Lyrics from 'One by One,' written by Connie Converse, will stay with you We asked NPR Music's classical producer Tom Huizenga: Was there one lyric from 2022 that stayed with you all year? He chose a line from the song "One by One," recorded by Julia Bullock.

Lyrics from 'One by One,' written by Connie Converse, will stay with you

Lyrics from 'One by One,' written by Connie Converse, will stay with you

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We asked NPR Music's classical producer Tom Huizenga: Was there one lyric from 2022 that stayed with you all year? He chose a line from the song "One by One," recorded by Julia Bullock.

A MART├ŹNEZ, HOST:

Sometimes when you hear a song, it can move you in unexpected ways. We're asking some of the folks who report on music here at NPR which set of lyrics from the past year stayed with you?

TOM HUIZENGA, BYLINE: I'm Tom Huizenga from NPR Music. This is a deceptive little song way off the radar called "One By One." And it was written by Connie Converse. The backstory is pretty crazy. Connie Converse was a singer-songwriter who had a brief flicker of recognition in the 1950s. But she never cut an album. And in 1974, at age 50, she disappeared. And she was never heard from again. But it appears on soprano Julia Bullock's recent album.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONE BY ONE")

JULIA BULLOCK: (Singing) We go walking in the dark.

HUIZENGA: This little song describes a couple walking out at night, but they're not together. And the lines go, it's not as lovers go - two by two, to and fro - but it's one by one. And then something really amazing happens at the end of the song. It shifts from dark to light, from this disconnection to the possibility of hope in these lines that go, if I had your hand in mine, I could shine. I could shine like the morning sun.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONE BY ONE")

BULLOCK: (Singing) If I had your hand in mine, I could shine. I could shine.

HUIZENGA: It makes me think of our very precious and yet really precarious connections that we have to each other as human beings, as friends, as colleagues and lovers. And, you know, one of the disconnections that I felt myself over the last couple of years was that I lost my dad last year to COVID. And I couldn't be with him because there was a lockdown where he lived. So I lost that physical connection with him when he passed. And a lot of other people have experienced the same thing or just other disconnections from COVID, from politics, from whatever. And this song, you know, for me is just a little pain - or love song to all the disconnected souls out there who are yearning for love and human contact at a time where it's difficult sometimes.

(SOUNDBITE OF JULIA BULLOCK SONG, "ONE BY ONE")

MART├ŹNEZ: The song is "One By One," written by Connie Converse, sung by Julia Bullock. Tom Huizenga is NPR Music's classical producer.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONE BY ONE")

BULLOCK: (Singing) We go walking in the dark. We go walking...

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