December 1 2020

If We Make it Through December

If we make it through December

Everything’s gonna be all right I know

It’s the coldest time of winter

And I shiver when I see the falling snow

I woke up this morning with this song in my head. I really could not fathom how quickly this year has gone by. So much has happened not only in my personal life this year but also in the world as a whole.

I have never really been a believer in New Years Resolution. After the 2020 We Have All Had, I don’t think 2021 could be any worse…

I continue to hope and pray we get this Corona Virus settled. The entire world needs to be working for a solution to solve the Corona Virus Pandemic.  

It is the long history of humankind(and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

Charles Darwin

Not to mention the Election mess. Our country must come to some sort of resolution. Our Nation as a whole needs to begin to pull together.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be living through something like this.

My faith and spirituality have been my strong point. It is what has kept me sane.

2020 did have a few highlights. This time last year I built a tiny house in my back yard by converting a storage unit. The project originally began as a build for my son. It was a learning experience for both of us and my loving wife. The year started off strong at my job. The oilfield was booming in the early parts of this year. My wife and I got married March 4 2020 my biggest highlight for 2020.

If we make it through December Everything’s gonna be all right I know

“If We Make it Through December” was written and performed by Merle Haggard. The song was released by Capitol on October 27,1973 on Merle Haggard’s Christmas Present. 4 months later the song was the title song of“The Hag’s” album If We Make It Through December.

From December 1973-January 1974 the song spent 4 weeks on Hot Country Singles charts at #1. At the end of 1974, “If We Make it Through December” scored second place as song of the year.

The song received many great reviews. It has been known as one of Merle Haggard’s signature songs.

On “If We Make it Through December,” Billboard Magazine reported:

“Another change of pace by Haggard who keeps surprising us with his various styles and does so well with it all.”

Billboard Magazine

Merle Haggard was born during the Depression, in Oildale California April 6,1937. By 1963 “The Hag” already had a successful career in country music. His success continued until his 79th birthday. He died on his Palo Cedro, California ranch April 6, 2016.

If we make it through December

Got plans to be in a warmer town come summer time

Maybe even California

If we make it through December we’ll be fine

30 days and counting… If we make it through December we’ll be fine

Pancho.

November 16 2020

Worry B Gone

The Mercury Nashville label released the album Starting Over last Friday. (November 13,2020)

Starting Over is Chris Stapleton’s fourth studio album. The album features the title song “Starting Over” which released as a single earlier this year.  

Out of the 14 songs on the album, Stapleton wrote or co-wrote 11 of them.

The album features two songs originally done by Guy Clark. “Old Friends,” and “Worry B Gone.”

When Guy originally recorded the Old Friends album in 1988, he enlisted Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell. Stapleton considers Guy one of his own personal heroes. He had some pretty big shoes to fill with this song.

Chris Stapleton met the challenge with a first class performance of the old song. It is my opinion, that Stapleton is among the last country musicians in Nashville that still sounds a little bit “country.”

Old Friends, they Shine Like Diamonds Old friends, you can always call Old friends, Lord, you can’t buy ‘em You know it’s old friends, after all”

Worry B Gone,” was originally released by Guy Clark in 2006. It was on his Workbench Songs album.

The songs lyrics are perfectly fitting for the world we are living in today. A world where the media is trying to control the way we think. This country has been in division because of different political views. The rioting and the uncertainty of the market has been a huge stress factor on me. I have had fears. Some are real and some are probably irrational. I am not sure at times to believe the media, the conspiracists, or my own intuitions.

2020 has been a rough year on all of us. This has been a year that none of us will ever forget. The year of the pandemic. This political unrest and negativity has started to take it’s toll. The racism on both sides has been intense. What good is it serving for any of us to tear each other down?

“Everywhere I look Trouble is all I see I can’t listen to the radio And I hate TV Trouble with the air Trouble with the water People ain’t treatin’ one another like they oughta.”

The final song of the album that was not written nor co-written by Chris Stapleton is a fantastic cover of the John Fogerty song “Joy of My Life.” 

“Some may have their riches Some may have their worldly fame Long as I have you I’ll treasure each and every day.”

It is time for us all to start “Starting Over.” We all need to pull together to begin re-building. We can start by building each other up. Enough is Enough. I am out with the negativity and in with positivity. We all need some holiday cheer. I am just living my life one day at a time today.

Thankfully, my music has been my escape. I am appreciative of singer-songwriters like Chris Stapleton who are willing to tell their truths through song.

Chris Stapleton’s official website describes the albums fourteen tracks as an examination of life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles.

 These songs all tell a story. A story that we all need to relate to.

“Give me just one more puff Of that worry b gone, I’m planning on feelin’ much better Before too long”

I’m planning on feelin’ much better before too long.

Pancho.