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Jammin' On Saturday Night

Updated on August 7, 2012

I am an avid music fan, regularly listening to everything from Conway & Loretta singing "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" to Van Halen's "Jump". I listen to music when I'm cleaning, writing, whatever I'm doing! I have my all time favorites of course, who doesn't? But I don't limit myself to just those, I like my variety.

Billy and I have spent countless hours on many Friday and Saturday nights sitting on the tailgate with the radio bumping to some good tunes. In case you don't know, Billy is my boyfriend of 4 & 1/2 years. He doesn't like as much variety as I do when it comes to music, he prefers mostly old country and classic rock. One of his all time favorites is Jimmie Rodgers, aka 'The Singing Brakeman'. The nickname derived from his job as a brakeman for the railroad. No this isn't the Jimmy Rogers who sang the 60s hit Honeycomb. THIS Jimmie Rodgers lived and sang back in the 1920s. He was the first inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is known as "The Father of Country Music."

Billy often talks about growing up and he's told me a lot about is parents, Odessa and Robert Waldrep. His dad was also a Jimmie Rodgers fan. Billy remembers hearing the Singing Brakeman on the radio almost on a daily basis. Billy's dad passed away in 1989 and from then on, the music of Jimmie Rodgers has had special meaning for him. I'm a fan now too, of course. How could I not be?

On a different note, our tailgating is loaded with fun, at least we think so! One thing we often enjoy is the "Who sings this?" game! He always confuses Def Leppard and Van Halen and I often confuse Gene Watson and Tracy Lawrence! It all just adds up to good old fashioned fun!

It was way to hot last weekend to tailgate, heck it was like a sauna outside. No worries, we brought the cooler inside and danced barefoot in the living room! I want all my friends to know that as the cooler gets lighter, my dancing and singing get better and better, just ask Billy.

He's recently bought a contraption I haven't seen yet. It's a combination karaoke, amp, IPOD dock and I don't know what else. He's bringing it over tonight along with his guitar and dobro. I love to listen to him play!
I hope the cooler is heavy.

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    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for a wonderful comment! I know most of the names you mention, though I don't know Dale Watson, will have to google him. Waylon is one of my ALL TIME faces! Don't care too much for Willie, i respect his music and his fans, just not a have of mine. Love George Jones, he is Billy's all time favorite. his mom actually went to school with George Jones and years ago Billy helped build his house here in Texas... can you imagine?? So cool! Dolly, Dwight and Johnny are all legends too, and I enjoy listening to them.

      I think I do a pretty good job of being myself when I write! I do tend to write from life. Still trying to figure out how to write a how-to article! I know a college course won't teach me how to write, so to speak, but it will teach me what tools are needed how to utilize them to succeed.

      Thank you for stopping by to read! P.S. My maternal grandfather was born in Nova Scotia.

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      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      I saw Gene Watson's name - another awesome Watson you must check out is the fantastic Dale Watson and two of my favorities from Texas - Billie Joe Shaver and Jimmie Dale Gilmore - yes I am a big fan of country music too - Willie, Waylon, George Jones, Johnny Cash and of course Dolly and Dwight Yokum too - love the passion and the sense of fun in your writing and talk about creative writing class - my advice to any writer young or old when looking for inspiration is just to be yourself, find your own style , follow your heart - and the mind will always follow - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 8:22pm and yes another great one is Townes Van Zandt .....

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      6 years ago from Texas

      LOL I'll see what I can do !! Thanks for reading!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lindalou, one request - I want video! :) Billy singing and you dancing...ok, maybe just Billy singing and playing! :) Great hub, very fun to read. :)

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you friend! Oh, I've been meaning to mention to you that Billy has a brother named George whose nick name is Buck... Billy & Buck!! hahaha

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loved it! Gotta have a heavy cooler! LOL

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