (that taxes took most of back later). Thank God I had a big bottle of Percocet, or I wouldn’t have made it.

My oldest daughter was into cheerleading: high school, Cheers, and college (where she got a scholarship). She’s a beauty; in fact, all three of my daughters are gorgeous, which is odd since I’m sure as hell nothing to look at.

Anyway, I was forced to do a minor no-no. I’d drive her to Cheers in Wood’s Cross or Bountiful, in my police car. But I really didn’t have time to switch out cars.

Naturally, we’d listen to her radio stations, which played “Soak Up the Sun” ad nauseum. For my 41st birthday in 2002, my youngest daughter gave me the Sheryl Crow album C’mon C’mon and I thought to myself, “Eeh, ‘Soak up the Sun’ hell.”

But when I first listened to the album I thought, “Goddamn, this album’s got some GREAT songs on it.” My two favorite songs from the album are “Safe and Sound” and “Weather Channel.”

The former was used at the end of the movie “K-PAX” even before the album was released. With the latter, you have one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs ever made, with Emmylou Harris (the world’s all-time best background singer), singing background. Emmylou often helps good songs become GREAT.

I was writing this piece at 5 a.m., when I fell asleep for four hours with my face on the keyboard. I woke up with key marks all over my face.

Buy this album, it’s beautiful and I promise you won’t fall asleep.

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