I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

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by Lee Ann Womack
     
 

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I Hope You Dance abundantly illustrates why other country artists speak about Lee Ann Womack in hushed tones. Assaying lyrical, eloquent tales of the heart by top-notch writers, Womack puts on a display of vocalizing so sensitive and nuanced that its dimensions can be grasped only through repeated listening. Ronnie Bowman's dobro-drenched tale of unending…  See more details below

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I Hope You Dance abundantly illustrates why other country artists speak about Lee Ann Womack in hushed tones. Assaying lyrical, eloquent tales of the heart by top-notch writers, Womack puts on a display of vocalizing so sensitive and nuanced that its dimensions can be grasped only through repeated listening. Ronnie Bowman's dobro-drenched tale of unending heartbreak, "The Healing Kind," sets the stage for this momentous journey, then Womack immediately raises the ante with the title track, a heartfelt advisory to embrace the poetry in life. With a basic band, a discreet string section, and Womack's awe-inspiring voice, "I Hope You Dance" has the feel of a classic. But that's only the beginning. Womack outdoes herself on almost every track. Check out the barely contained devastation she summons on Bobbie Cryner's deliberate tale of a divorced mom in "Stronger than I Am" and her scorched-earth take on Rodney Crowell's "Ashes By Now." Throw in a little Appalachian soul courtesy of the ubiquitous Julie and Buddy Miller's thundering denouncement of a duplicitous lover in "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger," and you'll be wondering if there's any type of song this artist cannot make her own. Lee Ann Womack is as fine an interpretive singer as country has to offer, and her story's only beginning.

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All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
After a platinum-selling self-titled debut and a gold follow-up with Some Things I Know, Lee Ann Womack just keeps getting better. Billboard calls it "a career record." I Hope You Dance is one of the finest albums to hit country music post Shania Twain. Womack possesses such a sweet, melodious voice and its distinctiveness graces every one of the 12 tracks like they were chosen just for her vocals. But it's the album's title track, a dedication to Womack's daughters (and featuring the Sons of the Desert) that will leave you feeling swept away. (Her daughters, Aubrie and Anna Lise, who were ages 9 and 1 [respectively] at the time, appear in the video with her.) "Don't let some hardened heart leave you bitter/When you come close to selling out, reconsider/Give the heavens above more than a passing glance/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance." Listeners will undoubtedly dance to I Hope You Dance.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008817009926
catalogNumber:
170099

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Ann Womack   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken   Percussion
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Richard Bennett   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
David Campbell   Conductor
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Marabeth Jordan   Vocals
Liana Manis   Vocal Harmony
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Vocals
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Lisa Silver   Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White   Conductor,Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Lisa Cochran   Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Vocals
Jon Randall   Vocal Harmony
Mark Fain   Bass
Jeff Roach   Synthesizer
Jason Sellers   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Robert Charles   Engineer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Producer
Mike McCarthy   Engineer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Jody Yesville   Engineer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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I Hope You Dance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard 'I Hope You Dance' one morning in the car and immediately fell in love with the song. The way Lee Ann sings the lyrics shows her true feelings and emotions. This song reminds me of my son in college and my desire for him to take calculated risks in life and pursue opportunities, however ensure he makes these decisions wisely. I especially love the words 'I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean...and when you have the chance to sit it out...I hope you dance'. This is truly a song sung from the heart and one that deserves a Country Music Award !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have two teenaged sons and I don't generally listen to 'country' music. My sons are both very much in to urban rap and other music stemming from our african american culture including what is termed, soul music. The first time I heard this song I accidentally landed on the channel and picked up the pretty melody eventually finding myself focusing on the words she sang and thinking immediately of my boys. After the first listen, I actually programmed the C&W station into my car stereo and found myself going there often in hopes of hearing this song again. I made the dedication of it to my boys and had them listen to it with me. I watched my sons really listen to those words just as I had. When the song was over, they were both quiet for a moment giving no indication that they had suffered through any sort of annoyance by being forced to listen. Instead, the younger one looked at me and said, 'that was nice Mom', while the older one nodded his head in agreement. The fact that the younger one gave, what for him is, a glowing endorsement speaks volumes in itself! I hope to purchase this song as a single CD if it ever comes out as one! It's absolutely wonderful to listen to, and has the ability to impact the soul of two teenaged boys of african-american descent!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this song on my way home from work last week. It was my last day before a badly needed vacation. It actually took my voice from me. I always listen to Country western music , and sing along. I know most of the music. This particular song made me think of my sons and daughter, but especially my younger boy who has been in the middle of Desert Storm, and many other storms in his life. I wanted to buy it and send ot to him right away. My congratulations to the writer(s) of this song, to LeeAnn for choosing to sing it, and any producers who made it possible. I will buy this and send it to my son, whether it's available as a single or not. LeeeAnn is a wonderful performer, and I'd love to have the whole CD anyway. Thanks for the words that have eluded my thoughts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lee Ann Womack has got a spectacular voice. Her song 'I Hope You Dance' is a wonderful song full of meaning and it shows her love for her two daughters. I can't put into words how great the CD is. It's a must have!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sing country music in a country cover band. Something I don't always enjoy because of the lack of depth in the music I sing. This song moves me to tears when I hear it, making it almost impossible to sing on stage. There is nothing like a song that you can relate to in such a way that you want to stop everything you are doing to hear the words. I could not wait to play this for my 6 year old daughter....and will be sure to play it for her again everytime I think she will listen.....it's a message that speaks volumes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This artist does not quit, and hasn't since she started!! From ALittle Past Little Rock,to I Hope You Dance she has truly caught the attention of music lovers everywhere.There hasn't been a voice this sweet and melodic since Reba. I Hope You Dance will move you. Even now as I sit here writing they're playing this song. My children come to mind, because I want these things for mine. This song will bring you to realize that you do too.!!arkie
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really do like it
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I hear this song I think about the people I wish the best for. Especially my best friend Laurie. In the time that I have known her she has had to face a lot of the harsher things that life has to deal out. This song is the hope that I have for her. That she will not settle for second best, that no matter how hard life is, there is always hope. I hope for her, and for all......Diane
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I heard I Hope You Dance on the radio I was so touched. The first line of the song made me think of my eight month old daughter and how everything is so new and wonderous to her. This song sums up everything I hope for my daughter in her life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the song ''I hope you dance'' I just had to get it. It is the most beautiful song of the millenium! I was just going to get the single and be gone with it but I decided, if she has this pretty of a song on there she must have more. BOY!! was I right!! This cd is the greatest cd! If you are a country lover than you would want to get this cd. I was very skeptic about getting it at first because I hate buying cds that I havn't heard yet so I just came onto bn.com and listened to the first couple songs and I fell in love. So if you are just a tad bit skeptic listen to them and trust me you will want this cd just as much as I did! It is a GREAT cd. 2 Thumbs up to Leann Womack!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard Lee Ann Womack's hit, ''I Hope You Dance,'' I fell in love with it. Even the background music was wonderfully written. There are many times when I walk out of my cubical of a dorm room, frustrated and upset. It is during days like this that I find myself actually walking to my car to listen to Lee Ann Womack's voice. ''I Hope You Dance'' is a song that I will never grow tired of. I guess you could say that the song soothes me. Her video is even more touching to listen to and watch. With her graceful voice and moving words, Lee Ann Womack makes me feel like a stronger person. I guess you could say that I seem to make a connection with the true meaning of the lyrics. There have been several situations in my life that I look back on differently having listened to ''I Hope You Dance.'' I enjoy songs that enhance my love for life and the challenges it brings upon me. This song makes you want to take more chances in life, and ''...never take one single breath for granted...'' I now look at life in a different way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''I Hope You Dance'' is the best song on the album. As all the other reviews have said it is a tear jerker. It makes me think about my children. I gave the album a 3 star because the rest of the album faulters. The other songs sound very nice and Leann's voice is very beautiful. However the songs that accompany ''I Hope You Dance'' are about losing a love, being strong when your lover leaves, and how strong your child is and your not because your love has left you. I usually only listen to ''I Hope You Dance'' because the other songs are such sad songs. After such uplifing song I don't exspect to be let down so hard. I wish the mix of songs on the album was done better. I should have bought a single of ''I Hope You Dance''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the song for the fist time two days ago. I just went through a bitter divorce and a horrible custody fight for my girls and won both. Yet my faith in the basic goodness and decency of human nature was totally destroyed. I just wanted to go away and hide. Wen I heard the song, I stopped the housework I was doing and just stood still in front of the radio, letting the words flow through me and bathe all the hurt away. Those words renewed and repleish my soul. I began to dance to the music. When my daughters came home, they were amazed to see me singing and smiling. From now on, I will chose to dance. I have written the lyrics down and pasted them next to my bed. From now on, this lady is gonna DANCE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LEE ANN WOMACK IS MY NEW FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST I ABSOLUTLY LOVE HER SONG I HOPE YOU DANCE AND ASHES BY NOW IS AWESOME TOO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hope you Dance is an unlikley song to move a big tough hockey player like myself but it does. I saw Lee Ann in concert recently and found her to be very easy to listen to. I have also fallen in love with this song. Thanks Lee Ann for bringing out my softer side. Mike Peluso of the St. Louis Blues
Guest More than 1 year ago
Track for track, this is the best CD around. Lee Ann Womack is truley a gifted vocalist with pure traditional country values. We need more like her to keep country music going strong!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lee Ann Womack has really hit the mark with this album! ''I Hope You Dance'' is one of those songs that just makes you feel good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This song makes me cry. For my daughters upcoming second birthday, I plan on giving her her own copy plus an unwrapped copy with a letter from me regarding how much I love her. I plan on playing it every year at her birthday and giving her the sealed copy with my letter when she turns 18. Thanks LeeAnn for such a beautiful song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard this song, I filled up with tears. My daughter just turned 1 and I thought of her immediately. Each time I've heard the song since I've filled up with tears. This is without a doubt the most beautifully written and sung song I have ever heard. I just sent away for the CD and plan to dedicate it to my daughter Madison when she is old enough to understand the meaning behind it. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!! Well done.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard ''I Hope You Dance'', I through to myself, this is the song I will dedicate to my daughter. Because in this life and times, you have to be strong, wise and brave. But most of all, you have to have integrity. I hope she'll dance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard ''I hope you dance'' I had just had a very nasty divorce. This song helped me to realize that there is life out there to be had. The lyrics ''don't let some helpin' heart leave you bitter'' became my anthem. Now I ususally listen to rock and alternative music, but this song crosses all boundries. In fact this became the song that a very special man and I considered ours. I think this song shows the depth of the human spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing that is lacking in todays world is to cultivate the sense of wonder. The sense of wonder is to appreciate that which is beautiful and grandiose and not necessarily practical. Mountains, oceans and love are not necessarily what we consider as pratical. Many times, we sacrifice the appreciation of these wonderful things because of our job, our lifestyle, or for just plain practical reason. The song reminds us how we felt about these things when we were small and still had innocence. For me, this song is like a song about the return of innocence and survival of hope. Finaly, peole also thing that this song is about a parent to their children. When I first heard this song, I thought of my ex-girlfriend. Though we broke up and aren't in love anymore, we still love and care for each other. I can hear her say these words to me, wishing me love and happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard this song in the car by myself driving to work, 6 months pregnant with a son on the way and a 3 year old daughter at home. I can't tell you how this song overwhelmed me. I cried through the entire thing and said immediately that this song would be my legacy to my children and my husband. I love every word and am intending to get copies and give them to my children with a letter to open when they turn 18. Everyone should hear these words and live by them - they are so very powerful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes life throws horrendous curve balls our way. We lose sight of the important essence of life itself when our lives are in turmoil. Two days ago, ''I Hope You Dance'', was playing on the local country station. The words struck a deep cord in my soul that made me realize - no matter what strifes I encounter; no matter what events are taking place at any particular time in my life; no matter how evil seems to be winning over love; no matter what the volatile and horrific conditions that plague the world - take time to dance. Live. Reflect. Remember in the scheme of life's ebb and flow - I am a minute creature who will marvel at the wonders that surround me. Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hope you dance your way to the grammys and dance out of there with several golden men.