November 7 2020

Willie Nelson for President

I have always thought that Willie Nelson would have made a great president. Sadly, due to drummer Paul English passing last February he will be unable to make vice. Willie Nelson is a man with a heart and compassion for the American people.

Willie Nelson has helped countless American Farmers.

In the summer of 1985 Bob Dylan made a statement from the stage of Live Aid. Live Aid was a fundraiser held at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. The benefit was seeking donations for African famine relief.

“I hope that some of the money…maybe they can just take a little bit of it maybe and use it to pay the mortgages of some of the farmers here.”

Bob Dylan.

Afterwards, Dylan received criticism from the Live Aid event organizer Bob Geldof for his statement. The statement however, planted a seed. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young began planning a benefit for the American farmer. The very first “Farm Aid” took place in Champaign, Illinois September 22,1985.

Willie helps the common people and other musicians as well.

In December of 2000, Eddy Shaver, son of Billy Joe Shaver died of a Heroin overdose. Shaver was to perform that night at a New Years eve concert.

“ My band just went nuts…all crying and stuff. Willie called me up and said Billy, you gotta get back on the horse. I’m an old cowboy, I know what he’s talking about, so I got up there.”

Billy Joe Shaver

Willie Nelson put a band together, and the two performed that night after all. Willie held up his old friend and selflessly helped out another musician.

I have friends who actually stopped listening to the Red Headed Stranger solely based on his political beliefs. In reality Willie has endorsed both Republican and Democratic tickets.

As an Environmentalist, Willie uses Bio Diesel to fuel his tour buses. In 2004 Willie started a company called Willie Nelson BioFuel that produced bio fuel under the brand name BioWillie. Due to high requirements the fuels availability has declined. But Willie hasn’t given up. A retail grade is now available on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Willie Nelson has a home in Hawaii that runs on solar panels.

Although sometimes his views are not always orthodox, Nelson was born and raised a Methodist in Abbott, Texas. When the local church that he had grown up in began having hardships, Willie Nelson bought the building so that the congregation could continue to have services.

Sometimes Willie is judged by those who say his Christian Music is hypocritical. Those judging him seem to me like the hypocrites. See, the Bible says in Matthew 7:1 “Judge Not.”

Most famously, Willie Nelson is known for his advocacy to legalize Marijuana. I personally wouldn’t use it, but I don’t have a problem with someone who does.

There are some real health benefits that have been proven associated with this “drug”. Why is it any worse than drinking beer or whiskey? Studies show it is actually less harmful than alcohol. If Marijuana were controlled, it would bring a big tax income into our American economy. Regulating and legalizing the use of Marijuana would lower the crime rate. It even might help out some of the above mentioned American farmers.

My Fellow Americans, I think tonight the fate of the election for our newest President has been set. The Democratic Party will move into the whitehouse this coming January. For me I am not yet sure what this is going to mean. My family depends on the oil economy to survive. I believe in entrepreneurship and capitalism in a free trade society. Something that I fear the current party does not. I hope to own my own business one day and to make my own way in society.

What would Willie do?

Willie Nelson’s advice “IF YOU DON’T LIKE ‘EM VOTE ‘EM OUT.

If you don’t like it vote it out.

Pancho.

October 7 2020

Wagon Wheel

Country’s biggest night is slated to air on November 11, 2020 on ABC. This is the 54th Annual CMA awards. This year the event is hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker.

Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood along with Keith Urban have all been nominated for Entertainer of the Year 2020.

I have been a fan of Darius Rucker since I can remember. His early fame began with his days in the rock band, Hootie &the Blowfish. He founded the band while in college at the University of South Carolina in 1986.

Hootie & the Blowfish released five studio albums while he was a member. They had six top 40 hits while Darius was on board. Most of these songs had been co-written by Darius.

Six years after a solo album Darius Rucker recorded with the label Hidden Beach Recordings lacked success, Darius signed to Capitol Nashville as a country music singer.

Learn to Live” released September 16, 2008. The album scored three number one tracks on the Billboard Country music charts.

Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” and “Alright” made Rucker the first Black artist since Charley Pride in 1983, to reach number one on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Darius Rucker became the first black American to win the New Artist Award from the CMA. (Country Music Association).

Darius Carlos Rucker was born and raised poor in Charleston, South Carolina. His father who was never around was a gospel singer.

Becoming a singer was always a dream Darius hoped would come true recalled his sister, L’Corine.

Darius Rucker Regulary works with charities that supports sick and underprivileged children. Since 2008 he has raised more than 1.6 million to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Darius Rucker wrote the song “Let Her Cry” while still with Hootie & the Blowfish.

He says,

“Even all these years later, ‘Let Her Cry’ is still the song people talk about.. That still might be the best song I ever wrote.”

I agree that while “Let Her Cry” may be the best Darius Rucker ever wrote, “Wagon Wheel” was the song that made him who he is today.

Early in my sobriety we would listen to Darius Rucker before our Friday night Bad Boys Meeting. The song that really turned me onto to Darius as a country artist was his song “Wagon Wheel”.

When I first heard the song, I had no idea that the guy singing was the same vocalist of Hootie & the Blowfish.

Wagon Wheel” was a song originally done by Old Crow Medicine Show in 2004 . It written by Ketch Secor and has Bob Dylan Credited as a co-writer.

The song as Darius Rucker sings it has reached 8 x  Platinum . Rucker is now the only solo male country act to reach such a feat.

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Not too bad for a poor boy from South Carolina.

Pancho.

October 4 2020

Thoughts and Prayers

Jennifer and I created this blog as a creative outlet. A place where we can both do what we enjoy.

That is to write.

We have discussed on several occasions the direction we seek for this blog to travel. We are still working out the details.

Today, I am looking into a more current situation.

I am not much on politics and we have tried hard to keep our political views off this page. This is a personal choice between each of us. It is not really my business what you think and it’s none of your business who I choose to vote for. What I am tired of is all the hate and blame I see every day on the news and on social media.

I have friends who stopped listening to certain music because the artists views didn’t align with their own.

Just because Willie Nelson is a Democrat it doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the best songwriters out there.

In a recent article that I read on MSN, Jon Bon Jovi said it best:

“The greatest gift of being an artist Is the ability to be a witness to history.”

A lot of the music that I grew up on, the reasons that Americana/Folk music is my chosen genre was based on anti war and protest. I was too young to remember what they were protesting about, but the artist, who was witnessing history told the story.

Through song these artists left a legacy for the future to enjoy. The music that was recorded will long outlast the artist.

The world is in constant change and motion and what we are going through today isn’t necessarily going to be here tomorrow. So who cares who Willie votes for?

What if Bob Dylan never wrote “Blowin’ in the Wind”?

This controversial song by one of the fathers of folk music spilled out lyrics like , “How many roads must a man walk down / Before you can call him a man” and other lyrics that need not be interpreted like, “How many times can a cannonball fly / before they’re forever banned”.

This song became an anthem for the civil rights era and was a direct influence on many artists writings to date.

I was in my Jacuzzi last night streaming music. I was listening to more current stuff than I usually do. For the sake of this blog. It may not need to be said that those of you reading have noticed that the music is obviously my niche.

I came across a band called “Drive-By Truckers”. The Americana Music Association has nominated them as a contestant for Duo/Group of the Year. (2020). And their song “Thoughts and Prayers” is in contention for Song of the Year.

Although this group has been around since the mid 80’s I can honestly say I have never heard them. If I had, I didn’t realize it.

These guys, from Alabama and Georgia hit the mark on some of todays most controversial events. The lyrics they spill out give an honest story on the events of the history that they are witnessing.

I don’t necessarily agree with some of their views on politics, but I truly enjoyed the composition of their music.

The stuff going on in our country and the world today affect us all. I am glad there are people willing to write this stuff down. I would prefer to hear it in music than in some political debate.

I am not sure what is going to happen in November. Either way I don’t see us winning. I am thankful I have God to trust.

The virus that has swept the planet is scary enough without having to worry about the political unrest of this great nation.

I plan to get lost in the music, if only for today and leave the world outside my window.

Pancho.