Anton, you nut!|
This just in: Glen Campbell is going to perform live tonight at the CMAs. He's touring right now, and then he's going to retire for good, he says. He has Alzheimer's and his health is in decline. It's so sad.
He is touring with three of his kids in his band, and even if you don't like country music, it will be worth watching and listening to this performance. I guarantee it.
Reply #1622. Nov 09 11, 10:19 PM
I do like Pantera. Listened to them for years. Does get the blood pumping!|
Reply #1623. Nov 10 11, 4:19 AM
Well, let me just take a gander and see, RJ.|
Your Faithful CMA Reporter made a terrible error, though. Glen Campbell did not perform; they did a tribute to him. But he did jump up on the stage and grab his guitar, so I was still hopeful. But no, Keith Urban sang "Wichita Lineman," and I still cried.
Goin' in to see who those cowboys are...
Reply #1625. Nov 12 11, 4:47 AM
Oh, I love these guys! What a trip! The Beehive Girls are pretty wild, too. Did you know these Finnish Cowboys don't speak a word of English, or maybe it's the Russian choir behind them. Maybe it's both. I know I read somewhere that they just learned the words, without having Clue One what they mean.|
Sadly, they were not even featured at the CMAs, and Kid Rock didn't get to sing "All Summer Long," either, combining "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Werewolves Of London."
Reply #1626. Nov 12 11, 4:51 AM
Unfortunatyely my real life work schedule kept me from watching the CMA's, but I'm hoping I can watch the Grammy nomination show on November 30.|
Reply #1628. Nov 12 11, 10:56 AM
I have another "Cowboy" question. |
Since I know all the words to "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," I know it's a real song. In fact, RJ, you could BE Ragtime Cowboy Joe! It was the first song I sang to my little nephew to make him really laugh. There is just something about the rhythm of the words, "On a horse that was syncopated-gaited! What a funny meter to the roar of his repeater!" that made him laugh and clap his little hands. Now that I'm recalling it, that really is a great song! I'll sing it in here later. No, no, don't try to stop or thank me!
But here is my question. Two, actually.
My Father taught us every song he ever knew and/or made up, generally around the campfire at night at the lake. Consequently, I also know all the words, and the harmony, to "The Eyes Of Texas" and "The Yellow Rose Of Texas." However, I have since been assured that neither of those is a "real" song.
How is this possible??? If I know them and can sing them, obviously, they're real. My question is, are they real real, or did my Father make them up, just for us?
Since I write and sing songs all the time for my nieces, nephews and kitties, it's probably just in my blood, but are those real songs?
Only a Texas Cowboy would know, and I've already been assured by two Texans, not cowboys, that those songs do not exist, even though I SANG them to them!
Say it isn't so...
Reply #1629. Nov 12 11, 5:09 PM
Perhaps what they meant is that the "Yellow Rose of Texas" is a folksong based on a (tenuous, at best) legend and therefore not "real". Also, the lyrics have changed numerous times since 1836 so it's likely the version you know isn't the "real" original (which contained many racial slurs that don't bear repeating here) : )|
Reply #1630. Nov 13 11, 12:15 PM
And I agree with you that it's sad about Glen Campbell. He was on "Ellen" not too long ago (just before he started his tour, I think) and it was painful to watch, as his wife had to fill in all the bits of the conversation that he couldn't remember. He sang "Wichita Lineman" (with his kids as backup) and while he changed/mixed up a few words (and his voice is nowhere near what it was - although that's to be expected, especially with higher pitched ones), there was nothing at all wrong with his guitar playing (funny how the mind works). His kids seem to be talented musicians and I'm sure it's nice for them that they can all travel/tour together.|
Reply #1631. Nov 13 11, 12:28 PM
Blackdress, the American Music Awards are on next Sunday...and my work schedule will allow me to watch that show.|
Reply #1632. Nov 13 11, 9:53 PM
The version of "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" I know is a sweet song, and contains no slurs of any kind, or my Father never would have taught it to us, or God forbid, let us sing it.|
"She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew!
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew!
You may talk about your Clementine, or sing of Rosalee!
But the Yellow Rose Of Texas is the only girl for me!"
I love that song!
"The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You," however, is sung to the tune of "I've Been Working On The Railroad," and it's a tad ominous.
"The Eyes of Texas are upon you, all the livelong day!
The Eyes of Texas are upon you, you cannot get away!
Do not think you can forsake them! From night till early in the morn!
The Eyes of Texas are upon you, till...." and that's where I honestly lose/forget the lyrics. It can't be "till Dinah blows her horn," can it?
I could call my Father to ask him, and the odds of him remembering this are good. He's in the advance stages of Alzheimer's, and his short-term memory is almost non-existent, but his long-term memory right now is extraordinary. My sisters are videotaping and recording as many stories as he will tell, since some of the things he's talking about now, we have never heard before.
I hate Alzheimer's. It robs your memories, and steals your life.
Reply #1633. Nov 15 11, 12:29 AM
Giant! They played the 'Eyes of Texas are Upon You' all through 'Giant'.
Remember the "Yellow Rose of Texas' with Mitch Miller but there were several movies too - Audie Murphy and Roy Rogers come to mind.
And didn't Elvis do something with..... Viva Las Vegas?
Reply #1634. Nov 15 11, 12:56 AM
Sad to hear of your Dad Elle - but what a chance to be able to gather on film!
Have had to 'dig' for a lot of my family history - which is okay, but then I lose the personal anecdotes.
Reply #1635. Nov 15 11, 12:57 AM
Well, there you have it, Bunny!|
I've never seen "Giant," or any movie with Audi Murphy or Roy Rogers. Hand over my heart, never, ever. Did Roy sing "Happy Trails To You"? I know the song, but that was my Father, again. We're a singing family, every last one of us, including all the nieces and nephews.
Elvis definitely sang "Viva Las Vegas," though. However! I've never seen an Elvis movie, either.
Next up, I'm going to have to "sing" "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" in here. I feel the need... the need to sing!
I also am absolutely itching to tell a few snake stories. I have small ones, middle-sized ones, and big ones, so I could ease into them gently and possibly not upset the snakelovers or the snakehaters. But sometimes, a girl just has to purge those snake stories, you know?
Reply #1636. Nov 15 11, 1:17 AM
"The Eyes Of Texas" -- what comes after this lyric?|
((The Eyes of Texas are upon you, till...." and that's where I honestly lose/forget the lyrics. It can't be "till Dinah blows her horn," can it?))
If it's a real song, it has to have real lyrics! And if you know it, Stew, how the heck does it end?
Reply #1637. Nov 15 11, 1:19 AM
Thank you, Stew! It was definitely the second version of The Eyes Of Texas that we learned and sang with lots of harmony, and possibly even as a round. Driving back and forth to the lake (Flathead Lake) with a car full of kids always meant singing. We were practically The Griswalds, sans Grandma strapped to the roof.|
I did wonder if maybe it was Gabriel blowing his horn, since Dinah was blowing hers for the Railroad, all the livelong day.
But SO many people have told me that song does not exist!
I say, if I'm singing it, no matter what song it may be, it definitely exists, if only for that very moment!
You are a veritable fount of information! (Fount? Font?)
Reply #1639. Nov 15 11, 4:55 AM
When I was smaller, Elle - I used to love dictionaries and encylopaedias - once I learned how to cross reference I was in heaven!
Now - I just feed the correct word/s into e-World and 'bing'....There's all this information right in front of my nose.
So much interesting stuff out there - and isn't it a time waster?! LOL
Reply #1640. Nov 15 11, 5:46 AM
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