My father and I shared a sense of humor, a love of baseball and hockey, and an appreciation of music. Country music. My Mom taught me about Little Richard and Elvis and Jerry Lee, but for Dad music all came from one place: Nashville, Tennessee.
At our house, this is the early to mid-1960s, the record player held Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Ferlin Husky, the Louvins and Marvin Rainwater.If they were L-Ps (those are the big ones, the long-plays) you could stack them one on another and listen for hours and hours. My Mom would do that, but of course you only got one side. The Beatles lived down the road at my uncle’s house, but those country tunes sang to me and the truth is they still do.
For decades before and after my childhood, men and women traveled to Nashville to sing their songs in hopes of fame and fortune. I was the first one in my house to buy a Kris Kristofferson record (good find), the last one to buy a Patsy Cline (a better find). I love Dolly and Merle and George and those crazy beautiful Louvin harmonies, I’d buy Emmylou singing the phone book and am in awe of Johnny and Roseanne and Carlene. Walk Through this World With Me, Crazy, Sing me Back Home, Coat of Many Colors, How’s the World treating you, These Hands, and I know Hank Snow and Roy Acuff and all of Hank Williams because those songs all belong to my Dad. I could sing you the Wabash Cannonball right now. Seriously. I’ve never been to Nashville, but know it true. It’s cool those country music people like hockey, I look for Vince Gill and Amy Grant whenever I’m watching a game that’s in Nashville.
As I grow older, I prefer the songwriter versions of the songs (as above), they seem more authentic, more Louvin. Maybe it’s my Dad’s influence, he’d always say if there’s no fiddle the band isn’t ready to play. Thanks, Nashville, for a lifetime of story songs that reach all the way to the heart. It’s been a wonderful ride.
MARTIN MARINCIN PLAYER CARD
Parkatti’s numers are evens and ES is 5×5, but there’s been a slight downturn in numbers for Marincin in recent days. Still, this player remains the exception (so far) to the rule about defensemen that states you have to wait 2+ seasons for them to arrive. This guy looks so calm, so composed, so worthy, that he’s really made a mockery of the LH side of the Oilers blue.
THE VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER
Click for full size, the bubble represents Corsi on. The graph shows Marincin’s zone starts at 44-ish% and he’s facing the tough competition. If he did this for an entire season I’d be hammering for Calder consideration, and honestly these numbers—on this team—are worthy of an award.
Stu MacGregor has taken quite the beating in the last couple of years, and not to be an ass but I did encourage people to wait and see (five year rule, another rule!). It would seem that Taylor Hall is going to have some company from that 2010 entry draft. If Marincin plays for several years at this level, and Pitlick (in photo) can make it as a bottom 6F, I’d say we could start calling the 2010 NHL entry draft a success. It’s also encouraging that Anton Lander (2009 second rounder) is getting some more playing time in the NHL.
We should be hearing about some signings soon. NCAA kids like Dillon Simpson have some games to go (on the way to the Frozen Four) but there are unsigned free agents signing daily. It would be a very good sign for the Oilers to get one of the good ones, seems every year these guys sign in Anaheim or Vancouver or Minnesota or New Jersey. Edmonton has signed Justin Schultz, Taylor Fedun and (AHL) Mark Arcobello in recent seasons, so it can be an effective procurement tool.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Oiler game day, Oil Kings getting ready for the playoffs, lots of things to talk about this morning at 10 (TSN 1260). Scheduled to appear:
- Jeff Chapman, Copper and Blue. We’ll talk Marincin, the first round pick and MacT’s next steps.
- Steve Toll, Edmonton Rush. Steve will update us on Braver than Brave.
- JR Lind, Nashville Post. We’ll talk Preds, Seth Jones and lent in the south.
- Cam Moon, Red Deer Rebels pbp. A one-game playoff for the right to play the Oil Kings? Sounds fun!
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. I’m looking forward to it, tune in!