This announcement came as a pleasant and unexpected surprise. New music! I first heard Erin McCarley’s music in 2009 when Love, Save the Empty was released. I bought the CD at F.Y.E. (whoa!), played the heck out of it, and it became part of the soundtrack to my junior and senior years of high school.
In 2012, McCarley released the iTunes-exclusive My Stadium Electric, a departure from the stripped down songs of her debut album. My Stadium Electric didn’t quite match Love, Save the Empty for me, but it’s definitely not a bad album and it deserved much more promotion from the record label than it received. More on that in this 2012 Huffington Post story.
With my curiosity piqued by the announcement; I wondered if McCarley new music would sound closer to her debut or sophomore album, or if it would be something entirely different. This new single is in the same vein of My Stadium Electric. It’s upbeat, catchy, and the motivational lyrics have been replaying in my head quite a bit for the past 24 hours. “I Can Be Somebody” is the pep talk I didn’t realize I needed.
“Busted heart and it’s pouring rain / I feel the world turning for a change / I’m ready, I’m ready for a better life / And the waves running through the sky / I will raise my voice and cry / Oh, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready!”
Lyrics like these make me feel that McCarley is not only embracing a new direction after some setbacks, but that things are only getting bigger and better from here. It’s a healthy, empowering attitude, and I love it.
I’m ready to hear more.