Monthly Archives: September 2021

Granddad’s Days as a West Texas Cattle Rancher

Granddad wrote of his many endeavors from farming in east Texas as a young man to teaching in multiple rural schools across Texas to running a Star mail route to hustling highway work when he found himself suddenly out of … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “Barbed Wire Town”

Another stand-out tune from Will’s eponymous 1991 MCA album, this one sounds a strong autobiographical note from the emerging young songwriter. In introducing this song at his Austin City Limits videotaping that same year, he spoke of his San Angelo, … Continue reading

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My (Future) Dying Request

Laugh! That’s right. The day you hear I have died,  I want you to laugh. Feel free to start now, of course, but I’m talking about that time sometime in the future when I die, be it tomorrow, next year, … Continue reading

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On-the-Clock & Off-the-Clock

I’m about to take the dog on a walk. It’s one of our “short walks,” but even so, it will take us 45 minutes. We’d go for a longer walk, but I have less than an hour before I’ve got … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “Drunken Cupid”

Will’s 2016 release, The Weathering, chronicles a rough breakup with his love of many years, Valerie, after he abruptly left her without a word of explanation. His song “Weird Again” always sounded like a combination of explanation and apology to … Continue reading

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Granddad Writes of Memories, Memoirs, & Dreams

In writing his memoirs, my grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, tended to repeat himself. He excused this tendency by mentioning more than once that he basically wrote these stories of his life experiences at the time he remembered them. He … Continue reading

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Ah, Technology…

Okay, so ever since the top row of letters on the laptop (with all the vowels aside from “a” and other frequent flyers like r, t, and y) were rendered non-functional back at the start of July, I have relied … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “Clouds of my Mind”

Awoke with this song in my mind recently, not quite recognizing it. All morning, the melody chased my memory until I remembered it as one of Will’s songs that I had recently reheard. Specifically, it’s the closing tune from his … Continue reading

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Playing Whack-a-Mole with Facebook Ads

You know the feeling. You’re go to look at Facebook, and as you scroll through your feed,  you’re bombarded with ads. Scroll down 3 time &  and you encounter 2 posts from friends, an ad, one post from a group … Continue reading

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Scott, My Brother & Musical Pied Piper (part 2)

Part 1 offered a quick snapshot, that’s all. I could never fully list all of the bands my brother introduced me to. His early combos played most mid-60s rock staples like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Doors, Buffalo … Continue reading

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