Today’s song is ‘Beautiful Crazy’. This is a song that was recorded by the American country & western singer, Luke Combs. Luke wrote the song with Wyatt Durrette and Robert Williford. It was a bonus track to his 2017 debut album ‘This One’s for You’. The song had gained viral attention prior to its release as a single.
On the ‘Hot Country Songs Chart’ dated May 19th, 2018, ‘Beautiful Crazy’ debuted at Number 6; Combs's highest debut on that chart. The song had not been released as a single at the time but achieved this position through downloads and streaming. The song reached the top 10 at Country Airplay and it reached Number 1 on the ‘Country Airplay Chart’ on March 2nd, 2019, making Combs the first artist to send their first five singles to the Number 1 spot since the inception of ‘Nielson Sound Scan’ in January 1990. It also reached Number 1 on the ‘Hot Country Songs Chart’, becoming his second Number 1 on that chart. It also reached Number 1 on ‘Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales’. The song's seven-week reign atop ‘Country Airplay’ was the longest since the chart's inception in 2012 and the longest for a song based strictly off airplay since 2004. It also stayed on the ‘Hot Country Songs Chart’ for 11 weeks.
The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 22nd, 2018, Platinum on January 28th, 2019, and double Platinum on March 18th, 2019.
This song reminds me of a young woman in her early twenties whose name I cannot recall, and whom I never met. She lived in Toronto and was the girlfriend of a mate. The young woman had been dating a friend of mine with whom I would occasionally attend ice hockey matches and football venues. While the young woman wasn’t said to be particularly stunning in the ‘looks department’, there was an unmistakeable wildness, unpredictability, and beauty about her; the things she did, how she did them, and in what circumstances.
My friend told me once that they’d be out at a restaurant and when it came to giving the waiter a tip at the end of the evening, he tipped the standard 10 percent of the bill on the plate, As soon as his lady friend saw the amount given by her boyfriend, the young woman seized his wallet and replaced the $5 tip with a $10 tip. My friend would say that though he loved being with his girlfriend, he added that sometimes he felt embarrassed.
He told me that his girlfriend wasn’t the type of woman that could be described as being extravagant or high maintenance. He said she wasn't the type who only wanted the finest and the best out of life. He said that she would be prepared to do things that didn’t cost them a cent and she was reportedly the kindest and least selfish woman he’d ever known. "She frightens me when I don't know what she will do next, Bill" he once told me.
When they were watching the American Football at a game and their side made a superb run and all the crowd yelled, jumped and cheered, so would she. However, her excitement would tend to boil over. A simple up and down jump would never be enough for her. She would apparently become so excited and animated that she would seize the cap of the man at the side of her and swap it with her girly pompom headgear, or grab the stranger’s huge carton of popcorn out of his hand and throw it up in the air like confetti at a wedding. She would then smile at the astonished spectator next to her and instead of complaining, his heart would melt, and his objection would be instantly stifled as he also threw his popcorn alongside her.
My friend once told me that he loved being with his girlfriend but added, “In many ways, Bill, it’s never knowing what she’ll do next. She’s crazy and nuts but I love her beautiful and strange ways”.
I never once met his girlfriend and would occasionally wonder when he talked about her if she really existed. He said she was a nurse who worked long shifts. I was never quite sure whether he was frightened that I wouldn’t approve of her crazy behavioral outbursts if we ever met, or perhaps he recognised her as being too ‘beautifully crazy’ to risk introducing her to an Irish romantic like me who’d always been instantly attracted to bizarre beauties?
I once read somewhere that one could never be old and wise unless they’d first been young and crazy. I can honestly say that I never once thought about my friend or his ‘beautiful crazy’ girlfriend again since returning from Canada in 1964 to sometime towards the end of December 2019, when I first heard today’s song on the Country & Western Annual Awards from America; a time span of 55 years. I wonder if they ever married.
Love and peace Bill xxx