Music Monday: Choctaw Bingo by James McMurtry

We took no-angel (our daughter’s nom de gerber) down to Texas over Christmas to see my wife’s family.  It was her first time on a plane.  The first flight was a quick hop affair, but that didn’t stop it from being the longest flight of our life as no-angel threw up on us over and over.  And over.  And over again.  Those poor people behind us, and their poor bags.  At some point you would think we would have learned our lesson about saying “at least she doesn’t have anything left in her.”

We should have give her some Benadryl.

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Music Monday: That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas) by Lyle Lovett

Living a bunch of different places will teach you an appreciation for places that welcome strangers.  There are many things to love about Texas.  But maybe the best is that, even if you’re not from Texas, Texas wants you anyway.

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Music Monday: Merry Christmas From the Family by Robert Earl Keen

Given the amount of snow we’re getting dumped on us right now, I probably should have finished putting the Christmas lights up already.  But everybody knows that the Christmas season officially begins after Thanksgiving.  Everybody except the local Christmas stations, at least.  There is only one song, though, that truly embodies the Christmas spirit: Merry Christmas From the Family by Robert Earl Keen.

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Music Monday: But You Like Country Music by Sunny Sweeney and Brennen Leigh

Before I started the blog, I sat down and made a tentative list of songs for Music Monday posts.  A list of dozens and dozens of songs.  Mostly stuff I’ve been listening to for years, but now that I have the blog I’m discovering new stuff at a faster than normal clip.  I somehow spent four years in Texas listening to Texas country and missed Sunny Sweeney.  I am rectifying that in a hurry (I hadn’t heard of Brennen Leigh, either, but I haven’t started digging into her stuff yet).  The hardest part of writing this post was picking which song to feature.

But You Like Country Music touches on a topic I have hit on before and will again: a big, diverse, free, open society only works if we can tolerate interacting with people who don’t share our views.  Some things are more important than politics, people.  Things like country music.

And dogs.

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