Music Monday: Photograph by Charlie Robison

[Edited to add: It hurts to hear that Charlie has been forced to retire. I am really, really glad that I got to see him in concert.]

Our daughter will never meet her aunt, her uncle, her paternal grandfather, her great-grandparents.  Thank God for photographs.

But for photographs we wouldn’t know just how much our daughter looks like her father did as a baby.

“Grandpa died early, before I could know, the man that they tell me, I take after so.”

I was lucky enough to get to spend a lot of time with my pawpaw and to meet my wife’s grandfather.

But if our daughter takes after my dad she will have to accept it on our word and a photograph.

Or if she wears her jacket like a cape and loves Jon Bon Jovi and dance like her aunt.

The photographs will be history for my daughter.  And not just for her.  For me, “it’s been so long my memory’s blind.”  The photographs are my history too.  And they still make me laugh.

Photograph is a great, great, song, from a true Texas Country musician, and it is one that, like This Cowboy’s Hat, entered my life at exactly the right time—the year after my dad died as I was starting my adult life in college.

The music video is just a collage made with video editing software and my God it is perfect in every way.

Photograph is off Robison’s album Good Times.


Music Monday is the brainchild of Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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4 thoughts on “Music Monday: Photograph by Charlie Robison

  1. My dad died the year I graduated law school. He never saw me graduate. He never got to meet my wife or meet my kids, and this part is probably the saddest for me. The pain never goes away, just settles back like a dull wintry ache. You have your moments when you walk around with a heavy heart and a song like this reminds you of all the good memories you have that will stay with you forever.

    Awesome post.

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