Arguing With Ghosts

Gretchen Peters first became known to me when I saw the video of her song “Blackbirds” on YouTube four or five years ago. I liked the song so well, I downloaded the same-titled album from Amazon Prime (for free!).

Since then, I have learned she has been a songwriter for years, with some of the best-known names in Nashville of the late 1900s and early 2000s recording her songs. Her most famous song is probably “Independence Day” (Try watching this without tearing up.), recorded by Martina McBride; it won CMA Song of the Year in 1995.

Though better known for her writing, Ms. Peters has released quite a few albums of her own.

She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5, 2004. In 2021, she received the Poets Award from the Academy of Country Music—a much-deserved award because, in my opinion, all her songs are poems.

Ms. Peters has a hauntingly beautiful voice that pairs well with all of her work, which most often evokes sadness, longing, regret, and resignation. Some, like "Blackbirds" and "Independence Day," tell a story.

I hope you listen to “Arguing With Ghosts.” Those among us who have a lot of years behind us can empathize with its lyrics.

©2121 KT Workman

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KT Workman

KT Workman grew up in the rural South without the benefit of cell phones or the Internet, a time and place that has heavily influenced her writing. To this day, when she puts pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard—nine times out of ten her mind veers south onto that old, familiar road. It goes home. KT resides in Arkansas where she writes a wide variety of gothic and speculative fiction, poetry, and dabbles in watercolor painting and amateur photography.

6 thoughts on “Arguing With Ghosts”

    1. I’ve listened to many of her albums, and Blackbirds is my favorite…every song on it is great. Most of her music comes from a dark place that speaks to me.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the song. The first time I heard it, it struck a cord within me.

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