Predators at Oilers, G34, 09-10

This is Cindy Walker. She is one of many thousands of songwriters associated with country music and Nashville. If you’re a fan of country music, you’d know her from songs like “You Don’t Know Me”, “Blue Canadian Rockies”, “Distant Drums”, “I Don’t Care” and “In the Misty Moonlight.”

She wrote “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” for Roy Orbison in a quick hurry because Orbison was finishing up recording an album and “all the songs sound the same.” Orbison asked for an uptemo, unusual arrangement and to this day it remains one of the truly unique songs in pop history.

Walker isn’t the most famous of those wonderful songwriters associated with Nashville but her story is an interesting one, and “Dream Baby” was my favorite song as a kid. Those Nashville songwriters have been writing gems just like that one all down the line. One day I’d like to go to Nashville, maybe catch a Preds game, head down to 16th Avenue and take in all of the history.

The Predators don’t have a lot of history but they do have some really good hockey players. Steve Sullivan (he of the ultimate “poetic justice” exchange with a fan years ago, do you remember it?) is healthy and effective again, Jason Arnott has always been a favorite (wish we’d drafted that guy), Shea Weber can shatter the sound barrier with his shot and Martin Erat is so good no one makes fun of his name. Their coach has no neck and everyone keeps saying they’ll leave Nashville, but I hope they stay so that Amy Grant, Vince Gill and all those other gifted songwriters can enjoy the greatest game on earth.

The Edmonton Oilers made Pat Quinn angry the other day and he told them so. Possible results include a convincing win, a close but hard-fought loss, or a complete Dick Cheney.

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