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  • ross1948 9:53 am on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Country Music, Empire Hotel, Fightin Side of Me, , , , , ,   

    RIP Merle Haggard 

    Today is a big day, the birthday of somebody very important to me, and we shall be chatting/skyping later, assuming PLN, Indonesia’s power company, doesn’t do a black-out on us.

    But on opening the Washington Times this morning, I was saddened to see that my all-time fave country singer, Merle Haggard, died yesterday, on his 79th birthday…




    … gone to chorus in God’s Grand Old Opry with other lost legends like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, no doubt under the benign tutelage of Hank Williams.

    I first heard Okie from Muskogee, his greatest hit, in the summer of 1969, in the bar of the Empire Hotel, in Stratford, Ontario.

    The Empire, built and owned a hundred years or so ago by one of my great uncles, is also gone, and no doubt the big guy in the hard hat who was singing it then is long gone too.

    But I liked the lyrics so much that I went to a record shop and bought the album. So many great songs, and he sang them with the same gusto he brought to his patriotism.



    A great singer, a great American and a great guy.

    Here’s a link  so you can sing along with me later. 


    Hasil gambar untuk merle haggard fightin side of me

    Bye, Merle. 

  • ross1948 9:13 am on May 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cita Citata, Country Music, Fitri Carlina, , , , , Silvia Ardilla   

    PRJ OK – Rolling Stones, Country Music, JKT48, Dangdut! 

    Well, hurray! A sunny day!


    The Jakarta Fair musical line-up has at last been announced –  and some of it is not bad at all!


    rolling-stones-10 The Rolling Stones


    The real Stones won’t be there, but there’s a Stones Tribute, and some of the bands in Jakarta who do those grand old numbers are pretty impressive. So that’s one possible date for my diary.

    Then there’s JKT48, a bunch of wee beauties whom everybody likes.





    Nor should we ignore the temptations of a big dangdut night, with gorgeous chanteuses galore!






    I haven’t researched all the stars scheduled to perform, but there are stunners like Fitri Carlina, Cita Citata and Silvia Ardila!

    And I see there’s also a Country Music show!

    You can check out the entire calendar here –  http://www.jakartafair.co.id/2015/page/calendar– although I recommend you re-check nearer whenever you plan to go, because of course agendas can change, for all kinds of reasons.


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