Nashua, NH's Wyn Doran has released her 2022 submission for this year's NPR Tiny Desk contest in the form of a new song, "How the West Was Won." At this point the song is just Doran and her acoustic guitar. It's a lovely song that is much more complicated than your average singer/songwriter acoustic song tends to be. As with any song from this artist, the focus is her voice and songwriting. We always tend to joke about all of her songs being depressing, and I'm not going to say it isn't. The first verse ends with the lyric "Are we ever gonna find it? (We ain't ever gonna find it)." But... there is something hopeful about this one. Doran lets a little ray of light in throughout "How the West Was Won," which could just be my imagination, but I like to think that I hear it.
You can watch the video for "How the West Was Won" below. For more on Wyn Doran, check out the artist's website.