Brandi Carlile – “The Eye”

“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.”

Something fine on a Sunday afternoon. The only time I saw Brandi live was at the Ryman in Nashville, TN. She was just getting her start in the music business and was the intro act for Train. It was on Saturday, April 8, 2006. On the way from Richmond, KY with my good friend, Margaret Baxter, we encountered a tornado near Gallatin, TN, and spent several minutes along the side of the road while hail pummeled my car. A tragic and devastating day for Gallatin. But we made it to the concert and Brandi was amazing. “The Eye” is appropriate for these memories.

“A cup of coffee – real coffee – home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.”

Henry Ward Beecher, ‘Eyes and Ears’