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An Octogenerian's Blog | THE VOICE – BLAKE SHELTON – USHER – COUNTRY MUSIC – RADIO & RUSH LIMBAUGH (Issue 972)

My very favorite television program is The Voice. I’m anxiously waiting for the new season. I enjoy the rapport between the judges plus the performing contestants. Love it when Usher performs, and Blake Shelton, one of the judges on The Voice, is my current favorite country music performer.

I grew up in the south, loving country music, and listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio was a regular family event. I enjoy classical music, secondary to country music. I lived near Nashville twice, went to the old Opry auditorium once after it closed, did not visit the new facility back then, because my Air-Force husband was into classical and made fun of country music.

However moving back to Atlanta, I did return several times to hear country music concerts in the newer facility. There used to be a country music facility, Lanier Land near Gainesville, where many of the well-known performers came, and I regularly attended. Also, periodic concerts at the Fox Theater, years back, when performers like Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty came to town.

I have a long time good friend, a singer with perfect pitch who can sing “Crazy,” and sound just like Patsy Cline.

I have a radio that stays on a country music station 24-7, which is on my closed-in back porch, and I listen when I’m doing laundry. I have a radio in my office, but rarely listen to it, so busy reading and writing. I’ve decided to start listening to radio instead of so much TV, to hear country music.

Additionally, I’m going to start listening to the radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. After viewing and listening to his interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox, I was so impressed with his analysis of current happenings in this country, and the accuracy of his interpretation of events, I wanted to hear more. I know he has a large base of regular listeners. I have rarely heard him speak, because I don’t listen to much radio.

Reading my title one might wonder what Rush Limbaugh and country music have in common. They are both heard regularly on radio. And neither are featured very often on prime time television.

The very popular TV feature, The Voice, has new country music contestants, many with beautiful talent, and I listen to it regularly.

I have stacks of vintage records, 33 rpm, plus 45s and 78s. I just need to look in antique shops to find something to play them on. I’ve been looking for an old vintage Royal typewriter to have in my office as décor; therefore, I can start looking for a record player when I’m searching for an old Royal.

Recently, a very large antique flea market opened nearby, which has a lot of unique and interesting items in the various booths.

I sometimes use country music lyrics in my blog article titles, like recently, from the Johnny Cash song, “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.”

As one who will be 89 years old tomorrow, I can attest to the fact that the older one is, the greater the tendency to return to the place of one’s childhood, and in my childhood world, country music dominated over church, classical, pop or any other type of music.

Some of my favorites are George Jones, Marty Robbins, Elvis, Ray Price, Tammy Wynette, and Hank Williams.

I would love to hear from my readers about who your favorites are, and your favorite songs. I’ll post them on my comment dashboard.

LET FREEDOM RING

JUST ME AC

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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