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Drugs ‘n’ Country

I’m sick. And tired.

Auditions for our middle school’s spring musical were this week.   As music director, I ran the singing part of the auditions so I had to do more than just show up with a pulse.   This means that I have to teach a little snippet of a song to the kids, practice with them, and actually pay attention to when they sang it.  I’m not a huge fan of this particular song, so you can imagine how I feel upon singing it about 60 times and listening to it 125 times.  Sick and tired.

But that’s not the sick and tired I was referring to.  With being “on” so much, working out like a fiend for our upcoming vacation, and LIFE I’m physically beat.   And on the way home from auditions the first night, my throat started feeling scratchy.  I thought it was just from all that singing, but it turned into a full-on hacking cough.  Then came the wooziness and full-body ache.

When I’m not feeling well, I engage in some really, really bizarre behavior and I think I’m scaring myself this time around.

I’ve listened to both sides of this album. TWICE.

Buck Owens LP


In case you missed it – I’m Asian.  I’m a high-maintenance hipster.  I don’t like leaving urban areas.   And this is what I usually feel about country music.

On that drive home I was flipping through the radio stations when I heard this classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song:



I’ve never done LSD, but I’m pretty sure that it feels like what I’ve got going on in my body right now – copious amounts of Sudafed, 2 espressos, a gallon of water, and perhaps half a bottle of Pinot.

Although songwriter John Fogerty denies it, that song has to be about a massive LSD trip.  He claims it was written for his 3-yr old son, much like John Lennon’s claim about Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.   The CCR song mentions “tambourines and elephants playing in a band,” “wondrous apparition provided by magician,” and “take a ride on the flyin’ spoon.”

Yeah right that’s not about drugs.

The song also mentions listening to Buck Owens, which reminded me that I had some Buck on vinyl.   Which may or may not have been purchased long ago when I was in “a different” mindset.

Buck is awesome, though. Here’s a clip from his days on “Hee Haw”


And here’s one of his big hits that Ringo Starr covered with the Beatles




Do you remember Hee-Haw? What bad decisions do you make when you’re sick?



About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

4 comments on “Drugs ‘n’ Country

  1. Duff's Wines
    December 12, 2014

    I too have had the hacking cough, aching body cold this fall. I found myself streaming Songza and took a particular liking to The Carpenters. Weird.
    And, I admit to indulging in hallucinogens and it wasn’t quite like that trip. But, then again I wasn’t sick with a talking tree and friends with faces sculpted by Salvador Dali.
    Get well and get those kids rock in’.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 12, 2014

      Thanks, you too! And Carpenters? I just checked again and somehow the vinyl I had of them disappeared. Maybe it’s better that way…

  2. dwdirwin
    December 12, 2014

    I remember watching Hee-Haw- we even lived in Oklahoma at the time- double whammy!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 12, 2014

      We lived in West Virginia when the show was in its prime. So we were in the hillbilly faction while you were in the cowboy one!!

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