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Grand Ole Opry Dreams...: Harold's Story, Part One.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

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An aspiring country singer writes of the joys and frustrations of trying to make it in the music business.

Was inspired to write this story after watching a video on YouTube of Little Jimmy Dickens singing "Another Bridge To Burn", one of my all time favorite country songs! (Love Little Jimmy Dickens, too! :) ) Enjoy!

My name is Harold.  Harold Dickey.  I live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with my mamma and little brother.  I work at a factory five days a week; however, on the weekends, chances are you will find me singing at any of the local honky tonks, bars, festivals, or anywhere else people'll gather.

I want to be a country singer.  It is a dream I've held since I was but a wee child back in the fifties.  I'm now just over the age of fifty, and the dream still burns as brightly as ever.

To me, there is no satisfaction in entertaining people with my ability to sing or pick guitar; I know all the old great songs.  "Another Bridge To Burn", "Take An Old Tater And Wait", "Out Behind The Barn", and "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" by Jimmy Dickens.  "Waltz Across Texas", "Thanks A Lot", "I'm Walkin' The Floor Over You" by the great Ernie Tubb.  "He Thinks I Still Care", "The Race Is On", and "White Lightnin'" by George Jones.

Oh, yeah, that was some great music back then.

Today's country, sadly, doesn't have the same soul.  And it ain't even country.  To me, it's nothin' more than watered down pop or rock music.  All they do is stick a fiddle or steel guitar in it, and they claim it is country when it is anything but.

It's pathetic what Nashville has done to country music.  I haven't been to a country show since last year when Loretta Lynn came to Oshkosh to perform at our county fair.  Doesn't look like I'll be going to another anytime soon, unless someone like Allan Jackson, George Strait (or Jones), or Jimmy Dickens has been booked to sing there at the county fair this year.

Nope:  just checked.  "Rascal Flatts".  Not exactly my cup of tea.

Anyway, back to my story.  I have been performing in the hopes of making it in music.  Most people at one time or another have that dream.  I long to be the next George Jones or Ernest Tubb, or maybe even the next George Strait or Josh Turner.  Or Allan Jackson.  (George Strait, Allan, and Josh Turner, though young, still follow the footsteps of the old country masters; maybe country music has some life in it yet! :) )

I have been performing steadily for the past six years; I have had people tell me I should go to Nashville to cut a record.  They tell me I'm that good.

I've been trying to get to Nashville; however, I don't have the way to get there, plus I spend my time taking care of my brother (he's retarded) when I'm not performing or working.  He takes up a lot of my time.  He's almost sixty, with the mind of a three year old.  He needs to be watched every minute, or else he could get into serious trouble.

I don't give up on my dreamin', though.  Nearly every night, I dream the same dream:  walking on stage of the hallowed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, where I then enthrall the fans with another golden country classic.  I wake up with a song in my heart and a smile on my face.

I'm waitin' for that call for someone to tell me that I'm going to Nashville.  So far it hasn't happened, but I'm not giving up hope.  I am a very patient person.

Well, Jimmy is calling me (that's my brother's name), so I will go, see what he wants.  I will be writing in here again, so you can chart my progress to make it in music.  You haven't heard the last from me!

Take care and may God bless you!

~Harold X. Dickey, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.





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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/19/2009
I have always believed a dream never dies just the dreamer, so keep on dreaming and make your dreams come true. Thank you for sharing. I Love Country.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/19/2009
I've never really been into "Country" although there are a few old time songs that I like... Usually by Tex Ritter or Hank Williams and... Okay, I'll jump forward a whole bunch of years and add Kenny Rogers to my list, and as the moralistic things that gave us our values in the past are falling by the wayside, why not good music.
Hell, I still listen to and like Al Jolson.
Your friend in Southern California, Mark
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/19/2009
Great story, but I love Rascall Flatts, still a great write
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 6/19/2009
Dreams are the great motivator of life. Well done, Karen!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/19/2009
Dreams, don't ever man should give up on them, just look at Susan Boyle and belt a few more songs!


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/19/2009's a good thing to have...for without it, dreams can't really become a reality, can they? Nice story, Karen.
Reviewed by Linda Settles 6/18/2009
This is a story of dreams and tender hearts and nostalgia. A joy to read.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 6/18/2009
These are dreams of many musicians who perform locally. They want to get out and entertain the crowds but they would like a little recognition. And it is Alan Jackson hun, not Allan. But even with that error you have written a very good story of a man who wants to go to Opryland, USA in Nashville and perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage. There is nothing wrong with dreaming. I dream of bigger and better things too. You have done a wonderful job sis in writing this story of a man who not only dreams but takes care of his retarded brother too. That is what endears this story to my heart, that this man can dream and yet be compassionate. Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and who love you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/18/2009
Great story, Karen. Very well written.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/18/2009

That was good ole music back then, there are a few shining exceptions to today's country - Joe Diffie, Collin Raye, Reba, Randy Travis, to name a few. Other than that, it's cookie cutter, assembly line music. *sigh* Bring back the true country music! Well done, and hope Harold gets that call!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 6/18/2009
I sure hope he gets a call Karen. Sounds like he is very dedicated. Hope he makes it.Oops- ya got me involved with your story again.Love your stories.

With Love,

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