The Wonderful Goober Pea

Most folks from middle America - especially southerners - know what a goober pea is, but for the benefit of the city-slickers I probably should elucidate. The humble goober pea is also variously known as a groundnut, pindar, monkey nut, and. . .peanut. This isn't the first time peanuts have appeared on the GMC in … Continue reading The Wonderful Goober Pea

The Ballad Of Thunder Road

I've never made a secret of the fact that some of my family originally came from the Kentucky hills. I can't say that I know a lot of specifics about them, but in that area in those days it's a good bet that there was a bootlegger or two among them. After all, it's been … Continue reading The Ballad Of Thunder Road

Titles That Tickle

This might sound like another example of our Saluting Silly Songs feature, but it's not. All we're interested in today are strange song titles that tickle our fancy. If you haven't had yours tickled lately, these might do the trick. This post started when I was chuckling to myself about a memory of my son … Continue reading Titles That Tickle

Country Catalyst: A Sailor’s Dream

It's been a while since we had a Country Catalyst, the special feature that spotlights a country song that might open the eyes (and ears) of mainstream music fans. Today's example is a piece that could be classified as soft pop or folk music, but it certainly began life as a country song -- even … Continue reading Country Catalyst: A Sailor’s Dream

Music Appreciation 3.0

I've written before about the way my musical tastes have changed and broadened through the years (Music Appreciation 2.0). And I've sometimes talked about how my personal music collection has evolved from platters to tapes to CDs, and then to digital MP3 files on my computer. But now I've pretty much moved on to the … Continue reading Music Appreciation 3.0

Saluting Silly Songs — The Song Butchers

Several years ago I began a new feature called Saluting Silly Songs, a series of posts that spotlighted goofy songs and the talented artists who performed them. To name just a few; Weird Al Yankovic, Spike Jones, and Commander Cody come to mind. Today's featured duo built their career on a collection of hilarious parodies … Continue reading Saluting Silly Songs — The Song Butchers

Sight For Sore Eyes

In addition to being the title of a song by Aerosmith, Tom Waits, Vince Gill and a few others, "Sight For Sore Eyes" sort of relates to what's about to happen to me. Tomorrow morning I'll be undergoing the first of my cataract surgeries, beginning with my left eye -- the weaker of the two. … Continue reading Sight For Sore Eyes

Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man

I remember Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" from back in the early Sixties when it was a number-one hit for him. It's all about a travelin' man who has been all over the map, and he  proceeds to rapidly list all the places he's been, many of them with colorful or odd names. But it … Continue reading Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man

Jukeboxes I Have Known

(Note: this is the last post I had ready to go before my hospital adventure. From now on I'll have to come up with some new ones, so wish me luck! BG) A good friend of mine, who has been gone for many years now, had a working vintage jukebox in his living room. But … Continue reading Jukeboxes I Have Known

About Those Sore Aching Knees

Something a little different today, but it's in a good cause and I promise to close with some appropriate music. (Although this is a tough subject to find music videos about!) I read an interesting article recently that was critical of how some of the biggest health insurance companies will not pay for a cheaper … Continue reading About Those Sore Aching Knees