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Music: Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton

It was a special day in Milford, Pennsylvania, back in August 16, 1980, when Vanessa Carlton was born. Her dad was a pilot and her mother a pianist and school music teacher. Vanessa has two younger siblings: Gwen and Edmund. Her ancestry is half Russian Jewish and half Scandinavian and Native American.

Vanessa first fell in love with music when she started playing the piano at age of three. ‘It was never a question of whether music was going to be a part of my life,’ Vanessa says. ‘It was just a matter of how big.’ Later in her childhood she became interested in ballet and attended the School of American Ballet in New York City. By graduation she realized that music was what she really wanted to pursue, so she quit ballet in favor of studying at Columbia University and performing in clubs and bars throughout Manhattan.

Once she released the hit single “A Thousand Miles,” Carlton describes the experience as surreal. When she heard her song on the radio or saw her music video, it felt like she was listening to another person. Further adding to the surreal experience was meeting and instantly connecting with rock legend Stevie Nicks, who eventually became Carlton’s friend and mentor. ‘I couldn’t believe when she walked through the door,’ Vanessa says. ‘I feel like I’ve known her in some past life.’ Vanessa toured with Stevie in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and they have a duet on “Heroes and Thieves.”

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The thing I like so much about Vanessa Carlton is that she writes what she wants to write, plays what she feels she must play. She’s innovative and unique. Her music and words pull me in and hold me in a bubble of magic. For today’s post I chose the song Annie, a song about a little girl. It brings me to tears each time I hear it. Please listen with me to

~ ANNIE ~ by Vanessa Carlton

(You’ll have to watch it on YouTube, embedding won’t work)

Watch her as she flew
Deep within the blue
A day out from the county I.C.U.
There’s nothing you can do
Someone gently says to you
The doctor says that now it won’t be long
I try and live up to the moment and I hope that I don’t blow it
And what is it in me that she hears?
It’s just a song she likes
Little arms around my neck
And a dying girl whispers in my ear

Tell me now can you feel it?
I’ve been keeping company with a ghost
She comes to me like a piece of summer
She comes to me on the days when I need it most

Well summer dies and nothing lasts forever
And you’re so fine, the way you stand up to your fears
The summer dies and it’s just moments we have together
I’d give my bones for you to get a few more years
For you and I, oh Annie
More to life than trying to survive, oh Annie

My boyfriend took pictures of me as I held you
I travel alone and the loneliness brings me to tears
The summer dies and it’s just moments we have together
I’d give my bones for you to get a few more years
For you and I, oh Annie
More to life than trying to survive, oh Annie.

Stronger than the hands that hold you
You sing along to the song on the radio
If I drank too much, then I am reckless
Just this once would you forgive this

So hold on, the days gone by
Tell me now can you feel it?

I can’t keep this all to myself
She’s elegant and she means it, no

Years for you and I, oh Annie
More to life than trying to survive, oh Annie
Watch her as she flew deep within the blue
Watch her as she slips away from you
I’ll keep fingers crossed always for you

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