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Since volunteering to do this a week ago, I have put a lot of thought into it. My first thought was that I would pull from Country & Western or Classical music. Those are the genres I grew up with, and they are what I think of when I think of the classics. And EJ had taken from his favorite era and genre last week.
On the other hand, I wanted to honor Randy. I looked for a song about left-handers since I used to harass him for being sinister. I didn’t find much, and what I found was not what anyone would call a classic. Thus, I turned to lists, such as the top singles for various years and dates. I thought about taking one of the top singles for July of 1962, but nothing on the list jumped out at me as something that was proper and fitting, although Claude King’s “Wolverton Mountain” was tempting. (Did I mention I grew up on Country & Western?)
As I was searching for and listening to possibilities, I had the YouTube up. After listening to one more song I didn’t think would work, I popped back to the YouTube main page. This song was one of those featured on what YouTube was recommending for me. I have no idea why it came up. I was searching for 1960s rock songs, not blues or ragtime from the 1920s. But as soon as I saw it, I knew that was a classic American song. Not only that, but it mentions Tennessee, Randy Weaver’s state. Sometimes, we’re led, and if we’re smart, we follow.
Who will be taking the helm next week? Step forward, or just stand there as the rest of us take one step back. Keeping the tradition alive depends on you. Who has a classic song they want to feature? Are you next?Published in