You and me both, Rhonda


It is a rare occurrence to find a perfectly written song. But the other day, I found one – a complete gem. Start-to-finish, this song is flawless.

“I Gotta Start Somewhere,” written by Jerry Salley and Lisa Shaffer, and recorded by Rhonda Vincent, could not be a better song. In any way. There is not a single thing anyone could do to improve on the writing, the arrangement, the rendering, the recording. Every word, every chord, every harmony, every sound is as good as it could possibly be.

In fact, if I happened to have the gift of writing perfect songs, I would have wanted to write this one. The first time I heard it, I couldn’t help but cry. It slays me. It currently kicks off my Heartbreak Breakdown playlist on my iTunes – an ever-evolving, ever-shifting collection that I have ready to play at any point. Because who wants to scramble for an appropriate soundtrack in the fog of walking the Via Negativa?

I would post the video here for you to see, except for the fact that I think the song is more perfect without a visual provided. I listened to it probably 16 times in a row before pulling up the video on YouTube, and while there is nothing wrong with it per se, I liked my own pictures better.

So this is my ringing endorsement. Go to iTunes and get Rhonda Vincent’s “I Gotta Start Somewhere.”

I know. You’re welcome.



  1. Case and Los on May 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    p.s. did you look at ACL Festival link? You seem like someone who NEEDS to be at that festival:)

  2. MJ on May 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    I love it when you blog.

    It’s like I got an email I was waiting for…


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