I just came from Jo Dee Messina’s web site, where I listened to her new single, “That’s God.” The single will be released on Jan. 19, and is from her upcoming album titled “Unmistakable.” The album will be released this spring on Curb Records. It’s the first album for Jo Dee in five years.
You can listen to the whole song on Jo Dee’s web site, and there is also a message from Jo Dee, where she talks about the writing of the song. She said she wrote the song after having an epiphany, while taking her son on a walk at a tour stop in Canada.
“My son, Noah, was five months old at the time, and we were walking down this path and could see this snow-capped mountain that was enormous, but you felt like you could just reach out and touch it. I looked at my son and that mountain and said, ‘That’s God.’”
I believe Jo Dee and I think a lot alike. I have always thought, “how can anyone look at a tree and doubt the existence of God?” I still believe that. With Jo Dee, it was a snow-capped mountain, but the believing that it wouldn’t be there without God’s help, is a belief I have, too – be it Jo Dee’s mountain, or my tree.
I’ve always been a Jo Dee Messina fan, but I’ve never had the opportunity to see her in concert. I can only imagine it would be an awesome show.
She has some dates up on her web page, and those of out in Louisiana can see her on Jan. 16, at Isle of Capri Casino. On Feb. 12, she will be at Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, she will be at Honeywell Center in Wabash, Ind. She has a show at Ameristar Casino Bottleneck Blues Bar in St. Charles, Mo., on March 11. She has a lot of other dates on her schedule, and you can read it all here. I couldn’t help but notice that she will be in my neck of the woods on March 26, when she performs at Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, Tenn.
Here’s one of my favorite Jo Dee songs, written by one of my favorite songwriters, Phil Vassar – it’s “Bye Bye.”
Time to run. Tonight is Wednesday, It is also my “this is the time to answer e-mail” night. So to those of you I owe mail to, I’ll talk to you tonight – to the rest of you … Drop me a line when you get a chance!