Quieting the Monkey Mind on a Wednesday

Thank you Gary Hensel. I will try.

Wednesday , September 12, 2018

Don’t wanna get knocked off my high horse too early in the morning.

I just wanna drink my coffee, write my commentaries and listen to great Country Music. That is why I hide out in my bunker studio because here in the Great North West it’s early in the morning and folks are cranky. However, over there in Texas , they have a 2 hour jump on us and the East Coast a 3 . So feel free my friends in those counterparts to pipe up. Though I did hear from my would be cousin Justin McWilliams, a Bakersfield boy who has no problem with music Deep in the Red Dirt in  his coffee in the wee hours of the morning.

Listening to tunes from Jason Isbell, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Jesse Raub Jr. and amazing country artist Cody Johnson.

Random : JJ’s Coffee n’ Thoughts:

Can you believe back in the day , Merle was busy worrying when  a Ford or  Chevy wouldn’t last 10 years. Don’t get me wrong , I love the new models but I really love the old ones. Even if they did break down on the side of the road sometimes.  You know these old heavy metal trucks sure were built tough and the engine couldn’t have been too complicated at least not in my brain if my Dad, no mechanic, jack of all trades would set to gandering under the hood! He’d have her up and running like Diamonds and Gasoline in no Time. By the way great song by The Turnpike Troubadours and we are playing music with the roots Deep in the Red Dirt.

We talked about the essentials and 101 of becoming a not necessarily successful amateur musician. One  is not only sitting properly in your office chair, which is difficult for me when the foundation is bent and there are no brakes on the wheels. I’m like a pin ball or marble rolling toward the wall but at least hold your guitar right and sit up properly while playing . Try not to wind up with carpel Tunnel and don’t tweak your wrist while you hold the neck of the guitar.

So lets take a lesson from David Allen Coe’s song The Ride.   

  1. You need to be able to make folks cry when you sing.
  2. You need to be able to pay your dues: buy a guitar, do what I did . Hawk Shop: Tuner. Learn what all six strings mean. Hope you can afford a tuner as well because if you can’t you may have to go busking for some change unless you tune by ear. You’ll be on the corner singing with an out of tune ; hawk shop guitar so I hope you’ve got decent vocals or you’ll be up the creek without a tune in the bucket.
  3. You need to be able to moan the blues

We stopped for a break and listened to Hank Williams moaning The Blues.

Really you can take it from Hank, Willy, Waylon, Merle or Cash and if you apply the concept; you may have solid, country, Gold!!

This has been another Morning Cup ReCap with me JJ!

Jeri James , Red Dirt Host, Owner

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