The first single released from McAnally’s self-produced album is the title track, which he co-wrote and recorded with Drake White. The song came about after McAnally and White saw each other at a local breakfast restaurant. After White asked if McAnally was enjoying himself these days, McAnally responded, “Yeah, every day. Every day is once in a lifetime,” which sparked the idea for the track.
The album opener “Alive and in Between” was inspired by an art project McAnally participated in, where novels are given to songwriters and visual artists, who then create a song or piece of art based on the novel. McAnally studied fellow Mississippi native Harrison Scott Key’s memoir The World’s Largest Man.
“The author came from the same part of the country as me and it woke up a bunch of stuff about my childhood—what it was like hanging with my dad, going to the drugstore, talking about football, politics, and religion,” he says. “That opened up that part of my brain that I haven’t been down into for a while.”
The album Once In A Lifetime is available for pre-order here.
Once in a Lifetime Track Listing:
Alive and In Between (Mac McAnally)
Almost All Good (Mac McAnally)
Once in a Lifetime feat. Drake White (Drake White and Mac McAnally)
First Sign of Trouble (Mac McAnally)
That’s Why They Call It Falling (Mac McAnally)
Changing Channels (Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally)
Just Right (Will Kimbrough, Mac McAnally)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Paul McCartney and John Lennon)
Good Guys Win (Roger Guth, Mac McAnally)
Just Like It Matters (Mac McAnally)
Brand New Broken Heart (Mac McAnally)
The Better Part of Living (Mac McAnally)
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