Lacy Younger - Still Wild
Nightingale, CSO Contributing Journalist
the time Lacy Younger began writing songs on the piano at age
five, she already had two years of musical experience behind her. “I
started taking requests at age three. My Grandma, Goldie would
come grab me out of bed, stand me on the coffee table in my footie
pajamas and insist I belt out ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’
for a house full of martini clad party guests,” she said.
According to Younger, music was
always in her house because of her mother’s beautiful voice and
frequent use of the piano. On the way home from the beach one
day when she was 15, Younger met some guys who wanted her to sing
for their band. The rest was history; she began playing in
local clubs about a year later.
Her debut album, Still Wild,
includes thirteen tracks which deal with broken hearts and life
lessons. Since she knows everyone experiences a rocky road
when it comes to love, her wish is to inspire others. “If
sharing my music encourages others in any way, I’m a happy
girl,” she said on her website.
All but two songs were written
by Younger herself. The title track was written by Bonnie
Hayes and “Here’s To You” was created by Dennis Robbins,
Dave Loggins and John Scott Sherrill.
While I had the title track
“Still Wild,” playing on my stereo, my fifteen year old
brother walked into my room. He looked at me for a minute and
said “this song is crazed.” Thinking about what he
said, I listened closely and realized that Younger’s vocals go
from soft and calm to “crazed” within just a few seconds.
That minute one realizes their
relationship has gone downhill is a moment that nobody wants to
experience, but we all do because that’s life. “This
Ain’t the First Time,” is about a girl who knows she’s about
to be left alone, but because; “this ain’t the first time
for someone to leave; won’t be the last time my little heart
“Here’s To You” is written
with the idea in mind that she will meet the man of her dreams
some day. She doesn’t ever want to tell anyone she loves
them unless it’s the right person. Referring to her future
love interest, she says “I know mine’s out there somewhere, I
just don’t know where he is.”
Yet another song about
relationship endings comes with great lyrics and I like the idea
behind it. “But I Miss You,” one of my favorites, will
definitely grab your attention with its strong vocals and
percussion. Younger’s passion will persuade you that she
means every word. After being in a relationship for so long
it is hard to get out of it when it goes wrong. She
recognizes the comfort of a familiar relationship when she misses
him but not the things he did.
To go along with “But I Miss
You,” “Livin’ On Memories” gives the message that half of
her wants to forget about him, but the other part desires to see
him again. Everything about the melody of the song is
convincing; starting with the tempo. It really gives that
sad, daydreaming impression.
“Didn’t I” leaves Younger
wondering what she did wrong, trying to figure out why the
relationship didn’t work out. The ending explodes with
emotion just before “This Time” comes to a screeching halt for
a short time. As with most of her songs, Younger’s voice
becomes loud for a moment to make her feelings known just before
she calms down again.
Overall I believe Younger has
the right idea about music. She knows none of our lives are
the same, yet we still have similar experiences in our every day
lives, especially with love. “We’ve all been there,”
she says, “I just write about it.”
Younger’s tracks can be
previewed on her myspace page or her main website.
Available April 7, 2007.