WANT TO GO?
"Mountain Stage" with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin
Also Aoife O'Donovan, Marti Jones & Don Dixon and Ari Hest
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance $30, at the door $35
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org.
NOTE: Carpenter and Colvin also play Saturday in Lewisburg. Visit www.carnegiehallwv.org for details.CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Shawn Colvin feels lucky with her song "Sunny Came Home."
The 1997 hit helped Colvin sell a lot of records (the album went platinum) and win two Grammy awards. She said she doesn't resent having to play it.
"I really love that song," she said. "And I'm lucky it isn't some novelty, weird thing that I did. There's nothing wrong with it," said the singer/songwriter who appears Saturday at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg and Sunday on "Mountain Stage" at the Clay Center.
"Sunny Came Home" is a fair representation of the kind of musical storytelling that's a big part of Colvin's body of work.
Still, how the song came about is odd. It wasn't based on some story she'd heard, wasn't inspired by true-life events or even meant intentionally as a particular comment about the human condition.
"The song came from a couple of places," Colvin explained. "John Leventhal had written the music and I had a melody, but I didn't know lyrically what to make of it. I didn't know what to do."
Colvin said it was the last song they planned to put on the record, which at the time didn't have a name -- just a collection of songs and some cover art.
"It was a painting of a friend of mine named Julie Speed. It was an image of a woman with a lit match."
The songwriter figured she could just write about the woman in the picture, who appeared to be starting a fire. The phrase in the song, "It's time for a few small repairs" (which also gave the album its title), was inspired by another of Speed's paintings.