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Lee Ann Womack hopes her music is worth leaving behind

By Tom Netherland, October 2002

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As for "I Need You," Womack says, "It's hard for me to find uptempo songs that are real meaty. I was just listening in Frank's office one day to Julie's record. When that record came on, I said, 'when I make my record, I want to record this one.' It sounds like an uptempo smash to me. Don't get me wrong. I get stuff every day. To find an uptempo hit song that works for me and that I like is very very hard to find."

While Womack occasionally has written songs, she says she hasn't exactly had the time. "I haven't had time to wash clothes or do anything. It's been crazy."

"I think that songwriting and singing are two different arts. There are some people who are good songwriters who aren't good singers. There are people who are good singers, who aren't good songwriters. I definitely think the two are very separate. I think I'm an okay writer. I enjoy doing it. I do think that no matter how many hits a songwriter has, most of what they write is not that great. The jewels are few and far between."

Lest Womack be accused of sloughing off after putting out another disc, far from it. "I'm already back in the studio doing different things. I want to make a swing record. A jazz record. I have a Christmas record coming out Oct. 29."

The holiday disc, "A Season for Romance," is comprised almost all of standards such as "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." A few songs also are included, including a duet with Harry Connick, someone she long wanted to record with.

Womack opted to do a Christmas disc "because I love that kind of music," she says, adding that was the "only way" her label, MCA Nashville, would go along with the idea. "Christmas is an excuse for me to play in that world."

After that, it seems like Womack is going to be hanging home in Nashville for awhile, though not taking it easy. "Yeah, it can (be too much)," says Womack of touring. "Probably away away from home (she has two daughters) more than anything."

"You can bet I'll be working. I'll be in the studio. I'll be writing. There are so many projects I want to work in, I want to get my head in as an artist. I won't be touring and playing the fairs and doing that kind of thing. I'll be working on my own. I want to be home more with the girls. Creatively speaking or professionally speaking, it's time for me to take some inventory and figure out where I want to go. I have so many things in my life that I want to accomplish both personally and professionally. Now is the perfect time for me to pursue some things and figure out what I want to do."

One hears Womack dealing with an internal battle. "I do want to enjoy a certain amount of success. I want to tour and headline. It's always a struggle. It's always a little give and take on my part."

"I understand the struggle, but I also have to know that when I finish my career, I have to look back on my career and say I did something I was proud of."

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