Like I said yesterday, I’m keeping things short and sweet this weekend.
Anyone who knows where I am and why this weekend will know why this an appropriate record.
And if you don’t know where I am and why this weekend, it’s because I haven’t told you. So don’t ask.
Don Williams – I Believe In You
The thing about taking a hiatus, as I did recently, is that stuff still happens.
And much as I tried to take Alyson’s advice to resist the temptation to read other blogs whilst I was “resting up”, I couldn’t, and so it was that I found out that the “Gentle Giant” of country music, Don Williams had died.
He’s probably best known for this coming-of-age tale:
Don Williams – I Recall a Gypsy Woman
But there were many other wonderful songs in his back catalogue, one of which has featured here before, so I’ll skip that one and play a couple more:
Don Williams – Amanda
Don Williams – I’m Just a Country Boy
And this, covered by Eric Clapton back in 1978 (and listening to it, you can hear why he would):
Don Williams – Tulsa Time
Some of those lyrics are pure poetry. He may not have written them all, but he sure had an ear for a good rhyme and a tune.
He’ll be much missed round these parts.
Today, another record by an artist who was very much a staple of my youth, in that my Dad owned a couple of his albums and they got played regularly.
Don Williams always seemed to be a laid back cowboy to me, his lugubrious drawl and spectacular sideburns a cool combination.
This is a little schmaltzy maybe, but it is rather great:
Don Williams – You’re My Best Friend