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