With “Everybody’s Talkin”, the Fred Neil song, Tracy takes on a darker version musically, using minor chords and a slower tempo to give the song a different perception. “I Wish You Well” and “Cold,” both about loss, are beautifully packaged in Ted O'Connell’s heartbreaking guitar licks that deepen emotional images of the lyrics.
Could I Be is Tracy’s 3rd album, and she has learned much about recording and producing her work. Of recording, she says,“I love recording. I love coming up with parts and challenging myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do,” she goes on, “There are huge differences between all three recordings.”
Her second album, which has yet to be released, titled It Is What It Is (2005), “was about freedom for me. I was at a point in my life when I had all the time in the world. I lived for that recording,” she reminisces. “I learned a lot about recording with the first album and made some mistakes that I tried to learn from the second time around. I did most of the engineering on the recording and ended up doing all of the guitar work on It Is What It Is. As a result of some life circumstances I ended up not releasing it, although I hope to do so later this year. Performance-wise, that recording is much more representative of what I do in a live setting.”
I would have liked and to this day I find it hard to listen to it without being critical. On the second disc I had the luxury of time and discipline. I knew what I wanted to hear and worked at it until I got it right.”
“A long time ago I really wanted to “make it” in the music business. But I realized that the price that I would have to pay to “make it” wasn’t something I was willing to pay. Once, I decided to give up being a musician a couple of years after my first CD came out. My mother told me to be true to myself, to always keep my music for me. It belongs to me, something I choose to share with the world. This is what feeds my soul and that brings me joy”
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