Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Musical Memories - Yoakam, Dwight



My theme is Musical Memories:  The Memories that music brings rushing back.


In 1989, Dwight Yoakam was burning up the country charts and a very frequently played artist on the S.E. Texas airwaves.  This was the year I was pregnant with Bubba.  I was working at a job in Beaumont and commuting every day in my 1979 Mustang Cobra.  (Car enthusiasts, click the link.)

So, since I was decidedly into country music at the time, I often heard Dwight on my daily commutes.  My belly swelled, and my baby began to move. I found that on my drive, he would kick hard when a Yoakam tune came on.  And as my pregnancy progressed even more, he began to kick straight down, like we was trying to break free!


When I had purchased that car in 1979, Uncle Lenox said to Mama, as we signed the papers, "I just hope she doesn't kill herself."  (Too much motor for the weight of the car.)  Truth be told, that car and it's unique responsiveness probably saved my life on numerous occasions.  

One morning, driving in to work, with "Honky Tonk Man" blaring in the car (premium sound system with Jensen aftermarket speakers added) I was traveling in the left lane of the two westbound lanes of highway.  Right as we came up on the 11th street over pass, a car changed from the right lane headed straight into the side of me.  I swerved to the left and then spun that Mustang on the shoulder of the road through two complete rotations.  Kept it all on the paved shoulder, too! Dwight is still singing, never missing a beat. Bubba is still a kicking.  I breathed a prayer of thanks and started watching my rear view for the first opportunity to scat back into traffic.

And that's what I think about every time I hear that song.

Did you ever have a baby respond to music in the womb?
What was one of your hairiest near misses on the road?

   

20 comments:

  1. I also had a car that everyone thought I wouldn't be able to handle (and I drove it just fine). One day, someone traveling 20mph on the freeway swerved into my lane right in front of me.

    Because the car was responsive, I easily got out of the way, but a less responsive one would probably have seen me dead.

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    1. Funny how that works out sometimes, isn't it?

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  2. I love Dwight!! Matter of fact he is playing here in Dallas this weekend but I just heard about it yesterday. He has a new CD out that was released this month and its so good.
    I had a bad wreck a few years ago and I will never forget that I was listening to " My Maria" by Brooks and Dunn. I still like the song but if I am in the car, I change the station.

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    1. Love My Maria! Sorry you have some not so good memories associated with it. Glad you survived.

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  3. glad Dwight with his tunes was looking over you. I like Dwight as an actor. And I did Yoakum Texas today - great minds think alike! Almost Z...........can I assume ZZ Top? or is that too obvious.

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  4. Wow, you were lucky! Good thing you knew how to handle the car in a crisis.

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    1. I don't know, a responsive car, instincts and the grace of the Good Lord.

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  5. Wow, what a hair-raising moment. That must have been absolutely terrifying.
    Whilst in the womb, my Spawn loved 'The Rhythm Of Life' from the musical Sweet Charity. I used to play it before I went to work and before I went to bed at night. Thirteen years on and it's still one of his favourites.

    Just passing visiting to say thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog earlier. Much appreciated. :)

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    1. Thank you Lily Jo! it's sweet that he still likes his song.

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  6. I've never heard of him before! Wow, scary times. It's interesting how songs can trigger memories like that.

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    1. Yes, those triggers are what this challenge has been all about for me.

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  7. Yup, Dwight Yoakum...a Texas Country Singing Icon. You've said it all with his list of great tunes. Can't beat a Mustang for safe spinning on the shoulder of the road and Dwight for prepping a kickin' kid to be a Boot Scootin' Kicker.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
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    1. Your are right Sue. Bubba is still keepin' it country in his rig truck!

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  8. No hairy near-misses. Nope, got hit with that one...

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    1. I'm glad you haven't had to go through one. Been driving 39 years now, and I've had my fair share. But thank God they were misses!

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  9. I remember the name but not the songs, clearly I have some listening to do. I was going to ask if your son still liked that song but i see someone else answered it. That is aamazing:)

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    1. Bubba still likes classic country music, and things with a honky-tonk sound. But I don't know exactly how he feels about that song. Be a good question to ask him. ;)

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    1. Yep, that he is. Thanks for stopping by Mike.

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