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TT ~ The Possum

Not sure how I missed mentioning country legend Mr. George Jones with my last Track Tuesday post. But this time, it is all for him. George Jones died last week at the age of 81. His life was full of music, drinking, wives and riding lawn mowers – pretty much the usual country stuff.

For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer. Country music scholar Bil C. Malone writes, “For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved.” Waylon Jennings, in his song “It’s Alright” expressed a common jealousy when he said, “If we all could sound like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones.”

He was married four times but his most well-known marriage was to country singer Tammy Wynette. But one of his best drinking stories happened when he was married to his second wife, Shirley Corley. Jones recalled Shirley making it physically impossible for him to travel to Beaumont, located 8 miles away, and buy liquor. Because Jones would not walk that far, she would hide the keys to each of their cars they owned before leaving. She did not, however, hide the keys to the lawn mower. Jones recollects being upset at not being able to find any keys before looking out the window and at a light that shone over their property. He then described his thoughts, saying: “There, gleaming in the glow, was that ten-horsepower rotary engine under a seat. A key glistening in the ignition. I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour. It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did.

Poking fun at his past, three country music videos would feature Jones arriving on a riding lawn mower. The first was Hank Williams Jr’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” in 1984 while the second was Vince Gill’s One More Lst Chance” in 1993. Gill’s song mentioned the mower with the lines “She might have took my car keys, but she forgot about my old John Deere” At the end of Gill’s video, he is leaving the golf course on a John Deere tractor and greets Jones with “Hey, possum.” Jones, arriving at the golf course driving a John Deere riding lawn mower with a set of golf clubs mounted behind him, replies to Gill “Hey, sweet pea.” The third is John Rich’s “Country Done Come to Town” and shows George mowing grass on the rooftop on a zero turn mower.

Sounds like quite the life! George Jones had several top hits over the years, “White Lightning”, “She Still Thinks I Care”, “Golden Ring” (with Tammy Wynette) and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” (with Barbara Mandrell). But my favorite is the video below – “He Stoppped Loving Her Today”. This video shows a much younger George Jones from 1980.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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TT ~ Hello Darling

Driving home tonight this song was stuck in my head. How it got there I am not sure because I haven’t thought about it (nor heard it) in ages. But it reminds me of my parents. They played a lot of Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Anne Murray. Which makes me remember settling in on Friday and Saturday nights to watch our favorite TV shows: Hee Haw, The Barbara Mandrell Show, Donny and Marie, The Dukes of Hazard, Dallas! And I wasn’t supposed to watch Fantasy Island but when we had a babysitter I always convinced her it was okay and then the show would always completely freak me out and I would lie awake for hours.

What great memories. And how about the music that I was listening to? The usual 70s and 80s awesomeness: J Geils Band, Xanadu, Pac Man Fever, Shawn Cassidy … really so much more. It deserves its own blog post. So I will! One of these days…

But for now. Let me leave you with the song I kept singing over and over (mostly in my head) on my 30 min drive home.

Mr. Conway Twitty, Hello Darling. Cmon, you know it. You’re already saying it in your head – “Hello darling. Nice to see you. It’s been a looooooooong time.”  Aww yeah. You know it. Now sing along. PS – Loving the sideburns! Just like my dad used to have … before the Mike Brady perm.


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What you have all been waiting for! A new Track Tuesday, it has been awhile.

Y’all, I truly love this song! Winners of this year’s CMA award for best vocal group and best single of the year goes to Little Big Town’s song “Pontoon”. Who knows how much I would have liked country music if I had not moved to Oklahoma when I was ten years old from Madison, WI but I sure do love it.

The video is fun and someone please tell me the exact definition of “motorboatin”. 😉 Watching it makes me want to call up a group of friends, rent a pontoon and hang out on it for the summer on Lake Keystone. Maybe Lake Powell in UT, that is one gorgeous place right there. Let’s go! Who’s with me?


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TT ~ The Goose Is Getting Fat

As soon as I began to write I realized it was Tuesday! And this could be a Track Tuesday post. Music ROCKS.

Do you know this Christmas song? I remember learning it when I was a wee child at Sangre Ridge elementary school in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I start singing it around the first of December and randomly throughout the year. If you know me personally, you know that is completely normal for me.

It is usually sung as a round (and I LOVE singing in rounds!!! I don’t know why… is that a mental problem?) It is also I believe an English (meaning UK) Christmas song and maybe I am just getting back to my roots – my Grandpa on my father’s side was almost, if not, 100% English. So, listen up, have a spot of tea if you wish and sing along! And if you have some friends by you, then by George, strike up that round.

Oh, and if any of you can tell me what a ha’penny is, I would really ‘preciate it. Cheers!

Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat

Please put a penny in the old man’s hat

If you haven’t got a penny then a ha’penny will do

If you haven’t got a ha’penny then GOD BLESS YOU

And if I don’t make it back online before Sunday, a blessed Christmas to each and every one of you.