The idea of painting by number was born in the 1950s, when one could buy a set of paints that came boxed with outlined drawings, indicating which color belonged where.According to the Smithsonian Institution, which featured an exhibition dedicated to this art form in 2002, by 1954, paint by number had become a cultural phenomenon, and one critic wrote that there were more numbered paintings hanging in American homes than original works of art.
Not accustomed to praying for animals, I felt like an atheist in church as I watched a sea of heads bow in unison. Still at the Livestock Show or on the fairgrounds, it appeared.
I expected the national anthem, although not the woman on horseback galloping around the arena while brandishing a flag that shot sparks from the tip. Tie-down roping was followed by bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing (why was that the only event open to women? (Advice to fellow novices: When it comes to competitive rodeo, for my money nothing beats kids busting mutton, and judging by the audience cheers, I wasn’t alone.) It was only during this final event—just before the evening’s concert—that the Reliant seats began to fill, which is when it finally occurred to me that not being a rodeo person is no barrier to enjoying the Rodeo.
When was first released, it really didn’t resonate with most music fans of the day, who looked upon the group as the “American Beatles” with their string of jingle-jangle top 40 hit singles.
But for those of us city folk who were enchanted with both the cowboy iconography and Nashville honky-tonk instrumentation, it was the game changer.
I’ve seen livestock, of course, but usually while driving past it at 70 miles per hour.
I’ve ridden a horse too, in summer camp, an exercise that proved equally frustrating for both me and the horse.It is the 50th anniversary of The Byrds’ , one of several albums of the 1960s that assisted with the infusion of country music into the minds of baby boomer rockers and several generations thereafter.The month happens to coincide with another anniversary of sorts: Gram Parsons, who with the help of Chris Hillman brought the concept for the album to the band in 1968, passed away on Sept. I could easily cut, paste, and re-juggle the incredibly large volume of words already written about this album (the Wikipedia page is incredibly detailed), but I thought perhaps there might be another way to acknowledge the impact and importance that it has had over time.He was turned on by Elvis, just like the rest of us.And Elvis was combining country and rhythm and blues anyway, long before any of us.But we’d done ‘Time Between’ and ‘Old John Robertson’ and lots of other songs in that style long before .” Hillman picks up the story, and gives Gram a little more credit: “I met Gram, standing in line at the bank.He came over to rehearsal, and he had two great songs — ‘Hickory Wind’ and ‘One Hundred Years From Now’ — and his youthful exuberance, I think, too, gave us a shot in the arm that we really needed. The sessions were fun, because we were down in Nashville and I had a comrade. To be honest, as I started to work on this column I got hungry and went out for pizza.In a recent interview with magazine, Mc Guinn talked to Jeff Slate about the album and tour: “My wife and I were in an airport in Buenos Aires, waiting to get on a plane,” Mc Guinn says.“We remembered that it was the 50th anniversary of the album, and we were thinking about Chris Hillman, he’d had a tough year because his house was damaged in the fires in California last year, and Tom (Petty) had died, just after finishing Chris’ album with him, and so I said, ‘Man, let’s do something to cheer up Chris![A]t the Fulginiti Pavilion in Aurora: “Four Questions,” a joint project exploring lingering questions from the Holocaust, created by feminist icon Judy Chicago of “The Dinner Party” renown, along with her husband, the respected photographer Donald Woodman.Yes, I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve always lived in big cities, seldom venturing into the hinterlands.