Even If It Breaks Your Heart-Eli Young Band (Republic/Nashville)

Now you know how generally I just don’t like songs about being a musician, the musician’s life and all that. What would we calculate, .01% of all our listeners ever played music on a stage?? I don’t much favor songs that can’t relate and resonate with a sizeable portion of our listenership. Then, of course, there are the occasional releases like this one; songs that transcend the limitations of self-reference. What this has going for it is isn’t about being a musician but rather is about the dream of playing music, something that just about everybody has a little bit of. It’s very well written, the arrangement is excellent and the production superb.