She Is His Only Need – Wynonna Judd
…he’d heard about something she wanted…
Late 80s, somewhere in Acton rehearsal rooms, fellow actor Kenneth Cranham gives me a C90 cassette he’d made up of his favourite country songs. He’d caught me listening to Dwight Yoakum and Lyle Lovett on an NME “New Country” giveaway cassette and asked if I knew Nanci Griffith ? Patti Loveless? The Judds ? This was the 3rd job I’d done with Ken in a short space of time, and we’d become a gang, and subsequently he’d turned me onto so much great music, mainly country. He is an addictive aficionado like me. I loved The Judds on first listen. A mother and daughter team, strong clean harmonies on beautiful songs like Drops Of Water or Why Not Me ? But this is the daughter Wynonna going solo in 1992 – the year we got married – with a Dave Loggins song. Her mother Naomi had been diagnosed with Hepatitus C, and retired. It’s a special song, a typical country vignette of a two lives intertwined in two verses and a chorus – a simple story of love and family. It touches me deeply : there’s a moment in the second verse which goes from her first pregnancy to old age in a few graceful lines – brilliant lyrics can do this :
Bonnie worked until she couldn’t tie her apron
Then stayed at home and had the first of two children
And my, how the time did fly
The babies grew up and moved away
Left ’em sitting on the front porch rocking
And Billy watching Bonnie’s hair turn gray
but really you have to hear the melody to get the emotional heft of those few lines. The chorus is the thing though :
He’d heard about something she wanted – and it just had to be found.
This has become a catchphrase for Jenny and I, we use it as a joke, as a tactic, as a sincere explanation. It’s woven into our relationship just like this song. Sometimes the little things are the things. It’s a song about love.