Sammy Kershaw changed my listening habits. Ten simple songs made me go "Wow." Ten simple songs opened my eyes to a different listening experience.
The CD starts off with "A Memory That Just Won't Quit." It's a simple song that had just enough Pop elements to get me interested in his music. So I kept listening.
"Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer" comes next. I found it humorous. While the music may not have been my taste at the time, the lyrics kept me going. Today I enjoy the song in its' entirety.
"Still Lovin' You" is next on the list. I really didn't pay that much attention to it at the time. Later, I paid attention to the lyrics as became dumbfounded at the sacrifices the song depicts.
"She Don't Know She's Beautiful" is next and has great lyrics. Songs like this just kept me wanting more.
"I Can't Reach Her Anymore" is a slow song. The lyrics reference a love that was torn and how he wants to reconcile while the woman wants nothing to do with that. I liked the song back then, and sadly, the song became real for me later in my life. So now it's one of those songs that can be painful for me to listen to.
"Haunted Heart" comes next, and for some reason hooked me. I listened to this song over and over, mesmerized by the lyrics. As a result the lyrics were implanted into my brain. Because of this song I stopped listening to Pop and Rock and listened to country solely for many years.
"Neon Leon" is next and at the time had enough familiar elements to keep me into the CD. It has many different instruments that make for a pleasant listening experience.
"What Might Have Been" is next and is another slow song, and another one of those songs that became real life. So it is also painful to listen to for me. The song is good; it just brings me pain.
"You've Got A Lock On My Love" is an upbeat song. It describes me fairly well. While this song my tie into the other songs that I've mentioned that are painful to me, this song is different. This song is me; this song represents the dedication I have in a relationship, and as such is not painful for me to listen to.
"Cry, Cry, Darlin'" closes out the CD. It's another slow song. It describes the breakup I had, and so it remains close to me as well as the other songs.
This CD hooked me from the beginning. I just never pictured how the songs would be woven into my life. I highly recommend it. "Haunted Heart" continues to be one of my favorite CDs twenty plus years after its release in the early 1990's.