One debate on social media lately has been: Is George Strait really the King of Country? The reasoning behind the debate is simply because King George didn’t write his own songs. The man has multiple hits under his belt and a discography that can go on for days and he hasn’t ever put his pencil to paper and told his own story. The facts are this, without Dean Dillon, George would still be playing cover songs in some dance hall. Not saying this is a bad thing. I mean making a living by playing music is the point right?
This morning, I was actually swayed to the belief that the musician that was playing the songs he never wrote might just be as important as the songwriter when I saw a Twitter Post reading:
Weighing in on the George Strait semi-controversy…I’m an ok-at-best vocalist with little desire to live on the road & a probably-not-marketable look but I dig writing songs and write good ones sometimes. If anything I wish there were more Straits to take that shit to market.
Via Twitter from @MikeEthanTX
Jared LoStracco retweeted and gave his endorsement so there is that.
I mean as bad as I hate to admit it, Willie by God Nelson didn’t write alot of his own hit stuff either. So there I said it…
Or perhaps Mike’s Twitter post about George coupled with Rich O’Toole’s share on Twitter of his song “God and George Strait” changed my heart. I mean it is Sunday, My Sabbath day and I am in a spiritual place this morning, especially after hearing Rich’s song.
I hope that someday I can put my pencil to paper and write a song that someone wishes to sing. I would love to hear my words on the radio and to see my name given songwriting credit. It just might be okay if King George were the voice behind the words..