Thursday, November 11, 2010

Loretta Lynn

Anyone watch the Country Music Awards last night?
If you did, you may have seen the marvelous tribute to the wonderful Loretta Lynn.
Growing up listening to country music, Loretta was a staple in my household. Patsy Cline was also a favorite of ours. I have watched Sweet Dreams and Coal Miner's Daughter now
...oh...over 100 times.
"Doo, you can't put the dog gone bedroom in the back of the house?"
I have a crusty old copy of the book (seen above) and I can't quite remember when I read it but her, her story and her music make my heart warm.
What was really fun to see was Sissy Spacek, who played Loretta in Coal Miner's Daughter, honor her in the tribute.

I was fortunate to see Loretta Lynn perform about five years ago at Mystic Lake Casino near the Twin Cities. I was, pretty darn sure, the only person there under the age of 50. I went with my Mom and Dad and felt so blessed to be in the same room as this living legend. I felt that much closer to my other country music hero, Patsy Cline.
She was feisty, funny and still wickedly talented, even at eighty some years old.

Here is a music clip of her singing Coal Miner's Daughter back in the 70s, a time I remember well. All those Conway Twitty and Loretta albums...sigh. Good times.

Oh, and for the record (and here is where I get a little crass) Gwyneth Paltrow can go fly a kite with her attempts at becoming a country "star". (really? A star? I think not)
(if you watched it, you would know that she performed a country song from her new
"country" movie. bleh)

Anyhoo, enjoy Loretta.

red headed book child


Tales of Whimsy said...

She was amazing and adorable last night. I loved it.

I love how she always dresses up like a princess too!

Alyssa Kirk said...

What an amazing woman - glad she received the kudos last night! And what fun that you we able to enjoy her in person!

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

We weren't a country music family growing up however -- we did love Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell! Loretta Lynn is fabulous!

Icedream said...

I didn't get to see her performance last night but I'm so thrilled she was honored. I grew up with my mother playing all her albums and she became one of my favorite musical idols too. I love her song "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)". And ditto her duets with Conway Twitty.

Unknown said...

I love it! I grew up in Hendersonville, TN, so I got a little bit of first hand exposure to country music folk. The dad of one of my best friends was Loretta's bus driver!

Lisa said...

I am not a fan of country music--unlike you, I didn't grow up with it although everyone assumes I would have growing up in Nebraska. But I do love the movies about both Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn--amazing ladies.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I live in Nashville so last night was a big deal here. My mother-in-law got to go to the awards in person...lucky her! I'm not a big country fan...there are only a few acts I really like (Kenny Chesney, Sugarland...bleh!) I kept flipping back during commercials of my shows. I did catch the Loretta Lynn part. I love her! I was not thrilled with Sheryl Crow's rendition of the song though.

I thought Gwyneth did well, although you could tell she was nervous. I've known that she has a pretty good singing voice ever since I saw her in the movie "Duets", although I think she is probably more suited to the type of music she sang in that movie.

Jo-Jo said...

I am not a country music fan myself but one can't help but appreciate the contribution that Loretta Lynn has made to the music industry in general. She really is a legend...I bet it was awesome to see her in concert!

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TheBookGirl said...

I did not see the show, but I listened to ALOT of Patsy Cline in my high school and college years. I always felt like a bit of an anachronism, but I just loved her music :)

Gina said...

Funny enough, I hadn't watched the awards but when I was out and about on Saturday, that's all I was hearing about...this particular segment of it too. Sounds like it was one to remember.