July 22, 2007
Originally published January 26, 2002
Country Music TV is having an all-night tribute to bluegrass, and I am enjoying it tremendously. THAT IS MUSIC! They just finished a feature on Bill Monroe. I saw him play once, and I thought he was impressive, for an OLD FART, but CMT unveiled ancient, archeological films and recordings from when Bill was in his prime. He doesn't receive the credit he deserves for being a mover and shaker in our popular culture. That sucker was GOOD and he plied his trade for SEVENTY YEARS!
The one thing I've done correctly in my life is to escape college and retire for six years right off the bat. I was a bar room musician before anyone ever heard of herpies, let alone AIDS. I had many adventures, sowed many wild oats and my 18-year old daughter is the result of the only time I ever even THOUGHT about being serious back in those days. I wouldn't want to go back and do it again, but I wouldn't trade the memories for anything.
Now I'm an old fart, working in a chemical plant. I have two ex-wives. I fathered two ex-children. I believe I've had all the adventures any man needs in one life. I wish I had a companion to sleep with tonight. But as my 90-year old grandmother says, "Wish in one hand and shit in the other. See which fills up first."
Sometimes you end up with two hands full of something you never wished for.
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