When songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin penned The House That Built Me, they probably didn’t realize the powerful emotions it would evoke in so many people, including Miranda Lambert herself. The singer says that when she first heard the song, she cried. There was a time in Miranda’s childhood when her family was homeless. Though they were able to stay with family, they yearned for a place of their own. When they finally obtained a run down home that was on the verge of being demolished, their hope began to bloom again. Over time and with much hard work, that house did become a home and one where many memories, that in fact, “built” Miranda Lambert, were made.
The song brings to mind such memories for many listeners. Here in St. Louis, you may have been raised in a little brick home in Clayton or downtown St. Louis where small businessmen ran markets and household items were still delivered to your door. Or perhaps your memories were made in a ranch style home in Ballwin, Hazelwood, Florissant or St. Charles and you remember watching the sparse neighborhoods begin to fill with commerce and neighbors. Maybe the house that built you isn’t even there anymore. If it was in Berkeley or Bridgeton where much of St. Louis Lambert Airport bought out property, that could very well be the case for you.
Regardless of where you grew up, or even how you grew up, there are always some memories that stand out. Whether it be growth chart marks on the wall, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, the flap of an old screen door, the dust of a gravel driveway under your bicycle tires, a tire swing that creaked against a big oak tree or any number of recollections, Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me has a way of making you long for home, or at least for the comforting parts that helped to make you who you are today.
Though the songwriters may not have known they had a Grammy-worthy song on their hands, any song that taps into a listener’s heart the way this song does, almost always finds success on the music charts. The House That Built Me is no exception. Having spent four weeks at number one on the country billboard chart, after it’s quick rise to that spot, the song has also been nominated for several awards.
It has already won Video of the Year and Song of the Year at the 44th Annual CMA Awards which aired in November and now it’s up for not only Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song but also Song of the Year at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Though The House That Built Me was originally sent to Miranda Lambert’s fiance and fellow country singer, Blake Shelton, it was Miranda who felt the powerful connection to the song and ultimately carried it to the top of the charts. Can it carry her and the songwriters to the top of the Grammy honors as well? We’ll find out tomorrow night when the Grammys air on St. Louis CBS station KMOV at 7:00 p.m. central.
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