Jimmy Wayne – “I Will”
Songwriters: Rory Lee Feek and Dave Pahanish
While Jimmy Wayne’s Valory Music Co. label mate, Jewel, is testing the transition from pop to country, it seems Wayne is headed the opposite way. After topping the charts for multiple weeks with the less-than-stellar title track from Do You Believe Me Now, he’s ready to hit us with his second single, “I Will.” This time, however, any semblance of actual country music is completely lost. In fact, it more closely resembles the Backstreet Boys than Merle Haggard or even Garth Brooks. The only thing country about this track is that it was mastered by a guy named Hank Williams.
Looking at the credits will actually give you a good idea of what went wrong:
Jimmy Wayne – Acoustic Guitar; Joe West – B3, Piano, Rhodes, Synth, Electric Guitar, Programming, Percussion; Dave Pahanish – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin; Tom Bukovac – Electric Guitar; John Richardson – Drums; Mark Hill – Bass; Scotty Sanders – Steel; Billy Kirsch – Piano; Charlie Judge – Strings; Joe West, Charlie Judge – String Arrangement; Joe West, Dave Pahanish, Jeanne Richardson – Background Vocals
Can anyone say a cacophony of sound? And where’s the actual artist? It was produced by Joe West and Dave Pahanish and their names appear in the credits for this one song six and four times, respectively. They basically said, “Hey Jimmy, sing this,” an his response was “Okay.” After all, this is the guy that dropped his britches at the airport because he thought the security personnel told him to.
The steel is nothing more than a superfluous addition, other than the six second intro when it’s joined by a piano where they actually complement each other quite nicely. Then the cymbal comes crashing in and marks the end of anything worthwhile. After Wayne sings the first chorus, a weird reverberation enters the mix and becomes a distraction throughout the song. As if it couldn’t get any worse, following the second chorus, Wayne enters hyper-excitable video game mode, which leads into full power ballad mode, and then the denouement with Wayne finally telling the woman he’s been going schizo on that he loves her.
The lyric itself hardly offers anything and comes across as too melodramatic in the process. The chorus consists of “I will, I will give up my life for you if you want it/Give you my heart, you already own it/I’ll do anything, I’ll go anywhere, it’s true/I will, I will, I will.” Perhaps it’s just a case of unfortunate phrasing, but to give up your life just because someone else wants is an immature way to profess love for someone. The woman has been given a ticket to walk all over the poor guy and he doesn’t have a pair to do anything about it. How about this “heavy” handed metaphor: “I don’t want to weigh you down like an anchor.”
Any station attempting to pass this off as country music should be ashamed.
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