Back in May this granddaughter graduated from high school and next month she will be headed off to college. Last Friday she boarded a plane with other members of our church youth group and headed to Ecuador for a week-long mission trip. Four days after she returns she will leave with another group from the church as part of an on-going mission work in a small community in southeastern Arkansas. She is having an awesome summer. Have a blessed week.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
I am new to this meme, so I am not exactly sure how to jump in except to just jump in. I mentioned last week that I have been listening to a lot of music from one particular country artist recently. Dwight Yoakam was popular during the late 80’s and through the 90’s. He was instrumental in introducing the “Bakersfield Sound” to country music, which was a blend of country and hillbilly rock. You may even notice a hint of Elvis influence in some of his work. Dwight always gave a nod to early country music artists by recording cover tunes of Hank Williams and others from the 40’s & 50’s. Dwight’s first hit said a lot about country music artists of the early days. Their goals were centered around playing guitars and driving Cadillacs.
I recently stumbled on to this tune and it is a nod to the legendary king of country music, Hank Williams. A Cadillac is still the primary theme here in “Long White Cadillac”
One of my personal favorites from the Yoakam song book is a classic country “break-up” song. We all feel a little lonely and hurt when a relationship comes to an end and Dwight captures the essence of a heartache perfectly with, “It Only Hurts When I Cry” You may notice a little Elvis influence in this video.
While the Dwight Yoakam career has seen it’s peak, he still continues to release music that is well crafted and carries a message. As in all things of life and relationships…”Things Change”
Well, that’s an introduction to Dwight Yoakam music. If you have not listened to him in the past, I would encourage you to spend a little time exploring his songbook and listen to “Fast as You”, “Honky Tonk Man”, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet”, and “Little Sister”. For some real insight catch Dan Rather’s interview of Dwight on YouTube. Have a blessed week.