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where is the REAL country music??
by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

Monday, June 20, 2005
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was listening to a classic country music station, and this poem came to mind...enjoy! :)


merle, loretta, dolly, good ole willie nelson, too..
good old music guaranteed to chase the blues!

pasty cline, roy acuff, boxcar and his train songs,
that's true country music, let's all just sing along!

back when country was COUNTRY, how i miss those days...
what i hear now is enough to make me want to walk away!

whatever happened to TALENT, now looks are all the rage,
instead of originality, there's copycats on just about ev'ry page!

i want my loretta lynn, my conway twitty, and george jones...
true country music that's due to bring shivers to my bones!

i don't need shania, keith, or these one hit wonders...
i want REAL country, music that really thunders!

songs that tell a story, songs about life...
songs about cheatin', songs about strife!

don't need no silly pop, that's not for me...
give me loretta, that is much more my speed! :)     

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 8/18/2011
HAVE YOU HEARD CARRIE UNDERWOOD SING 'HOW GREAT THOU ART'?. WOW! SHE DOES ONE FINE JOB! TALKING ABOUT SHIVERS... THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Joel Sattler 9/29/2010
Much of the real talent in today's Country Music
are the studio musicians backing the current singers.

Today's Country is mostly Pop with a twang.

But there are still good new writers and singers
coming up every year....


Personally, I think Hank Williams,
despite all his fame,
is one of the most underrated talents
in the history of American Music....


!
Reviewed by Leslie Bond 8/27/2009
Nice country riyme there yound lady. There is good classic country out there to be remembered. How have you been? Leslie
Reviewed by Stephanie Murray 8/11/2009
I love Loretta Lynn and the movie about her life too. YOu made your point with great flowing rhyme! Keep it up Karen!!



Your Friend in WV,

Stephanie
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 4/16/2009
Mmmm Agreed, and if you look at myspace list of friends, guess what sort of artists I like too :)
Hugzz Your Mate in OZ
Chezza
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted Glines MSW 2/8/2009
C.W. McCall ... "Convoy"!!! "Ghost Riders in the Sky" "Orange Blossom Special (I knew Spade Cooley, who wrote that piece)" "Chatanooga Choo-Choo" "Mountain Dew" ... come on with the spirit of COUNTRY!!! I wish I could have known Cousin Minnie Pearl.

Sweetie, I love your stories and the champion issues you are doing. But I sure wish you would write more poems because they light me up :-)

Ted
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 10/21/2008
I love country music and my favorite singer is Alan Jackson because I feel that he is country. He is laid back and sings songs that he writes from his heart. I do so love the singers you have named here also. A very good work
hugs
Kathy Lynn
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 10/13/2006
The singers of today are good, some are great, but none can equal, Hank , Patsy , Lorreta ,Merle or Waylon.....Amen Good write Karen......M
Reviewed by CJ Heck 9/12/2006
Amen! I agree wholeheartedly, Karen.
Nice work here!
Hugs,
CJ
Reviewed by Blue Sleighty 4/28/2006
I so agree. All I listen to is old country. Remember Gary Stewart?
Reviewed by George Simonis 4/17/2006
You are correct, grasshopper! There is a big need for traditional country music, and people that all don't look like they were from the same beauty mold. I think you want to sing along and know that the song and the singer are real, and they have heart, and they also may have warts! I think you should keep demanding the thunder and the honest country songs. Today's music has become too much the performer and too little the meaning of the words. Keep smiling, tornado!!
Reviewed by Jennifer Mihalovich 4/1/2006
I love this poem. It was beautiful and I'm such a big fan of country music and I agree with you.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 3/29/2006
SO right!! And so well-said!! Or I should say, sung. ~~ Question:
how did Willie Nelson get to be the sexiest man alive {not counting my husband, Denzel Washington, and Paul Newman}??? Man, 'at man
can sing!! Or as we say in the South, "kin sang.") ~~ Have you seen Walk the Line, hon'? Old-timers say they love it. I did, and Ray did. And we were never big Johnny Cash fans. Just. . .music's great
and the acting. . .whoa. Forgive the digression, please. Thank you for the ode to country music and musicians as they were. Keep sangin' & dayncin' & carryin' the flame high!! Love & Willie-chills, 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/25/2005
I have the same lament about pop music and rock 'n roll. Kinda like AD poetry, we remember the gems in all the chaff.

Enjoyed my warm evening at the Texas State Fair. Kept looking for Vince Gill in a LL t-shirt and told everyone I met your story.

Ron
Reviewed by Joni Stewart-Hague 9/15/2005
YES YES YES YES !!! I couldn't agree more ! Only thing wrong is you left out a few. Hank Williams Sr., Hank Snow, Hank Thompson, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, Merle Haggard, Waylan Jennings(just off the top of my head LOL ).
Great poem............ terriffic truth !!! I loved the old country... 'new' country I don't even consider music.
Great post.
Joni
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 8/26/2005
lol my wife really likes patsy kline ... a great piece! a lot of genres are filled with one-hit-wonders these days, it seems that real music has gone the way of the dinosaur.
Reviewed by Tina Clark 8/22/2005
OH so true, so true gf!(bty, I'm back!) Surgery went well! I'm country to the bone but listening to these classic singer song writters is like going home. Patsy Cline, My God what a voice! Music that touched the heart and told a story. I enjoy doing karoke from time to time and its these "older" songs I enjoy the most. I have to say that I am still a sucker for Vince Gills voice and Collin Rays older stuff. They can sing me to sleep any night! God bless ya! I have a lot of catching up to do with my favorite poets. Keep up the good work!

Hugs
Tina
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 8/15/2005
Nice to remember when country wasn't associated with size 4 women, low cut hip hugging jeans and commercialized sex. Even I loved Junior Sample on Hee Haw playing the jug with Gran'pa Jones.
blessin's and Hugs and thanks for the mem'ries Sis. K.
cynth'ya
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/23/2005
Thank you,thank you, thank you Karen. No truer words were said. Although I do happen to like Shania and Martina McBride, the rest are just Nashville's window dressing. I also like Trisha Yearwood, but she has gotten away from her original mood. I think there is more Garth Brooks in what she does now. But the legends of country music will always be there in my heart. and what was he called??? Th Tennessee Blue Yodler, Will Rogers??? We cannot forget him no matter how we try. Patsy Montana, Hank Williams, Sr. Kitty Wells, and the list is endless. Just like the movie making they do today, today's country is not even country anymore, but really pop music. Thnx for sharing sis. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and be with you aways,a nd at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, stubborn to a fault, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 7/20/2005
Dear Karen,

Although I wasn't raised on "country music" I certainly can appreciate it, however with grown boys, you soon learn to adapt or die lol. Rap, hip hop oh the list is endless, but thank God no Heavy Metal "my ears would cease" A good write Karen.

Warm hugs and love
Elga
Reviewed by Tracey O' 7/8/2005
A Beautiful Delightful poem of the greatest songs and artists of all. Patsy Cline's nephew is right here amongst us. Now you forgot Ol' Roy Clark doin' that a pickin' and a grinnin'!
Thanks Karen I enjoyed this poem and all the tunes going through my head and all the great artists. Minnie Pearl, I love her. (c :)
Tracey
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 7/6/2005
They did make some great music and looked like real people making it easy to believe...Original and imaginative write
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 7/4/2005
Karen this is great. Listen to music has a way of making you write to the bone or heart. I love Tammy, Dolly, Willie, George, Merle, and Waylon. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Reviewed by Iva Lawson 7/3/2005
Every morning I woke to the sound of my Dad's alarm clock radio blaring these classics. God knows as a teen, I hated the sound of that thing, but it got into my soul. The lyrics were about life and the performers sang from the gut with the gift God gave 'em. Today, I'm still in love with the soul of it. Give me some good old Southen Rock and I'm good. Again, the dollar bill has raped and pillaged the classics. he he he.
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 7/3/2005
Ahh now this i can relate and agree with, its about looks now not talent, give me back the originals anyday instead of these plastic fakes, well done here Karen you've made a very valid point in a very nice way, take good care...Mark x
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/2/2005
I love blue grass Karen !
You can't beat the old banjo and fiddle !
Peter
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 7/2/2005
I agree with you 100%, love the old stuff the best.

Happy 4th
Love, Janny xoxoxo
Reviewed by Nikola Novak (Reader) 7/1/2005
Nice rythm, and I love the rhyme. It gives the song a good feel of joy, one which comes from remembering the good old times when music was worth listening to. I don't listen to country really. I basically search the old, classical tunes and some new melodies for my enjoyment. Nicely done!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/1/2005
So true Karen! It is so rare when a good song comes on now days!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Walter Jones 6/28/2005
lovely for sure, sweet to the ears, smiles, and more, Walt
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/28/2005
Great write friend~`*
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/26/2005
Hmmm... this is a bit out of my league... will The Dixie Chicks do?! Or the Jayhawks?! I think I get my Bluegrass mixed up with the green one... How about George Clooney's outfit in "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?!"... How about George Clooney full stop... now you're getting me off track completely... Darling, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! All this smoke inhalation from all the candles (!!:) has gone to me head, but bless you and I hope you and the Kid Karla have had a wonderful time! Keep on keepin on keepin us up to speed with Ronee et al and Patsy Cline; "Stand By Your Men And Women", Babe!! LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 6/26/2005

I agree whole-heartedly!
I spent a big part of my life listening
to Emmy lou harris, Linda Ronstadt, Willy Nelson
and Roy Orbeson.oH! and let's not forget dolly!!!
Real country is the best and truest music of real life
story telling events with voices most of the time that Rock!!!

ALL THE BEST COUNTRY TO YOU',
Rich Criso Suarez
Reviewed by Duke LaRance 6/26/2005
Modern Country? It's a show put on by purty boyz (and girlz)in big hats and pointy toed boots.... -- duke
Reviewed by Maxine Morse 6/25/2005
very creative, it made me smile.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/25/2005
A great tribute to country music, Karen. Thank you for sharing. Bonne fête pour demain. Amour et paix. Ton ami de la C-B, Canada. Régis
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/25/2005
Girl...the truths you bring forth in this poem are SO "right on"! Guess I have my "druthers", too, when it comes to Country; don't even watch the Country awards show anymore. Can I add Eddy Arnold to your list? Now, that's going back some :o)

Micke
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/24/2005
know what you mean Karen
now they have clowns singing about their pickup trucks
and how cute his jerky girlfriend looked while crashing it

someone..... dang me, dang me, why don't you take a rope and hanf me
hang me from the highest treeeeeeeeee, woman don't you weep for me.

William ......Peace & Love
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 6/23/2005
Good lament! You should turn it into a country song for Ronee' to sing.
Reviewed by Edward Lupinacci 6/23/2005
I was tempted to really go off on this poem because of the subject
because I despise country music but you have done such a lovely job writing about it I decided to keep my opinions to myself

Yeah right like I am not going to say country music should go in the same pail as rap
take the C from country and the rest from rap and you have Crap LOL

But I loved the poem
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/22/2005
You've said it! I was puzzled by the American Idol.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/22/2005
NOOOOOOO, please no country music. OK.
All my ex's live in Texas, la la la la
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 6/21/2005
They mostly cross over to pop these days...very nice writing
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/21/2005
i want REAL country, music that really thunders!

Since I love country just about as much as I love the Blues, so do I, Karen! And more love sick, pickup truck, puppy dog songs, too.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 6/21/2005
Karen,
I totally agree...What happened to the talent part of the art? Well actually they have talent, they just never tap into it. They are all too busy flashing the body and the jewels, to delve into what got them there. It's alot like a mirage...it's there, they just forget to believe.
Great write Karen!

Lisa
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 6/20/2005
These days the dancing and the videos are more important than the singing. I guess all things must change.
A fine write

Take care
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/20/2005
I will admit I do enjoy some of the new country.........I too miss the old country :-) I grew on it.......even though I was rock and rolling all the way! Loved this write....

I find if you have heard one of Shania's songs........you have heard them all......same beat. But you have to admit it is a good beat.
Reviewed by Steve Patterson 6/20/2005
in tx
me
Reviewed by Lori Moore 6/20/2005
Country is alive and well... but it doesn't often visit Nashville.
Reviewed by * ashura 6/20/2005
I'm a duelling banjos fan. Foot-stomping stuff. ALL music now is about image. That's why the music scene sux bigtime.How about Willie Nelson meets Beethoven? That'd be a sellout ... lol

hugz

michael ...
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 6/20/2005
I agree, besides George Strait, Reba, Garth and an odd love for Rascal Flatts, I'll take the old stuff, too. Shania needs more clothes, Toby Keith seems to be in love with himself and in general, music is not the same. Who cares if Kenny Chesney married Renee Zellweger. All we care about is will he write a good, cheating song when it ends, less than a year from now! I'm partial to Kenny Rogers, myself. "The Gambler"... all the way. But, I like my Oldies and Classic Rock from the 50's, 60's & 70's, too. This new age "music" in that genre is noise, to me!
Take care,
Jill

P.S. I am a little partial to one new artist, though. Erika Jo, who won "Nashville Star" is from Angleton, TX and her grandparents are from Jackson, Ohio, my childhood home. They run the local pizza place and for an 18-year old, she does have a good, strong voice. She released her 1st CD on June 14th.
Reviewed by Dave Harm 6/20/2005
Great poem... but for me, like Billy Joel sings, "Got to be rock & roll music, if you want to dance with me." Classic rock, that is... anyway country music will always live on, things go in cycles and it will return...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/20/2005
Wonderful poem Karen you should write more of them.
I doubt if country music will ever go back to before the cross-over when it seems along with the feminist movement everything became blended(genderless;-) the price of so-called progress!

Eileen
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/20/2005
Great write, but I love Keith Urban, kind of cute LOL! My favorite is Reba though
God Bless
Michelle!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/20/2005
Karen,

You were the one who introduced me to country music; you were nine when you began listening to it (and boy, did I make fun of you). Well now, see where it got me--I love country better than anything! I'll still listen to other genres of music, but country music is where it's at! :) You're sadly right: it seems that nowadays, there's no originality; everyone's a copycat or pin up poster. Bring back the good ole days!!

An excellent poem--well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)



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