Awe…some Mondays & Music Moves Me

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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.

 

19 thoughts on “Awe…some Mondays & Music Moves Me

  1. Dwight Yoakam has that Bakersfield sound, like Buck Owens and Waylon Jennings. He’s not just putting on a cowboy hat and singing countrified pop with a drawl. He’s the real thing. Great first outing, buddy!

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    1. Yes, Dwight was originally rejected by Nashville, so he moved to California, met Buck Owens and developed what would become known as the Bakersfield sound of country music. Thank you for the kind words.

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  2. Driller,

    It sounds like your granddaughter knows her life calling. Hooray for her! I know you’re proud of her. 🙂

    On behalf of the Monday’s Mewsic (Music) Moves Me gang let me say how thrilled we are to have you on the dance floor. I want to encourage you to join our linky party. You can do this on my blog or any of the co-hosts blogs. I tried to add your URL this morning but I kept getting an error. I’m not sure what’s up with that but I was hoping to give your first attempt a shot in the arm. We’re not mewsic snobs but you’re welcome to join our weekly theme’s lineup which I have listed on my side menu. You’ll also find them on Marie’s (hop administrator) blog, too. All of your country mewsic picks are new-to-me, so I truly appreciated the introduction. Have country grinin’, guitar-pickin’ good week! 😀

    Link up with here

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    1. Thank you for putting out the welcome mat. I’ll stop back by and get a little more familiar with the format. I may not be a regular contributor, but I will definitely participate. Have a blessed week.

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  3. Your granddaughter is doing great and will accomplish great things in her life. You gotta be proud.

    I’ll have to check out Dwight Yoakum again. I was reading a little bit out Hank Williams and found out that he died when he was only 29 years old. Wow, what a shame.

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