Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Nostalgia and Music Break

Cultural Offering has a great piece on how the music of George Jones grows on you.

That's true. I tell that to my children and they flee.

But one day they'll know the allure of a voice that combines cigarette smoke, cold beer, and juke box. The first George Jones song I heard was "Big Harlan Taylor," which was written by Roger Miller. One memorable verse:

I wanted revenge and waylaid for Big Harlan
Then I got to wonderin' what good would it do
If a rubber-tired, new shiny car's her ambition
Then she can just have it and Big Harlan too.

The entire thing is like an Erskine Caldwell novel.

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