Life Memoirs miranda lambert

Wedded Life Wednesday: Ups and downs and all arounds. . .

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Last weekend hubby and I drove two hours east to see my former student and country superstar Miranda Lambert in concert.  Hubby really does not like country music at all, but he has been a trooper and accompanied me to many of her concerts.  I think the opportunity to shop at Bass Pro and eat at Fuddrucker’s was the real deciding factor, though.
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He took the night off from work–he is night supervisor at the local zoo–and we left early to spend the day in Shreveport/Bossier City.   We visited the nice and relatively new Louisiana Boardwalk, which borders the Red River where all the casinos are, and went to several of the shops along the boardwalk.

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The weather was perfect, although with a cold breeze, but it warmed up as the day went on.  We ended up with time to burn before the concert so we headed down “Antiques Row” which amounted to about four little antique malls.  NOT my idea of an antiques district.  Have these guys ever been to Gladewater or Jefferson, Texas?  Hubby doesn’t really like browsing antique shops either but he was patient and even showed some interest in some of the things he saw.
We then visited Horseshoe Casino and played some slots.  We limited ourselves to $20 but I came away with $68, which paid for our meal at Fuddrucker’s and a warm scarf for my neck.  It was cold!  Thanks, Jack Binion!  We are big spenders, yes? 

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Finally it was time for us to head over to the concert arena, Centurylink Center.  The doors were supposed to open at 6:30 and the concert at 7:30.  There was a huge line outside the doors, and when they finally opened, only four arena employees checked bags and tickets!  There were a few angry attendees, to say the least.  Hubby was a little annoyed.  I actually snapped at a lady who accused us of breaking in line.  Gunpowder and lead, baby!

We had no trouble finding our seats, but they were in the middle of a row, making it very difficult to move once we were seated, so I only got up once for a drink.  Teenagers were all around us, dressed in their cute little dresses and cowboy boots.  The adorable little teen girls next to hubby were the last straw on the camel’s back of patience for him.  Their constant screaming for Dierks Bentley and then Miranda Lambert, and their constant picture taking of themselves finally got to him.  His patience had run out.

When one of my favorite songs “Kerosene” began, I jumped up to sing and clap like I always do, and he tapped me and motioned for me to sit down, ruining the joy! Needless to say, I was bummed the rest of the evening, or at least toward him.

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The ride home was not amiable.  He finally explained why he had been so frustrated–which I knew anyway–and apologized, yes, apologized for ruining my night!  He felt bad about it!  I told him he didn’t ruin my night, just that song, and I would never ask him to go with me again to see a country concert.  

That was last Thursday night, almost a week ago.  Yesterday he asked me again if he had ruined my whole night.  He still felt bad about embarrassing me like he did.  

Up, down, all around.  Marriage is just like that.  Mad one minute, happy the next, ho-hum the next.  Just like life.  It’s crazy.  But I couldn’t imagine life without him.  Even if he doesn’t like my music.

Who wants to go with me next time Miranda comes to town?  I’ll need a date. . .



Random Friday: When Country was Country?

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town,  Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire.
All big names in today’s country music.
Then there are Dwight Yoakum, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Clint Black, and many others.

But these are not really country music artists to a certain generation.  According to my father’s generation, REAL country music includes names like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Bill Anderson, and many others.  This is the music I grew up on, what my parents call REAL country music.

Daddy came across this old magazine the other day called Country Song Roundup dated December 1969.  Check it out. . .

I love the way the pages have aged, and the difference in the fonts.  No glossiness here!

Remember Tommy Cash?  He appeared on the Johnny Cash Show back in the early 70’s.  I had forgotten about him!  (no offense, Tommy!)

Can you imagine subscribing to a magazine for $3.50?  Still hard to come by for many in those days.
The teacher in me found this last page interesting.  It seems even in 1969 there were alternative ways to earn a high school diploma!

It was entertaining and educational flipping through the pages of this magazine which is now a piece of history.  And whether or not you believe that today’s country music is the REAL deal, you have to realize that no matter what it really is, it goes by that name anyway.  There is at least one country music star who acknowledges that she owes her success to the country music of her parents and grandparents.  Miranda Lambert counts among her idols Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn.

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“Who would you most like to have dinner with living or dead?

I’d have to say Merle Haggard. He’s my No. 1 inspiration and my hero. I’ve been reading a lot about him lately and learning more about him, and I think he’d be a very interesting person to eat dinner with … I’ve met him a few times. It’s been kind of quick; there’s always handlers and people around rushing us everywhere. But to just sit down and talk with him would be a really cool experience. “

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“Loretta is one of my biggest heroes,” Miranda said. “I think she and I love and believe in the same kind of songwriting – authentic, no-holds-barred country songs. I know I’ve always thought that she is one of the strongest women in music, and I hope I can set that kind of example as well. I would love to have a career like hers where I am still making music that I love well into my later years.”

Is it really necessary to have

 to choose which is the REAL country?

I think you can love both.  Just like I do.

Or prefer the music of your own

generation, like my parents do.

Or the music in between.

It’s all music, and I’m thankful there

are enough genres for everyone’s individual


By the way, did I mention that I was one

of Miranda’s high school teachers?

Yep, I was!  More on that later. . .




Random Friday: "Sometimes I wish I lived in an Airstream. . ."

. . .Homemade curtains, lived just like a gypsy. . .”  Familiar lyrics to one of my favorite Miranda Lambert songs.  Have I mentioned that I was one of Miranda’s teachers in high school?  I ran the program that allowed her to graduate early so she could pursue her music career.  Operation Graduation not only allowed her to finish her high school credits while working late night gigs in East Texas, it was also responsible for graduating Mark “Tex” Adams, who built motorcycles for motocross superstars Travis Pastrana and James Stewart.  Sadly, Mark died earlier this year after being struck by a car while aiding a friend stranded on a highway in Florida.  Best friends Miranda and Mark graduated in 2002 and were also classmates of my son Matt’s.

Miranda snapped this photo with my phone at a Teachers Count photo shoot in Nashville!

Mark “Tex” Adams (image from here)

Many other students who might have dropped out of school were able to graduate under this alternative program, which I developed and directed for 19 years at Lindale High School.  Among my 300+ former students are nurses, business owners, college graduates, and also my own daughter and future son-in-law!  Alternative education is near and dear to my heart, as you can tell.  I have also been heavily involved in the Texas Association for Alternative Education, in which I am a past president.

This post was supposed to be about my love of Airstream campers, but I guess I will discuss that another time. . .my students matter so much more!

True love. . .(image from here)

April  xoxo