Riser House Records
Release Date: May 20th 2022
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- My Left Hand
There is a time in your life when you discover an artist for the first time. That, in my opinion, is a very special time. You’ve been sleeping on ‘so and so’ for whoever knows how long, and for one reason to another you’ve decided to take a chance on the artist because of one song you heard on the radio that resonated with you the other day. It’s a song that gets you going, gets you motivated and inspired, and all pumped up to conquer anything. And so, you smile, and dive deep into the discography of this ‘newish’ artist (or many ‘newish’ artists!) only to discover that some have more albums released than you realise. At some point you think ‘it might’ve been better if I listened to this artist at the time of them releasing their albums, than all at once right now, because I feel slightly overwhelmed!’… but let me tell you this- I reckon a lot of fans of any artist would want to be in your position- to re-listen to hits and classics of this artist, for the first time. Listening to anything for the first time is special- but even more so when you know that the artist has a bright future ahead of them; or has had an illustrious and respected career. And this leads me into semi-established Canadian country artist Meghan Patrick. She released her third full length album Heart On My Glass last year, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and am appreciative that right now I am listening to her for the first time.
A Canadian snowboarder turned country music singer; Meghan Patrick is well known in Canada. However, she is less well known in the U.S., and as is the case with any musician wanting to conquer the U.S.; Meghan had to start from ground zero. Yet from her already released music and lyrics, let’s just say that Meghan has a head start- she already has had plenty of heart-warming, and musically and lyrically impressive songs released to the public, and if she stays true and authentic to her previous style… it’s almost guaranteed that U.S. listeners will love her. As for me in Australia, I first was introduced to Meghan through a Spotify playlist from Jon that I was listening to at work while I was cleaning up the café. Songs were on shuffle and a number of them were from Meghan… and the rest is history as I dived into a discography of one of the most vulnerable, emotional, and honest artists in country music. We reviewed Heart On My Glass and we loved it very much… and so, here we are now in 2022- Meghan has released her latest single “My Left Hand”, and since our hopes are high for this song, let’s dive into this melody, and then we can backtrack through the rest of her career!
‘My Left Hand’ has really taken on a life of its own, and it all started on TikTok. Most of my fans are in the same phase of life that I’m in, getting engaged and settling down, so it really resonated with them from the very beginning — not to mention, after so many weddings were postponed during the height of the pandemic, this song became extra special for those couples who are finally getting the chance to walk down the aisle this year, myself included. What I’m most excited for with this release is the chance to show my growth as a songwriter and really dive into a totally different side of me. Everyone knows I love a good break-up song or drinking anthem, but it’s time to let fans see the more vulnerable Meghan, the one who’s in love and ready to say, ‘I do.’
With “My Left Hand” being a powerful, guitar led mid-tempo ballad, Meghan fervently and skilfully relays her thoughts and emotions surrounding her upcoming marriage to fellow country singer Mitchell Tenpenny. As Meghan confidently declares that the best thing about her left hand is her ring on it, we are encouraged to place our relationships with our spouses or girl/boyfriends above any material possession. Meghan encourages us all to make time for our relationships, and to be thankful for the relationships we do have in our lives.
Meghan Patrick isn’t a household name, but Heart On My Glass as well as “My Left Hand”, is sure to get her noticed by listeners and critics alike. Though I didn’t resonate with this track specifically (because I haven’t been in a relationship before!), the fact still remains that she’s a force to be reckoned with vocally in the country industry; and she can provide healing and comfort to many people. Objectively, “My Left Hand” is pretty encouraging and inspiring, and Meghan is only getting started. And so even if you don’t resonate with much of this song like myself, I’d say still listen. Listen to this song and tell me you feel pride and happiness and you don’t have a smile on your face! Meghan is taking the world by storm- so jump on the bandwagon pronto!
RIYL: Carrie Underwood, Lady A, Maren Morris, Tenille Arts, Tenille Townes, Jennifer Nettles, Jimmie Allen, Keith Urban, Kylie Morgan