Eric has done it again.
With the 6th release from his upcoming… let’s call it a project, “Doing Life With Me” feels like one of the most personal to date.
Of course, the other purple track, “Through My Ray-Bans,” was written with the fans of Route 91 Harvest in mind (although it seems to have taken on new meaning during COVID), but this one seems to be about someone special.
Written by Eric himself, along with longtime collaborators Casey Beathard and Jeffrey Steele, “Doing Life With Me” reads like a “thank you” to those that have been with him from the beginning, through the good times and the bad… primarily, his wife.
“I don’t pray much anymore
For this old troubadour’s
Happiness, wishes, wants, and needs
End of my ropes, hopes and dreams
Spend my living giving thanks
For the ships I never sank
Every big, every little in the every day things
The notes and the words and the songs I sing
To the ones doing life with me.”
So what is going on with this album?
At this point, we know it’s not just an album. How do we know that? Because while accepting his Entertainer of the Year award last month, Eric specifically said he didn’t want to call it an album.
Is it a double album? Triple album? Some kind of documentary/video component? We know Eric recorded a ton of songs this past January, we know we’re going to here them all, and we know, as of right now, they come in one of three colors: Red, Blue, and Purple.
“Stick That In Your Country Song” and “Crazyland” both had red cover art, “Bad Mother Trucker” and “Hell Of A View” had blue cover art, the recently released “Through My Ray-Bans” came with purple cover art (confusing the hell out of everybody) and now this new one titled “Doing Life With Me” will join in on team purple.
And of course, red and blue make purple…