“My Favorite Memory”
Written by Merle Haggard
#1 (1 week)
November 28, 1981
The Back to the Barrooms album was an indication that Merle Haggard was entering another creative high point in his lengthy career. After the top five “Misery and Gin” and the number one classic, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” the album produced an additional top ten hit in “Leonard.” Haggard finished his brief run at MCA with the live album Rainbow Stew, which produced the top five title track.
Joining the Epic roster, Haggard previewed his landmark Big City album with an unassuming lead single that has been overshadowed by the album’s other releases, but it is a damn fine record in its own right. He doesn’t get nearly enough credit for being country music’s closest thing to Bob Dylan. Perhaps because Haggard is also such an excellent singer and interpreter of other writer’s material, it’s easy to take his songwriting prowess for granted.
“My Favorite Memory” showcases how his writing is both poetic and efficient. The brevity serves to highlight the beauty of his words. With an opening verse and chorus this beautifully written, not much more needs to be said:
The first time we met
Is a favorite memory of mine
They say time changes all it pertains to
But your memory is stronger than time
I guess everything does change
Except what you choose to recall
There’s a million good daydreams to dream on
But baby, you are my favorite memory of all
This kicks off a string of flawless singles from Big City. The title track is up next, and we’ll cover it early on in 1982.
“My Favorite Memory” gets an A.
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