July 27, 2008
You know what's fun? Accidentally erasing your iPod! I'm already hours into refilling it, and i still have more than 4,000 songs to go.
Anyway, looking at all of the songs reminds me of just how long I've been a country music fan. There used to be a radio station in New York City with a daily feature called “Country Convert Song.” Listeners would call the station and share the song that made them a country music fan.
Now, I've been surrounded by country music for as long as I can remember. My parents were huge fans. Their song was Billie Jo Spears' “Blanket on the Ground.” Long car trips were dominated by mix tapes of Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, Ronnie Milsap, Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, John Conlee and Conway Twitty.
But even though I liked some of the songs, it was definitely mom and dad's music. Then, when I was in six
th grade, a show called Hot Country Nights was on television. My mom insisted we watch it, and this was back in the “no cable and only one tv and it's in the living room” days. She was excited to see Ricky Van Shelton or Kenny Rogers or something.
Out came one of the new country stars of the early nineties, debuting her new single. Readers won't be shocked by who it was. I remember watching Pam Tillis sing “Maybe it Was Memphis” and it was like an epiphany. Music can be this good? Really?
From that point on, whenever we spent our weekends in Pennsylvania, I would be glued to CMT day and night. Seventeen years later, it's still the music I listen to the most.
Too late to be a long story short, but that's my country convert song: Pam Tillis, “Maybe it Was Memphis.” What was yours?