She wrote or cowrote all 10 tunes, and the theme is where need begins and ends. Several songs serve as a declaration of independence, including “I Do It for Me,” a tale of liberation and occasional libation.
“Don't You Tell Me What to Do” is a chip-kicker Shawhan sings with her fist, and the power ballad “You Can't Hurt Me Now” peaks with a dandy kiss-off line: “You never even knew me, and you really missed out.” Best of all is Shawhan's sassy rendering of “Daddy’s Got a Briefcase," a business story.
John Macy produced, and there's variety to arrangements elevated by his pedal steel, as well as horns, piano and bluesy organ. Above it all, Shawhan flies high.