Friday, September 23, 2016

Show #100: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys!!!

Hi everyone,

Wow, 100 shows in nearly 8 years on the air. Never woulda thunk it :)

This 100th episode is, I guess, for me, but to share too. When I was little, long before I knew about Boards of Canada or Shpongle or Orbital or John Zorn or ANYBODY, I found in the attic a record called For the Last Time by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (from 1974). I had a phonograph that nobody was using, and this was the first record I had for it.

I loved his yelps and yodels when he was excited. I loved his band. Happy songs, sad songs, all made to dance to. So I danced up in that attic a lot of days, by myself. Maybe people heard me and let me be. I don't know. But I think my love of music, like the kind of love that sticks deep and stays, began with Bob Wills.

It was his last record. He was old and sick, and he fell into a coma after the first day of recording with his old band that he had summoned for one more session. The next day, these old friends finished the record for him.

I didn't know any of this. I heard only love and happiness in it all. That's the part I think he wanted most to share.

For fun, I added some songs to fill out the hour from his glory days back in the '40s. Enjoy :) And thanks for listening. I feel so lucky to have a show!


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