A moment of silence for one of the greats … Vern Gosdin

gosdin You have to be pretty deep into country music to know about Gosdin, who died yesterday at 70. A wonderful songwriter, he was nicknamed “The Voice” and if you ever heard him sing you know why. He had a rich baritone, and once was described by Tammy Wynette as "the only other singer who can hold a candle to George Jones."

He doesn’t break your heart the way Jones does – with that unexpected swoop – he just sings them straight at you and with his voice that’s enough. My favorite album is Chiseled in Stone from 1989. His songwriting was as direct and understated as his singing. And he could be damn funny, too. Check out

Nobody Calls From Vegas Just To Say Hello

It’s three o’clock in the morning
Phone’s ringing off the wall
It’s been months since you left
Funny that you’d call

I know you’re needing something
Your money running low?
Nobody call from Vegas
Just to say Hello

I’m tired of holding to this phone
Listening to your lies
Just about to lose control
This is my last goodbye

The next sound that you hear
Is gonna be me letting go
Nobody call from Vegas
Just to say Hello

Money don’t grow on trees
You can’t reep what you don’t sow
I may be crazy but I ain’t stupid and I know
Nobody call from Vegas just to say Hello

I wanted to believe you
When I picked up the phone
Says you was calling
Just to see what was going on

That casino in the background
Tells me buddy don’t you know
Nobody call from Vegas just to say Hello

Science proves what country music already knew: Booze makes you sad

Researchers at the University of Tokyo concluded that ethanol — an intoxicating agent in alcohol — does not cause memory to decrease, as widely believed, but instead locks it in place. The researchers, led by pharmacology professor Norio Matsuki, gave mild shocks to lab rats to condition them to fear. As a result, the rats would freeze in terror and curl up the moment they were put in their cages.

I hope the research paper cites “Haggard, Merle: Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down

I hate it when they’re funnier than I am, Part 2: Social Terror Networking

Damn you, BOROWITZ!!!

After successfully sponsoring several of the presidential debates, Facebook is spreading its wings once more, announcing today that it would become the official co-sponsor of the United States’ war on terror.

In snagging the coveted anti-terrorism sponsorship, the popular networking site beat out two of its rivals, MySpace and YouTube, who had also vied to co-sponsor the global struggle against Islamic extremism.

As if that wasn’t enough to piss me off, he’s also written:

Obama Wins Country Music Entertainer of the Year … Coming off a weekend in which he racked up victories in Nebraska, Washington, Louisiana, the Virgin Islands and Maine, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) extended his amazing winning streak today by being named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year. For Mr. Obama, who is not a country music entertainer, the award represents a significant upset since it had been expected to go to longtime country favorite Kenny Chesney.

Oh, hell … stop reading me and go read him. I surrender. This blog will now be devoted to knitting and those few other topics I know even less about than politics, marketing & humor.