Today was a tough day
I like to be open and honest. Lots of DJ's put on personas that mask who they really are. I can't do that. If you follow my Facebook or Twitter, you'll see that I'm pretty blunt on a lot of things. Social Media followers and listeners aren't dumb, so I'm not going to treat them that way. I say all that to say this, I'm man enough to admit that I spent most of the day in tears.
I get to work and find out that a really good friend of mine lost his cousin to cancer. Cancer sucks, I hate cancer. So that had me emotionally off a little to start out. Then I just couldn't pass up watching the funeral for George Jones.
Seeing all of these legendary country music icons in one place honoring the Possum was amazing. Perhaps my favorie part of the service was Charlie Daniels speaking his mind:
He never strayed from his roots, never tried to go with trends or fads or sound like the next big thing coming off Music Row. He just kept on being George Jones and in this modern day of follow-the-leader, cookie cutter, "whatever radio will play" sameness. George stood head and shoulders above the fray, kept right on doing it his way and we all loved him for it.
WOW! To me, he spoke truth. This is something that a lot of people are afraid to say, but it was dead on true. I kept looking for the audio of it to post so you could hear the applause that recieved, but was mysteriously absent from any show prep stuff I looked at. There were quotes from just about everyone else, but that quote wasn't there. Is it a conspiracy? Let's just start the rumor and say yes.
Now that I'm off the rumor tree, here's what may be the most touching tribute song that was done. Vince Gill and Patty Loveless got up to sing a song that's probably played at half of the funerals I've gone to. They sang "Go Rest High On The Mountain." There was a video circulating around the internet earlier, but it has been removed. Hopefully they'll officially release most of the performances of the day, as they were all amazing. The thing that made Vince and Patty's so good was the emotion shown by Vince. He broke down crying a number of times. You know when you see people get emotional at tributes, and you question if they're just doing it for the camera? Well this was the exact opposite. It was obvious that he was singing to a man he loved and one that he will miss dearly. This world needs more Vince Gill
If you are able to find video of the ceremony, please take the time to watch the whole thing. It's moving and touching. Hopefully the "Powers That Be" will recognize that so many stood up and applauded genuine country music. Maybe they'll say to themselves "You know, there's still a place for traditional country music. Let's add more twang, fiddle, and steel guitar to the songs we're putting out!" Well, that's my prayer at least, haha.