Monday, July 14, 2008



Kenny Rodgers

I Just Checked in (to See What Condition My Condition was in) — cool; psychedelic.

Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town) — powerful.

The Gambler — a collection of cliches.

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille
One time when I went home from college during Christmas break (as it was called back then), a guy I sort of knew offered me a ride as far as Chicago. I said ok. He was an AM disc jockey. I was afraid he was going to play AM radio the whole trip. He said "No, I've got some tapes." I was relieved.

It turns out the tapes were of his radio shows, and they included commercials. "You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille" must have been on the play list at the time he made the recordings, which was about a week before we left, I think. He played the tapes non-stop. Driving from Idaho to Chicago, I must have heard that song 50 times. At night, to save money, we found a state park or empty field and set up a tent. He brought in his tape player, with the tapes of his shows, and played them for about an hour each night. I remember thinking "This is so obnoxiously bizarre...I'll write about it some day."

That duet with Dolly Parton — still not sure what to think of that.

Kenny Rogers Roasters — Great Seinfeld episode.


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