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Remembering Road Music

23 Sep

Today, we had a delivery to our house. However, this one was a little different from the typical visit from UPS or FedEx. A big rig, 18-wheeler semi-truck and trailer pulled into our driveway and parked at the side of our house. When the stuff was unloaded, the driver headed through the gate and turned around in the pasture behind the house.

I immediately started singing, “Give me 40 acres to turn this rig around.” My wife looked at me like I was nuts, and I had to explain that it was an old Country song.

When I was a kid, they sold albums on television. The commercial played snippets of songs on the album, and the announcer gave out a phone number to order it. Those commercials always got my attention, and I always wanted to buy the albums.

Certainly, my mom did not buy all of the albums that I wanted, but she bought one of the all time greats – Road Music: 23 Truckin’ Hits.

Looking back, the producers were certainly trying to capitalize on the trucking and CB craze of the time. However, they also mined some classic Country hits of the trucking genre. It included artists like Minnie Pearl, Del Reeves, Jimmy Martin and Red Sovine, who made a career out of trucking songs.

Of course, I did not know all of that when I was a kid. I just knew that it was a cool commercial with cool sounding songs. It also had a cover that attracted my young attention.

I listened to the album over and over. My favorite songs were:

“Six Days on the Road” by Dave Dudley

“Convoy” by T.H. Music Festival

“Give Me 40 Acres to Turn This Rig Around” by The Willis Brothers

“Phantom 309” by Red Sovine

It was a great album. Now, I have to see if I can find a copy out there somewhere. No more phone numbers. I will just Google it.

My iPod Has Issues – Brain Block

7 Oct

There are several ideas rattling around in my brain, but they are all being blocked by my thoughts on long pants and socks. The problem is that I am not ready to write that post because it has not properly formulated itself in my mind. It will contain important information, and I want it to come out right.

Here I sit. Laptop in my lap. Television on some documentary that is not interesting. An almost empty glass of orange juice on the table. What to do? What to do?

I know. I will turn on the iPod and see what it going on inside its brain. Hopefully, there are no long pants or socks blocking it from thinking.Block Brick

“Pipe Dreams” by Jimmy Beck and His Orchestra

“Melissa” by The Allman Brothers Band

“Miami Vice Theme” by Jan Hammer

“Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie

“Ignition” by R. Kelly

“Go Speed Racer Go” by Sponge

“Little Joe” by Red Sovine

“Numb” by Linkin Park

“I Ka Barra” by Habib Koite and Bamada

“Philadelphia Lawyer” by Red Smiley and the Bluegrass Cut-Ups

“You Really Got Me” by The Kinks

“I Fought the Law” by The Bobby Fuller Four

“Reach for It” by George Duke

“Baby Love” by The Supremes

“American Roulette” by Robbie Robertson

“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

“The Streak” by Ray Stevens

“Drops of Jupiter” by Train

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

“I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” by Jim Croce