A song in my heart

by SmithorJones on March 2, 2009

in Latest, Smith

Do you watch “NCIS” on CBS?  We do. You know the character “Anthony ‘Tony’ DiNozzo?”  He often references movies, (does bad – funny! – Jack Nicholson imitations), and makes application from movies he’s watched to things happening at the moment.

Now, I’m no DiNozzo, well, you know – except for my charm and wit! – and anyone who knows Me knows that I can watch a movie and forget I saw it the following month (or think I saw a movie because I saw the trailer. That’s how much movies affect my life…)  But music … music is different.

I remember songs very well – have always done – even from a very young age. Not just the songs, but the stories that go with them.

I remember quite well when The Beatles came to America, and I was very young at the time – about five or six.

I used to listen to a radio station in Sacramento – KRAK – back in the day.  They played the top country songs, and had some wonderful DJ’s – “Joey Mitchell”, “Racing Rick Stewart” were a couple of them. I loved KRAK radio (1140 – now a sports station) because they told the story.

I remember rock n’ roll from this era also. Loved the whole folk thing, Dylan, The Band, Buffalo Springfield, The Christy Minstrels (and of course the First Edition who came from them), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and on and on. And who can forget Creedance? Or Rare Earth (a great live band)?  Shoot, I’ll even throw in the Monkees – who, in their own way, “pioneered” trends in music.

What I noticed the most is that they – those who “called the shots” in the music industry – “pigeonholed songs” into a “type” of music, when in reality, this just wasn’t so. waylonquoteYou know the Rock ‘n Rollers frowned on Country Music (let’s be real, it was really the Nashville Sound they didn’t like), but did not know that many of the artists they admired most actually appreciated some of the stars of Country Music. And of course, some in country looked down on Rock ‘n Roll, never able themselves to come close to the guitar talent the genre held. (Exceptions IMHO: Don Rich, Buck Owens, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark and others like them.)

The Rock ‘n Rollers were the musicians!  The rest just were not in the same class as musicians, but they sang great! And the music they made was important in the development of music.

Many of course knew both sides, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Obinson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley,  Marty Robbins. music10Remember when Buck Owens was recorded by the Beatles, and he recorded the Beatles, in turn?  And of course, lets not forget the great Ray Charles (dubbed “The Prophet” by a DJ called “Wolfman” down SoCal way) insisted on recording a whole album of what was then called “Country & Western”. His label did not want him to, but he knew better. And he was SMOKIN’ on that album.

Hank Williams’ influence on these artists is unmistakable. I doubt that any of those artists would fail to credit Hank as a major influence on them. And he is, to this day, the most recorded song writer.

This leads me to another observation – a great song is a great song.

Would it surprise you to learn that some of the songs you may have heard as a child were written 30, 40, 50, or even 60 or more years earlier? Check back here again and I’ll show you what I mean.



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