Archive for January, 2009

Speaking of Hag covers…(UPDATED)

January 27, 2009

I don’t know what prompted me to go looking for it again, but I remember a while back I was raising hell in this space about a GREAT cover of Merle Haggard’s “The Running Kind” because I heard it on the radio but the deejays didn’t say who it was. Someone mentioned Radney Foster, and while his cover of the song is really good that wasn’t the one I heard. Well, I went looking on iTunes this morning, and I do believe I might have found it. Apparently an Austin-based Dallas-based artist named Darren Kozelsky recorded it on his album titled Let Your Mind Fly. If you go to his website, click on “Music” and then “Launch the Jukebox” you can hear it and all the other songs on the album. What I’ve heard of the rest of it is pretty good as well. I might have to pony up for this one.
UPDATE: As you’ll see I got a very nice comment from Todd Purifoy, who is Mr. Kozelsky’s manager. I am not surprised he’s out of Dallas, as it was a Dallas station (95.9 the Ranch) that I heard the song on. And it’s a small world indeed, as I am in Orange every day. I’ll be checking out his record soon. Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Purifoy, and give my warm regards and best wishes to Mr. Kozelsky.

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Another all-around great tune, no matter who did it…

January 27, 2009

Now playing at The Roadhouse, Sirius Ch. 62: the Kendalls, “Thank God For the Radio,” a No. 1 hit for them from 1984. Believe it or not, this is the only other song I’ve heard from them than “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away,” their monster hit from seven years earlier. The first time I ever heard that song, though, it wasn’t the original version, but Alan Jackson’s cover from his 1994 cd Who I Am. I was surprised to find Alan’s was a cover; one day back in Texarkana not quite 12 years ago, I was listening and heard the Kendalls’ original and was like, “Hey, I KNOW that song!” (on 103.9 not long after they switched to classic country from Christian.) I like both recordings of it, though if I had to pick a favorite it’d probably have to be Alan’s. His recording would have made a great radio single, I think. I can’t help but think it would have been another No. 1, but “Song For The Life” — which, IIRC, was another cover tune, I know it was penned by Rodney Crowell — still did well for him, going to No. 6 in the spring of ’95.
Oh yeah, 11:24 am, at Willie’s Place, Sirius Ch. 64: Waylon Jennings, “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean,” from 1973, if I remember corectly. Been a while since I’ve heard the original, but I have Waylon’s Greatest Hits around here somewhere with that one on it…
11:41 am: George Strait, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” the title track from his landmark 1984 album. I think that would probably have to be my second favorite GS tune after “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together.” I love all of Strait’s stuff, but I think his ’80s records produced with Jimmy Bowen were the best, although he’s recorded music throughout his career that runs neck-and-neck with those records. The examples that come to mind right offhand are 1996’s Blue Clear Sky and It Just Comes Natural from ’06. Those two albums as a whole are my personal favorites from Strait’s post-Bowen catalog, with Carrying Your Love With Me and One Step At A Time running really close behind.

WHAT post-racial future?

January 27, 2009

Headline on Clarence Page’s column in this morning’s Houston Chronicle:

Stumbling blocks en route to post-racial future

And I am thinking, um, WHAT post-racial future? If the inaugural benediction is any kind of indication, race will be playing just as big of a part in American society and politics as it always has. Probably even more so, because there are going to be all sorts of people expecting all sorts of payback and bitching loud enough to wake the dead if they don’t get it. I don’t know where some people have gotten the idea that Caucasians have the monopoly on racism. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so politically incorrect to suggest otherwise, despite the rantings of people like Spike Lee. Still though, I don’t know how supposedly learned individuals like Clarence Page can delude themselves like they do. Old-fashioned racism is a resilient beast that knows victims of all colors and we’re not doing ourselves any favors by ignoring it just because it comes from those who are supposedly immune to it.

The things you hear on this contraption…

January 27, 2009

Now playing on Outlaw Country, Sirius Ch. 63: Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Honky Tonk Night Time Man”…the very same song written and recorded by the legendary MERLE HAGGARD. Now, I knew the line between those two was not that crooked and that Skynyrd themselves recorded a lot of stuff that has a country sound to it. And I don’t have any of their albums besides the greatest hits — if I did I’d have probably have heard this song long before this morning — but still, I never would have guessed I’d hear a song from them that was written or recorded by a country artist from their time. I gotta admit that’s pretty damn cool.

A view from the other side…

January 26, 2009

…of the looking glass:

I was faculty adviser of Amnesty International on my campus for 17 years and was involved in the civil rights movement in teh 1960s, along with other things I will not list. I have a high regard for human rights.

Faculty adviser for who? Amnesty International? Amnesty International, as in one of the groups behind the UN push for global disarmament? So, to recap: Lefty professor, um, professes respect for human rights, yet was an advisor to one of the biggest supporters of stripping from humans the right of effective self-defense, without which all the other rights are meaningless. Only in the halls of academia could one find such twisted reasoning.

The long and short of it all…

January 26, 2009


Seen here.

What do you want to bet they still don’t get taught the right lessons…

January 26, 2009

about the Holocaust, even if this bill is passed?

More than 60 years ago, the world collectively vowed that it would never forget the horrors of the Holocaust to ensure such atrocities were never repeated. The world, as history has proven, has a short memory.
Just since 1945, we have seen genocides in places like Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. The conflict in the Congo appears likely to be the next.
And yet, we at Holocaust Museum Houston and other similar institutions around the state are continually surprised by how little today’s students in Texas are aware of the Holocaust or more recent contemporary genocides and how little they understand of their individual responsibility to make our world a better place.
With the introduction of Senate Bill 482 in the 81st regular session of the Texas Legislature, we have an opportunity to see that our children are educated appropriately so that they are equipped to make responsible, moral decisions when confronted with such atrocities in the future.

As Sara, a student at KIPP Academy Middle School wrote after visiting our Museum, “I hope that all of us continue to open our eyes to the world — to pay attention to the examples of discrimination and suffering. We must have the critical thinking to ask: Who is being treated unfairly? Then, we must have the empathy to care. Finally, we must have the courage to act.”

The KIPP Academy student is correct, of course; but still, I would bet money that the so-called “courage to act” will only take most people as far as holding candlelit vigils and encouraging “awareness,” as opposed to advocating for real solutions such as arming the oppressed peoples of the world and teaching them to fight back. You know how the dialogue goes:
“We must DO something!”
“Ok. How about sending these people a few ten thousands of these, along with proper quantities of ammunition and people to train them in the rifles’ use?”
“Oh, no no no! We must STOP the cycle of violence!”
And the cycle of violence continues, with the handwringers still blissfully unaware that the cycle of violence will ultimately only be stopped when the oppressors get copper-jacketed lead between their eyes.

"…Well, our golden jet is airborne, Flight 50 cuts a path across the morning sky…"

January 26, 2009

Oh, yes, SIR! Now playing on Rowdy Yates’ Country Gold show: Willie Nelson, “Bloody Mary Morning,” from 1978’s Willie And Family Live. Believe it or not, the very first time I heard this song was on this very show 9 or 10 years ago, looong before the syndication days, back when they called it Solid Gold Sunday and it was just a local show on Houston’s KILT. Wow, the memories that brings back. I heard so much good stuff there I’d never heard before I left Northeast Texas. I was telling my girlfriend yesterday, that move to Bryan-College Station probably ruined my music tastes in the opinion of some folks. That came after she got this look on her face as I was singing along with Merle Haggard’s “Cherokee Maiden” playing on (I think) the Outlaw Country channel on Sirius. Not a good look, because she didn’t like it AT ALL, but as far as I can tell that’s really the only thing she and I don’t share is the same tastes in music. But that’s ok, because she does make me very happy. I see me with her for a very, very long time…perhaps even until I take my last breaths in this life. Only time will tell there, but it’s looking so very good.

Random observations from Saturday night Sirius…

January 25, 2009

1. You learn something new every day, it seems. I never knew that Ricky Skaggs did not do the original “Crying My Heart Out Over You,” which he took to No. 1 in 1982. I was not surprised, however, that it was done by one of Ricky’s favorite bluegrass duos, Flatt & Scruggs. And of course the original is good too, even if it was different.
2. Billy Joe Shaver does a pretty damn good job of covering Merle Haggard’s “Ramblin’ Fever.” I think it’d be interesting to hear him put his own stamp on more Hag tunes. For some reason I think him putting his own stamp on “Workin’ Man Blues” and other songs like that would be really cool.
Oh, yes, SIR, old-school Ray Price! “Now I’ve got heartaches by the number, troubles by the score…every day you love me less, each day I love you more…”
Mmm-hmmm, I love me some Hank Thompson, oh YEAH! 11:06 pm: “I didn’t know God made honky-tonk angels, I might have known you’d never make a wife…”
Awww, yeah, Buck Owens, 11:37 pm, “We’ll make a scene about a man that’s sad and lonely, and beggin’ down upon his bended knee…I’ll play the part, but I won’t need rehearsin’, all I gotta do is, act naturally…”
Yeah, I’ll have another shot of Lefty, 12:28 am: “If you’ve got the money, honey, I’ve got the tiiiime…”
12:48 am, my favorite Nitty Gritty Dirt Band record! HELL YEAH! “Now I’m beatin’ down a ole blacktop road, sleepin’ in a sack, livin’ in my memories all in vain…’cause those city lights ain’t all that bright, compared to what it’s like, to see lightning bugs go dancin’ in the rain….”

PS: If you’re wondering what I’m doing here, I’m waiting on my baby to get home from work. 🙂

Just a note…

January 24, 2009

Blogging will be light if at all the next couple of days. I have company. Draw your own conclusions. 😉