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Patty Loveless dreams on

By Jeffrey B. Remz, October 2005

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Amazingly enough, Loveless also helps write a song, a rarity for her. She has helped write a total of about 10 songs that appeared on her albums since 1986's self-titled debut, which had 2 Loveless songs.

Along with Gordy, she wrote the playful, cute story of rural love "Big Chance," a musically upbeat song where the girl wants to marry her man until her parents stepped in and ruined it all.

Loveless says the song is a follow-up to "Pretty Little Miss" from "Mountain Soul," which she wrote with Gordy.

"It's a continuation of the song," Loveless says. "She was 12, but in 'Big Chance,' she's 14. It's a song that I can sort of describe me in a way as well when I was that age."

"I think I was a very mature 14 (year old). I think, for the most part, a lot of young girls think they're so ready, know so much, know more than our parents. It's sort of that bluegrass feel that we pulled from the 'Mountain Soul' that we managed to pull in this album."

Loveless calls herself a "reluctant" writer because of "the fact that the way I write is the old style...When I look back at 13 and 14, writing songs then, I was writing songs in the more country vein. I wrote just around the chords that I knew, the notes I knew how to play on the guitar."

"But co-writing with Emory is great. To me, it's just a perfect combination. He's really an amazing arranger. He's amazing as far as coming up with melodies. It's really a joy to work with him."

"It just comes to us. I don't know if Emory thought 'Big Chance' was going to make the record, but I fell in love with the tracks I cut so much. I just felt it had a lot of fire to it. All the songs on this record, each one that I do, it does show a lot of influence of music that I had been listening to or had been brought up on over the years."

In contrast, Loveless delves into spirituality and one's role in life on several songs.

"Old Soul," penned by Lee Roy Parnell and Tony Arata, talks of a young mother ("she's a little more than a child herself/than the children of her own") who gives of herself to others ("All the dreams and desires that she had/She had to put 'em all on hold/While another young heart became an old soul") while the years pass by.

"When I first heard this, I started thinking about the women I had known, that I know," says Loveless. "I could connect immediately with this song. So many of my friends have given (to others). When it comes to a woman, no matter if she has a job or not, she's going to give her all to (her) family, and I have a lot of friends who have been hard working women that don't necessarily take a whole lot of time out for themselves."

"It's even almost like when I look at my own mother. She's given her whole life to her kids. She'll be 85 in January, and she's still with us. I look back on those years, and I think about some of the stories that can be very very unfortunate...I think of those ladies who deserve a lot of praise for their patience."

"There are just so many young mothers out there. Once they have a child, they have to grow up immediately."

"I feel I'm here for a purpose. If I have to be a caretaker, I have to be a wife one minute, I feel that's my purpose in life. I think that's what it comes down to."

"Sometimes you just got to make time for yourself. I think for the most part, women do become caretakers for their families, their husbands, parents, and I just think that people can look at the song in so many different ways. It sort of almost sounds sad in a way, but at the same time it opens up a different perspective to the song when people know that it's not that she has regrets or anything like that. It's just she has a purpose in life."

Loveless includes a few hidden tracks, including the very short "I Got Something in Mind Baby" and Mac Wiseman's gospel song "When They Ring Those Golden Bells."

"This whole record was supposed to feel like you were supposed to be at a concert. After the show is over, this gives you the feeling when I go back to my dressing room. I'm chilling before I have meets and greets with people. If there's a guitar in the room, I'll just pick up the guitar. If there's a song coming into my head, I'll just pick up a guitar and start strumming and thinking."

Loveless says "Golden Bells" was recorded on a cassette "to kind of give you the (after concert) feel. I was so up and felt the energy from the audience that night or that sometimes I just get together one of my guitar players, and we sit around and sing a song."

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