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The Facebook Concert Meme

There’s a current Facebook meme making the rounds in which you list ten artists and state that you’ve seen nine of them perform in person. Your friends are asked to choose which one you have not seen in concert.

Yesterday, I decided to play along.  Although I’ve been to many other concerts, this is my list for the game:

1.) Chicago
2.) Hank Williams, Jr.
3.) Elton John
4.) The Oak Ridge Boys
5.) Elvis Presley
6.) Fats Domino
7.) Jimmy Buffett
8.) Lynyrd Skynyrd
9.) Alan Jackson
10.) Brooks & Dunn

Many friends shared their guesses and some posted their own list.

I decided to stretch the fun out a little longer, write about some of the concerts I’ve attended and reveal the answer to my Facebook post on today’s blog.

CHICAGO was my first concert experience.  It was the summer I was eighteen, fresh out of high school. I drove my ’64 yellow Mustang with black interior and 3-speed on the floor.  My nephew, 2 years younger than me, and a buddy of his went with me.

 HANK WILLIAMS, JR. I must admit, the only reason I saw Hank live back in the mid 80’s was because the group Sawyer Brown opened for him, and I was (and still am) a huge Sawyer Brown fan. Hank’s crowd was a bit too rowdy for me.

ELTON JOHN.  A few months after Motor Man and I began dating, we went with another couple to an Elton John concert at an amphi-theater in Virginia Beach.  The concert was outside, following days of rain, and it was COLD, so it wasn’t the most comfortable of venues. Elton put on a fabulous show, however.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS. My friend, Bev, and I became fans of this group in the early 1980’s. Marshall, then a toddler,  associated William Lee Golden, the group’s member who had long hair and a longer beard, with their hit song “Elvira”. One Sunday morning, a man with long hair and a beard walked into our church, and Marshall said (out loud): “Look, Mom! It’s Elvira!”

ELVIS PRESLEY.  Yes, Marshall’s dad and I went to see Elvis in the early 70’s before we were married.  Of course, our seats were so far away, he was just a tiny speck on the stage.

FATS DOMINO.  Ah, Fats. Marshall’s dad and I saw Fats in concert, also in the early 1970’s, and we had front-row center seats.  What a great performer. Sadly, I had camera issues that night, and did not get any photos. Whenever Fats saw someone standing at the stage with a camera, he flashed the biggest smile you can imagine.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD.  For many years, a friend of Motor Man’s and mine participated in the Kyle Petty cross-country motorcycle trip. This friend wanted his young daughter to be part of the festivities when the group returned to Kyle’s farm in North Carolina following the 2001 ride.  We agreed to bring his daughter to the event, and in turn, we were given tickets to attend. And, Skynyrd was performing. But, did I get pictures?  No….however, this was the crowd attending.

BROOKS & DUNN.  On the spur of the moment, Motor Man and I went to see B & D in concert in 2004, and had fairly good seats for the show.

The artist from that list that I have not seen in person is Jimmy Buffett. Motor Man and I both like his music, and he does come to our area occasionally.  But we’ve never attended one of his concerts.

And now….a HUGE confession, and this is so very embarrassing.   I  named Alan Jackson as one of the artists on my list.  Well, I’ve never seen him in concert either.

The country singer I had in mind was Tracy Lawrence, who appeared in concert at our local racetrack several years ago.  Motor Man and I attended, and I took this picture of Tracy with one of his young fans.  And by the way, that little fella knew every word to every song.

So I apologize to my Facebook friends (and to those of you reading this post  who were also guessing).  There are, in fact, two artists on my list that I have not seen live in concert.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wipe the egg off my face.  And sing a little “Elvira”.

~These Days Of Mine~



California Stars

I’ve mentioned before what a music snob I am. I prefer anything recorded pre-1971 or so. And very rarely does any modern-day music strike my fancy.

Last week, Motor Man and I took his mom to dinner, and although I usually suffer through the “music” played at most restaurants these days, one song that night caught my ear.  I could hear just enough to know that I liked the melody, but could only make out two words of the song: California Stars.

Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?  Back home, in less than a minute at the computer, I had found that song. It’s rare that a song sticks with me like this one has. The last time that happened, the song was Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Been A Lovely Cruise”, which I first heard a couple of years ago as part of a memorial video for friend.

The song “California Stars” has an interesting history. The lyrics were written by the late Woody Guthrie, but the words weren’t put to music during his lifetime.  After his death in 1967, his daughter, Nora, discovered thousands of his unrecorded lyrics. She contacted the English folk singer, Billy Bragg, who, along with the American group, Wilco, wrote music to many of those lyrics.  The song was included in an album titled Mermaid Avenue, released in 1998.

And for those of you already familiar with this song who might ask (about me): “Where’s SHE been not to have heard this before?”…..remember, as far as music goes, I’m stuck in the 60’s.

~These Days Of Mine~

A Trip And A Giveaway

No, I’m afraid a trip isn’t the giveaway….but I hope you’ll keep reading anyway.

A verse I use on some of my handmade cards is: “A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.”

Today is the first day of another journey around the sun for me, so I’m sharing one of my favorite Martina McBride songs (with Jimmy Buffett).

And now, for the information on my first ever giveaway:

A few weeks ago, I won this book in a giveaway from Simple Life Of A Country Man’s Wife:

There have been times in my life when I’ve been an avid reader, but that isn’t the case these days. But this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I was truly disappointed when I came to the end. Hopefully Beth Hoffman has more books in the works for those of us who have discovered her wonderful writing.

This is what I hope to do: I’m giving away this book, hoping the winner will write a little note in the inside cover (maybe their name, the date and the name of their blog), and then share it in a giveaway of their own.  If the winner of my giveaway doesn’t have a blog, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

So please leave a comment here on my blog, letting me know if you’d like to be entered in the drawing. And I’ll have either Motor Man, Marshall or Sundae draw the winning name. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.

And now, I’m kicking off my next journey around the sun this morning with a birthday breakfast with Motor Man and Marshall.

There’s A Fire In The Sky


Be sure your speakers are turned up and click here:
Knee Deep*

“Sunrise – there’s a fire in the sky”

April 4, 2011

April 15, 2011

April 21, 2011

May 12, 2011

May 22, 2011

Now that your toes are tapping, have a good Saturday!

(And thanks, Marshall, for helping me with the music.)

*Lyrics by Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette
Recorded by The Zac Brown Band, featuring Jimmy Buffett