Today's Willie Nelson's 80th birthday--and you know, he is a wise old fellow. In addition to writing some great songs, playing the HECK out of his beat-up guitar, and even acting in movies, Willie's said some pretty profound things.
Here are five of my favorites:
1. "My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round."
2. "Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play."
3. "You know why divorces are so expensive? They're worth it."
4. “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
5. “If you’re not crazy there’s something wrong with you."
And while we're talking about Willie, did you see this?
Jonathan and Kitty never really understood this song. A face without eyes we understand, but how are you eyes without a face?! The song made it all the way to number 4. We also learned the song is inspired by a 1960's French film with the same name. I guess we better hit up Netflix and watch it.
ATO Records is excited to bring you our new 2013 Spring Sampler. The sampler features 15 tracks by classic ATO artists, along with an exciting collection of new additions to our roster. Share with your family & friends, and enjoy the free tunes.
Here is the tracks list:
1. Caitlin Rose - I Was Cruel
2. Alabama Shakes - I Found You
3. Jim James - A New Life
4. Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris - Take Me Home, Country Roads
5. Johnny Fritz - Ain't it Your Birthday?
6. Kopecky Family Band - Heartbeat
7. Bobby Long - Devil Moon
8. The Bronx - Youth Wasted
9. Allen Stone - Celebrate Tonight
10. Jovanotti - Sulla Frontiera
11. Old Crow Medicine Show - Ain't it Enough
12. SOJA - Jah is Listening Now (Acoustic)
13. Stars - The Theory Of Relativity
14. Trey Anastasio - Pigtail
15. RayLand Baxter - Dreamin'
To begin the download, go to this link. Once you are on that website, click "Free Download" and submit your email address to get a download code that will be sent to your email.
Rummage sale fanatics will be flocking to the Great River Road on the Mississippi River this coming weekend for 100 miles of garage sales.
No, not 100 garage sales. 100 miles of them in 15 different towns on the river, in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
I've been to some pretty major townwide sales before, in places like Cottage Grove and Evansville, but this sounds like the mother lode. I think it would be fun to bring a group and have a scavenger hunt--we could try to see how many large inflatable crayons we could find, or perhaps the crappiest piece of garbage for the highest price, or the item you can't believe somebody would try to sell.
I was at a yard sale once and I noticed that some one was trying to sell one of those little plastic doohickeys that often go in delivery pizza to separate the pizza from the box (as pictured below). They said it was a Barbie table and they wanted ten cents!
And I bet with 100 miles of sales this weekend I could find at least one of those being offered up next to a broken VCR or a trashed copy of Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits.
Back in 1974 Maria Muldaur rode her camel all the way to number 6 with this song. You have to admit it's pretty silky smooth. According to Wikipedia, in 2008 Muldaur said she wanted to add the song to her album as an "afterthought" at the last minute. She acknowledges that people do come up to her at her concerts or events and state that, indeed because of this song, there were numerous sexual encounters including losing their virginity and getting pregnant while listening to this song.
Considering the history of country singer George Jones, you'd think he would have died in a bar fight or a drug overdose. But it was a high fever and irregular heartbeat the claimed his life at the age of 81.
Known for his wild lifestyle and four marriages (including a stormy one to Tammy Wynette), Jones also has garnered respect and admiration for his amazing voice, which USA Today describes as "honky tonk eloquence" (although I'm sure they stole the line from some one else). His career spanned 50 years and he won two Grammies, and has a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fames.
While I'm not a huge fan of the music they call "country" these days, I do have a soft spot for that smooth, smooth voice of Mr. Jones. Honky tonk eloquent indeed.
Jones' "He Stopped Loving her Today" may be the saddest song in country music history.
It was a tough day for Triple M listeners when it came to the World's Worst iPod. Since no songs from the iPod were played this week, if today's song was not played the entire iPod would be thrown out. Here's the rub, today's song was MacArthur's Park. We ended up NOT playing the song. Instead we had Brian slow jam the song. Click here for Brian's version. So the iPod will not be thrown away.
In Their Words: "Patrick really knows how to find the essence of a song. His cover is a full on Springsteen-banger complete with piano and bells. It's an honor to have such a talented artist cover our song, and it's all the more satisfying given that he is a friend and he has offered nothing but love and support to Free Energy from the start. He is an exceptional young man! Here's to Patrick Stickles!" -- Free Energy's Paul Sprangers.
Today's the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. It's huge--more than 225-thousand square feet, the biggest of all the presidential libraries. That's 100 times bigger than my house, and a heckuva lot of space to fill.
Now I know that I'll never be president, but I wouldn't mind having a presidential library some day. In fact, I've got a lot of important papers that I believe future generations should have a chance to see.
Here is just a partial list.
1. Old grade school folders, like the one pictured above. In the 1970's, it was okay to have a sticker advertising beer at school.
2. A 6th grade report on "The Unexplained of Ancient Times." This handwritten report spent a lot of time on the theories of Erich Von Daniken, which said that the pyramids and other such structures were built by aliens.
3. An unfinished novel in a blue spiral notebook. Having just read The Outsiders, I have around 80 pages of a story about a gang of hoods in New York who find and adopt a baby. The gritty realism is astounding.
4. A folder filled with newspaper clippings about the death of Elvis Presley. Glued to typing paper, and nicely faded.
5. The TV script I wrote for the TV show Fame when I was in college. It was a project that was supposed to be completed over an entire semester. I wrote it in 3 days.
6. My autobiography, written in 8th grade. It was supposed to be around 15 pages long, but at that point I'd only made it through kindergarten. Including photos, it was more than 50 pages.
7. A wide assortment of birthday cards, including some sent to my parents when I was born.
8. Programs from junior high school football games I attended.
9. Copies of my junior high school newspaper, The Patriot Press. I was a key contributor, often writing the horoscopes and word search puzzles.
10. A letter from the people with the TV show Hoarders, offering to help me cut through the clutter. No wait...I haven't received that yet.
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