Polkadate May 2020. Hunkered down in the suburbs of Fayetteville. Last month we discussed about the importance of Texas to Lawrence Welk in his early years. We shall now dispel the image of Welk as someone who caused the decline of the popularity of polka music.
Columns & Opinions
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country, I thought last month's column was hard to write, until I sat down to pen this one. So much uncertainty, so much worrying, so much anxiety. I am comforted by a line from my latest favorite Bible reading from Romans - Hope does not disappoint.
Larry Sodek has been keeping the polka tradition alive by hosting his polka show on KVLG in La Grange for many years. Larry had plenty of positive things to say about his radio show.
The Essential Johnny Cash, is the perfect title for this album because it displays Johnny's musical abilities through the decades of his career. The first song on this album is Hey Porter, from Johnny's early days at Sun Records. This tune is so up tempo and jaunty that you almost forget the simplicity of its content (nothing more than a song about a man who carries luggage on a train). Nevertheless, Johnny and his band mates deliver a rocking rendition of the song that will lift your spirits.
Greetings to everyone. I would like to take this opportunity to hope everyone is staying as safe as possible with this virus that has taken over the world and that you and your loved ones are as safe as possible. This as you all know has gripped the nation. I pray that a cure and/or remedy can be found quickly and that it is effective to stop and/or at least slow this epidemic.