Author’s note: Click on the words in green throughout this article for links to related video clips. Click on the song title and artist’s name at the end of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the singer.

This song offers some of the most palpable imagery in music which takes me back to a time before twenty four hour cable TV stations and electronic sensory overload from all directions and sources. A time when you could sit outside at night and be content that all was good in the world when the sights, sounds, and smells on a summer evening were more engaging and satisfying than anything the TV could deliver.




-Mama used to roll her hair
Back before the central air
We’d sit outside and watch the stars at night
She’s tell me to make a wish
I’d wish we both could fly
I don’t think she’s seen the sky
Since we got the satellite dish
I can hear the marching band
Doing the best they can to play
Smoke on the Water
And Joy to the World

-James McMurtry,  Levelland