Dear Michelle Branch,
I've been a huge fan of your music back when I was 13-years-old and there I was, tuning in to my favourite local radio station late at night and that's when 'Everywhere' would come on and start playing at every single hour.
Because of you, I was quite motivated to pick up some guitar lessons. Funny how I could remember that you were on TRL (I'd rush back home just to watch that on MTV) many years back and there you were teaching the viewers the chords for your song, 'Everywhere'. What an inspiration. Really.
Live Performance of 'Everywhere.'
Because of you, I sacrificed my lunch money for the whole week just so that I could purchase your sophomore album, 'Hotel Paper', which was pretty kick-ass by the way. And that CD was always in my discman, which accompanied me to school every single day. It was worth every single dollar because sure lunch would have gotten me through the day but your music got me through the hardest phases of my life.
You were there for me when I was crying myself to sleep because of some stupid problems in school.
You were there for me when I flunked my maths test.
You were there for me whenever I was lonely and needed someone to accompany me in between lessons.
You were there for me when I was going through all of the teen angst.
You were there for me when I lost a few friends.
Because you get me, Michelle. You really do.
Your music connected with me in so many levels that I could not describe because every single song of yours holds a special memory in my heart.
You know how it is.. when you listen to a song and all of a sudden you are transported back to that moment in time when you first heard that song.. or when you had it on repeat because you were going through something hard in life?I had 'All You Wanted' on repeat mode when I was ostracized from my group of friends in school. You see right through me. Because all I ever wanted was somebody who cares.
Live Performance of 'All You Wanted'
I shared 'I'll Always Be Right There' with a best friend of mine, who at that point of time was leaving Singapore for a few weeks to go for an overseas holiday. It's a great song about friendship. Because I wanted him to know that he could depend on me no matter the distance.
Still holds a special memory in my heart.
When I was extremely stressed with school projects and assignments, you just told me to 'Breathe' and everything will be alright. I don't know how you did it, but you did it.
Live Performance of 'Breathe'.
And if you've ever wondered where I got the inspiration for the blog name FUNKY-FLAIR, it's actually from your song called 'Washing Machine' that as ironic as it may sound.. is not a song about Washing Machines but about a crush of yours that you wish to tell your feelings to. But I'd assume that you knew that considering it is your song after all. "Your eyes they look so bright, a Funky-Flair in my appetite..."
I love the lyrics in this song. Brilliant songwriter.
Then you had another grammy-nominated country duo, The Wreckers, who released a country album, which I very much loved too but couldn't buy because it was darn expensive but my lovely sister bought it for me nevertheless.
You got married, had kids and are now working your third studio album. Honestly, I can't wait to hear new material from you (considering that it will be more of a pop-rock record as opposed to a Country record) and how it'd be a part of my life over the next few years just like how your previous albums were. Never stop making music, please.
P.s You make female guitarists extremely sexy.