Best Laid Plans is the first song to feature from James Blunt in the music library. James Blunt like fellow English pop artist Robbie Williams was born in the month of February 1974 – the 22nd to be exact and 9 days after Robbie and 37 days after yours truly. What’s this got to go do with the price of eggs I hear you ask. Well, because I’m their senior they would have to look up to me if we ever met and that’s that.
I always had a penchant for James because he’s an ex military officer like me, and he has made a very successful career post -military like me; he as a singer/songwriter and me as a blogger whose website sometimes scrape 50 views on any given day.
According to wikipedia: Blunt was a reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and served under NATO in the Kosovo War in 1999…… During Blunt’s Kosovo assignment he had brought along his guitar, strapped to the outside of his tank, and would sometimes perform for locals and troops….
While still in the army Blunt would write songs during his time off. A backing vocalist and songwriting collaborator suggested he contact Elton John’s manager, Todd Interland, with whom she used to share a house. Interland told HitQuarters that he listened to Blunt’s demo while driving home and, after hearing the track “Goodbye My Lover”, pulled over and called the mobile number written on the CD to set up a meeting.
Shortly after leaving the army he was signed to EMI music publishers. A record contract remained elusive, with recording label executives pointing to his posh speaking voice as a barrier in class-divided Britain…. Linda Perry, who was just launching her own Custard Records label in early 2003, heard Blunt’s promotional tape when visiting London, and soon after heard him perform live at the South by Southwest Music Festival. She made an offer to him the same night, and within a few days he signed a recording contract with her. A month later, he travelled to Los Angeles to meet producer Tom Rothrock.
Today’s song Best Laid Plans is from James third album Some Kind of Trouble which despite mixed critical reviews sold more than 1 million copies. Unlike some other songs from Blunt, I haven’t grown tired of Best Laid Plans. He describes a relationship which despite one’s best efforts, the other doesn’t reciprocate or show genuine interest. I had that happen to me recently and when I finally understood that it’s me they couldn’t warm to, I felt disheartened. I was very emotionally invested, but no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t get her to feel anything anything for me. So this song seems to depict something which I can relate to.
You don’t like it in the shadows
You won’t let me shine the light
I would wash away your troubles
But it seems
The more that I hold on
The more that you let go
And I know, you better let somebody love you
Or find yourself, on your own
Tell me why all the best laid plans
Fall apart in your hands
And my good intentions never end,
The way I meant