This Is Me You're Talking To

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"This Is Me You're Talking To"
Single by Trisha Yearwood
from the album Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
B-side "Bad for Me" (Danielle Peck)[1]
Released January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 4:00
Label Big Machine
Writer(s) Tommy Lee James
Karyn Rochelle
Producer(s) Garth Fundis
Trisha Yearwood singles chronology
"Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love"
(2007)
"This Is Me You're Talking To"
(2008)
"Another Try"
(w/Josh Turner)
(2008)

"This Is Me You're Talking To" is a song written by Tommy Lee James and Karyn Rochelle, and recorded by American country music artist Trisha Yearwood. It was released in January 2008 as the second single from her tenth studio album Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love.

Background[edit]

The song was written by Tommy Lee James and Karyn Rochelle in a single day. "This Is Me You're Talking To" is a ballad about two lovers who encounter one another after a breakup, and the series of emotions that the chance encounter generates. "You're smilin' that smile you get when you're nervous, like you don't quite know what to do / But this is me you're talking to," Yearwood sings in the first verse.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The single received positive reviews from most critics. Allmusic called the song, "devastatingly beautiful" and called the emotion from Yearwood's voice, "downright real."[3] Billboard.com reviewed the song and called it "nothing but a modern classic."[2] The 9513 reviewed "This Is Me You're Talking To" in 2008, giving the song high praise, calling it, "Trisha Yearwood’s best vocal performance on a single recording to date," and describing it as "absolutely breathtaking."[4]

Music video[edit]

The video of "This is Me You're Talking To" explains how a woman runs into her former lover, and handling the emotion from the encounter. Yearwood's lover is played by actor, John Corbett.[5] The video made its debut on CMT's Top 20 Countdown on March 6, 2008, along with Sugarland's, Little Big Town's, and Jake Owen's "Life in a Northern Town" and Joe Nichols' "It Ain't No Crime."[6] The music video begins with Yearwood recording her song, "This Is Me You're Talking To" in a large room, which is acting as a recording studio. In the studio, there is a large television screen hanging behind Yearwood, showing two lovers, which helps explain the meaning of the song. Conducting the song's instruments is Yearwood's lover in the video. Throughout the video their releationship relates to the central idea of the song and throughout the video there are conversations between them back and forth. Later scenes of them go on to show Yearwood and Corbett hugging and departing from each other, as well as Yearwood singing by the piano which Corbett is playing.

Chart performance[edit]

"This is Me You're Talking To" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It peaked at number 25 on the chart in May 2008, but spent nearly two months between number 25 and number 26 before it became recurrent. Its chart run overlapped with "Another Try", Yearwood's duet with Josh Turner, which was a Top 20 hit.

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 196. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Evans Price, Deborah. "Trisha Yearwood - "This is Me You're Talking To"". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-05-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love album review". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Trisha Yearwood - “This is Me You’re Talking To”". The 9513. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  5. ^ "CMT Gives You the Scoop Behind Trisha's New Video". Trisha Yearwood.com. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Top 20 Countdown - About the Episode"". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Trisha Yearwood Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trisha Yearwood.