Music on Mondays — It’s country time!
After delving into classical music two weeks ago and then pop/rock/metal last week, I got a request for country music. Since I grew up in Texas doing the Texas two-step, line dancing, and such, I do have some country music in my vast collection.
The first one is “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash from late 1956. According to my mother, I used to sit on the floor in the back of the car and sing along any time it came on the radio.
Next is “Take This Job And Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck from 1977. In 1982, I wanted to use this song to quit a job at Kerr Steamship Company. That’s how frustrated I was. After talking to my best friend, Richard Maulsby Scruggs (I call him Maulsby and use his full name here because I’m still friends with him and wanted to give him some Google Juice; it’s good for you), who was a consultant with Arthur Andersen, I decided to give a standard two-week notice, which I did the next day. Richard’s advice had been, “Don’t burn bridges.”
A year later I was applying for a position with Texas A&M University to do editing and copywriting for the Texas A&M University Press, the College of Science, and the Department of Chemistry. Darned if the Professor for whom I would be directly working didn’t actually call my past three employers. Darned again if my supervisor at Kerr Steamship Company didn’t give me a glowing recommendation, even stating that he would rehire me in a flash. “Just send him back down here and he’s got a job,” Mr. Supervisor said.
Then there’s Garth Brooks. Some country music purists don’t consider Garth to be country music. To that I will defer to Billboard, which places him in the country music category. My favorite of his is “Friends In Low Places” from 1990. It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Music Singles Chart. To reinforce Garth’s countryness, “Friends In Low Places” won the 1990 Single of the Year from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
Then there is Glen Campbell, probably my all-time favorite country star. “Wichita Lineman” came out in November 1968. For Christmas that year I got a reel-to-reel tape recorder. I was constantly trying to record “Wichita Lineman” off the radio but the radio announcers wouldn’t shut up so I could get the beginning and the ending of the song. I hate it when radio announcers talk through the first 10 seconds of a song and then start talking again before the song ends!
Trivia: From December 1964 to March 1965, Glen Campbell was a touring member of the Beach Boys where he played bass guitar and sang falsetto harmonies. He also played guitar on the group’s Pet Sounds album.
Lastly, I can’t leave out “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley from 1968. I was every teacher’s nightmare student and my wise old grandmother was always having to go to the PTA meetings to convince the teachers that I was a good kid.
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Posted on September 23, 2013, in Music, Music on Mondays and tagged friends in low places garth brooks, glen campbell beach boys, harper valley p.t.a. jeannie c. riley, i walk the line johnny cash, kerr steamship company, pet sounds beach boys, take this job and shove it johnny paycheck, texas a&m college of science, texas A&M department of chemistry, texas a&m university, texas a&M university press, wichita lineman glen campbell. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.