“God knows I’ve tried to be good.”

“God Knows I’ve Tried” by Kelsy Karter | All right, Monday – first day of the second busiest week of my year. (The busiest is next week, but you know how things tend to blend together.) As a bit of a warning, I’ll go on a slight autopilot in the coming days, and complete autopilot next week. We’ll still post stuff – that’s how crazy I can be. But with this song in the background, I don’t think I’d mind that much. Kelsy Karter is born in New Zealand and raised in Los Angeles, and “God Knows I’ve Tried” is her new single – and “rousing” puts it way too simply. This one is powerful and heartfelt and it does not lean too hard on you. And to her, it’s personal, a song about fighting to be herself in a world that asks her not to be – and yet, she manages to make that feel universal and unintrusive. That can be a difficult balance to make, and she pulls it off. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

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