Today we’re going back 10 years. Man…it hasn’t seemed like that long, but somehow time creeps up on you and before you know it you realize that you’re getting older.
Back in 2006, Miranda Lambert had just put out her first record. At this point she wasn’t yet a star. Her third single, Kerosene, had cracked the top 15 on the chart and had become a hit, but she was still looking for higher charting singles.
That’s when New Strings came out. This was my favorite song off that first record. There was just something hopeful about it and it was really catchy. I never understood why it never became a bigger hit. And I’m sure that it’s pretty much been forgotten as Miranda has gone on to have some really big hits.
But I like looking back at this one and seeing what Miranda was writing about back in those early days. The song is about how we all have the world in front of us. That’s the great thing about America. Nothing is promised to us, but we have the opportunity to do whatever we want.
Miranda was planning to take that opportunity back ten years ago and she’s accomplishes so much in the time since then.
It’s odd now to think that she struggled for so long to have high-charting singles on the radio charts. New Strings reminds me of Wide Open Spaces, which was a huge hit for the Dixie Chicks, but for some reason Miranda was ignored on radio in those early days.
I’m glad she was able to push through all that and is thriving now. Country music is better off with Miranda Lambert.