Hold the Stuffing and Pass the Rock ‘n Roll

musings 250_edited-1I was really having trouble coming up with a topic for this edition of Music Musings.  No new CD’s, concerts, or books since the last column.  No one really made me angry in the music world lately, so I was at my wits’ end.  Then it hit me!  Next week is Thanksgiving!  What am I thankful for musically?  While I am thankful for health, family, housing, employment, etc.; I have decided to express my thanks for specific musical things.  In no certain order, I am thankful for:

  • My girlfriend (and later wife) asking me to volunteer at the Nashville Junior League’s Balloon Festival back in the early 90’s.  Because of this, I was there to see the Moody Blues with the Nashville Symphony under the stars.  This was the first time I heard rock music and a symphony combined.
  • Eddie Van Halen working a paper route to pay for his drum kit as a child.  If he hadn’t, Alex Van Halen wouldn’t have had the opportunity to take over Eddie’s drums.  As a result, Eddie took up Alex’s guitar and the rest is history as they say.
  • The local choir director pushing me out of my comfort zone.  If she hadn’t, I wouldn’t be singing in the church choir where I have permanent seat on the back row where me and my fellow basses live in the basement of the musical range.
  • Moving to South Cheatham County where I have lived in Pegram and Kingston Springs.  If I wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have made several friendships in the music world.  I treasure not only these friendships, but the music world I am connected to through them.
  • Les Paul wondering what an amplified guitar would sound like.
  • Getting to go to four of Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jams.  These concerts allowed me to see artists that I would have never seen before like James Brown, Roy Acuff, Quarterflash, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchett, etc.  What is the Volunteer Jam?  Google it.
  • My 32 gb iPod that allows me to put 3,500+ songs on shuffle.
  • Living in Music City USA and getting to see things that only happen in Nashville.
  • Discovering Jimmy Buffett several years ago.  I get his lifestyle and him.
  • Becoming a Jimmy Buffett fan which allowed me to discover Mac McAnally.

Lastly, I would like to thank you – the readers of Music Musings on the BeaverDam blog.  While we may never meet, I hope my rambling stories give you a chance to escape the real world for a while and maybe stir up a memory of so.  Hopefully, you discovered a new artist or learned about something while reading my virtual birdcage liner.  Of course, thanks also go to the BeaverDamusa.com website and my college roomie and dear friend Barry for asking me one day to write for his site.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Pause for a second and be thankful for not just musical things, but for all the things we are blessed to have.

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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