Note #153 Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

 

I am beginning an experiment that investigates the phenomenon of Women Running Changes to Cross the Gender Sound Barrier.  Whether real or imagined?  Some cats say things like you play like a man!  Well I am going to find out if there is any truth in those statements and where the facts are that will support or demystify those beliefs.  I am a neuroscientist by academic standards.  I studied pain mechanism which I will get into later in this series.

I want to begin with the sensibilities in See, Taste, Hearing, Smell and Touch (the “Senses”).

Both sexes’ senses consist of a combination of stimulation and the way the brain processes information.  There are market differences in the way women and men perceive sound, smells and sight.  There are less differences between women and men when it comes to taste and touch, however women have a greater acuity overall in the sensory arena.

There is no specific order, I will highlight their backgrounds and environment to find what makes them who they are in the Jazz World today.  Feel free to share any info or suggestions that will help this experiment.  Peace Out!

Check out the lyrics…

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere

Any place is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
But me myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car
I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money

We won’t have to drive too far
Just across the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

You see my old man’s got a problem
He live with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
His body’s too young to look like his

My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way

So remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
We go cruising entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job
And I work in the market as a checkout girl

I know things will get better
You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted
We’ll move out of the shelter
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs

So remember we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids

I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me’d find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

So remember when we were driving, driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way..

* The photos presented in this clip have mostly been taken by me personally with a Nikon SLR and the remainder were purchased via shutter stock online.. Thank U..*

 

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Tracy Chapman

She learned how to play the guitar as a child and began writing her own material shortly thereafter. She graduated high school from Wooster school in Danbury, Connecticut in 1982. She then entered Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where she majored in African studies and anthropology. During this time, Tracy also began performing her songs at local venues and recorded demos at WMFO (Tufts campus radio station).

Becoming Famous:

Brian Koppelman, a fellow student at Tufts, recommended Tracy to his father, Charles Koppelman. Incidentally, Charles is the president of SBK publishing. Charles then introduced Tracy to Elliot Roberts who became her manager. In 1987, Tracy signed with Elektra Records through the help of Charles and Elliot. In 1987 she recorded her debut album under Elektra, with David Kershenbaum producing. The album was released on April 5, 1988, it received 4 Grammys including Best New Artist. On August 27, 1988, “Fast Car“, one of the songs in her debut album, climbed to #6.