Trisha Yearwood's 'This Is Me You're Talking To' is an instant classic!

If, as I suspect, there’s a rule somewhere in the music business that artists can’t make classic heartbreak ballads the way they used to, then Trisha Yearwood is the exception. (Sorry, Fergie, your use of "Uno cards" in "Big Girls Don’t Cry" makes you ineligible for such kudos.) 

Yearwood’s latest, "This Is Me You’re Talking To" is the musical equivalent of getting hit in the torso with a bag of oranges. Your friends and coworkers won’t be able to see the bruises, but listen to it once, and you’ll be hurting for the rest of the day. And I mean that as the highest possible praise.

Every word from Yearwood’s mouth falls like another teardrop into a glass of gin: "Me, the one who really knows you/Me, the one whose heart you’ve broken/Me, the one who wants to hope/That you might be missing me." If "This Is Me…" doesn’t achieve the crossover success of Yearwood’s ubiquitous "How Do I Live," I say we take it to the streets and protest against the evils of corporate consolidation in the radio business. Who’s with me?

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  • GOB

    Sorry. Don’t hear a massive cross-over hit here. I wanted to like it, I really did. Maybe a more polished studio version would help. Probably not, though. The lyrics are great… the melody, not so much. “How Do I Live” was huge because people could sing along to the soaring chorus. This song doesn’t have a hook.

  • Elizabeth

    Michael – I’m in! She is so underappreciated as are a lot of the ‘older’ folks in music – any genre.
    I actually got chills last night while I was watching “Hope Floats” on CMT when I realized that both she and Garth Brooks both sang “To Make You Feel My Love” in that movie – gave me the chills.

  • tvgeek

    Wow. You are right. This is such an amazing song it is so incredibly moving, you can really feel all the emotion behind the words. . If it is not a crossover, hit then its because the general public has no taste for quality entertainment of any kind.

  • dawn

    Yes. Great song by a great singer. Which means it probably won’t get played on the radio.

  • Sara

    Sign me up—I’ve been a huge fan of hers for years, and would love to see her achieve same the kind of crossover success as Shania Twain or Faith Hill.

  • Welles

    Loved her early work, she seemed so connected to the lyrics, hungry and you could hear the ache in her voice. Much like her hubby, there is such a strong disconnect from the lyrics and what comes out of her mouth that it takes me to snooze town and drops me off in Slumber Complex.
    Now, LeAnn Rimes has been doing some AMAZING work that is being ignored … that’s someone who deserves greater radio play.
    And my work here is done.

  • Maggs

    (Stands up from desk and begins a slow clap that progressively gets faster and faster)…Bravo Mrs. Yearwood, Bravo.

  • Linda

    I so agree that this should be played on radio. Trisha is so talented, and it is so easy to get into her songs. This one is a classic!

  • JoeC

    Haven’t heard the new song, but come on, Michael, her version of How Do I Live wasn’t the crossover hit, LeAnn Rimes had the big hit with it. Turn in your Barry Manilow Greatest hits as your penalty.

  • mscisluv

    I’m pretty sure that How Do I Live was LeAnn Rimes…

  • Katy

    Lovely. As heartbreaking as Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (which I need to download immediately).

  • ambriel

    I’m not sure if the A/C just kicked on in my office or not, but I really have chills…awesome!

  • Elizabeth

    mscisluv – they both released the song… at about the same time.

  • Nicole R. Steeves

    I would argue that the woefully awkward lyric “I’m gonna miss you like a child misses his blanket” is the GONG! moment for that Fergie song.

  • Anne

    I second Nicole. An awful lyric.

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