Saturday, June 22, 2024

Saturday 9: I'll Never Get Out

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Hank Williams sings that his fishing pole is broke and the creek is full of sand. OK, so he can't spend his Saturday fishing. What are your Saturday plans?

A. It's horrid hot here, so my plans are to stay inside. Change the bed, maybe work on the bookkeeping. Or not.

2) He regrets how shabby his shoes are. Do you shop for shoes online, or do you prefer going to the store and trying them on?

A. The shoe store that I liked closed. I know what sneakers I wear and the size, so now I order them. But if I needed a different shoe, I would prefer to be able to try them on.

3) This was the last Hank Williams song to be released during his lifetime. Though he was only 29 when he died, he left an enduring mark on American music and is considered one of country music's greatest singer/songwriters. Who is your favorite country music performer?

A. I am not a big country music fan. I will go with Dolly Parton.

4) Elvis was a big fan, and his favorite Hank Williams song was "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." What's your favorite Elvis song?

A. My Way.

5) Johnny Cash was a big Hank Williams fan, too. He performed Hank's gospel song, "I Saw the Light" often in concert and during his guest starring role in a 1974 episode of Columbo. Did you watch Columbo, or do you stream it or catch it in reruns?

A. I have seen it occasionally, but I did not watch it regularly.

6) Hank was a prolific songwriter, composing songs on his guitar and then printing the lyrics by hand on notepaper. He never learned to read music. Can you read music?

A. I can, but not well. I have to stop and think about it and that's not really reading it. Guitar tab is music written specifically for guitar, and I can read that, too, but again, I have to stop and think about it. Mostly I play by ear. I just know when to change chords or hit a string or whatever.

7) When he was a teen, Hank sang and played his guitar on the sidewalk in front of a local radio station, making a little money and hoping to be discovered. His plan worked and he was occasionally invited in to play with the radio station's house band. Were you a hard-working teen?

A. I thought so. My parents probably thought differently. I did not work at McDonalds, but instead I played in a band, which required rehearsals and then we had gigs on Friday and Saturday nights. It gave me enough money for gas and whatever I needed. I also looked after my brother, helped my mother around the house, and helped my father on the farm. When I was 16, I spent my summers working at my father's office. I did my chores. As far as I'm concerned, I've always worked hard.

8) Hank suffered from a congenital spinal condition and began self-medicating with alcohol during his teen years. He was warned against this early on by country superstar Ray Acuff, but Hank was unable to deal with the pain without liquor. Can you recall wise advise you wish you'd taken, but didn't?

A. Not offhand, but I always try not to burn bridges. I'm sure I've left a few in flames, though.

9) Random question: What's your favorite Mexican food?

A. I have never eaten in a Mexican restaurant. That's something I need to remedy but I have no clue when it will happen.


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  1. Hi CD! You're my first stop! :D I had other things to say but what? You've never eaten in a Mexican restaurant? Yes, come up to MD and remedy that with us at La Tolteca. It's probably ½ a degree cooler, too. Haha.

    You sounded like a very hard-working kid to meet. Also, you were in a band as a kid?! You play guitar? Anything else? Why don't I know/remember this? Can I hear or see somehow? That's so cool!

    Finally, I'm pretty math-oriented, and need to try to earn some money, but do it from home. Is learning bookkeeping something you'd recommend?

  2. Maybe the Sat 9ers can take you out for Mexican! That would be so much fun. Mexican restaurants are probably my favorite. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend. ♥

  3. You played in a band? That sounds like a lot of fun, I took music lessons but was never good enough to actually perform with people.

  4. I couldn't think of anything recent or specific for #8, either.

  5. What sneakers do you wear? I got directed toward Brooks a couple of months ago and the Ariel model was recommended as it has more support than any other shoe plus it has "side rails" that add extra stability. I love them and I've run into a few others with foot problems that are wearing the same shoe and they report that they work great for them, too.

  6. I never met anyone that has not eaten in a Mexican restaurant. I think you would like it. Check revenues of places and decide where you want to go. Do you cook any Mexican food at home?


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