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When Clarence Thomas Wrote To George Jones
npr Music ^ | April 26, 2013 | Melissa Block

Posted on 05/01/2013 5:56:30 AM PDT by don-o

It turns out, Justice Thomas is a big Possum fan. "I can't begin to tell how good it made me feel to receive your letters," he writes. "I have listened to your music for over a decade. The lyrics so often captured just how I felt. As you can imagine, I have had occasion to feel the blues. But, I have also been blessed with so much more happiness and good fortune."

Then, the famously reticent Justice Thomas reveals an intriguing personal anecdote:

"You may be interested to know that I used one of your songs to allay the concerns of my bride's mother. Prior to our wedding, she expressed some concern about this being my second marriage. "

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: jones; thomas
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1 posted on 05/01/2013 5:56:30 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

NPR, haters of Justice Thomas and probably of country music as well, actually speaks nicely of both? Perhaps there is still hope in this world!


2 posted on 05/01/2013 6:08:04 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: don-o

Well, country music is the white people blues. Both sides can relate to each other.


3 posted on 05/01/2013 6:11:06 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: don-o
As you can imagine, I have had occasion to feel the blues.

I heard a black comedian say once that, "Country music is blues for white people."

4 posted on 05/01/2013 6:11:07 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: JimRed

Because I drive around all day for my job, and talk radio on the weekends is ridiculously boring (four hour show on MORTGAGES??? REALLY?), I end up listening to NPR a good deal. I like the quiz shows and Prairie Home Companion. NPR is actually seeming to TRY to be more in the middle.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 6:16:08 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: JimRed

At the risk of (again) having my conservative cred questioned, I will opine that there is some good stuff in npr. I found this while browsing in “Fresh Air.” I find the hostess of that show to be a very good interviewer. On Roe v Wade Day this year she did a remarkable interview wit ha pro lifer.

That being said, should the FedGov be subsidizing any form of broadcast communication? No.

I participate in a shape note singing group. A couple of years ago, we sang on the local npr station on a locally produced live music show. I contribute a small amount of my money because I think it is the right thing to do.


6 posted on 05/01/2013 6:19:10 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: autumnraine

In spite of Garrison Keeler’s leftward bent, I also enjoy Prairie Home Companion. It’s irony to me a show about conservative midwesterners(yeah, I know about how Minnesotans vote) is hosted by a hard lefty. Didn’t he recently retire?


7 posted on 05/01/2013 6:20:53 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: MachIV

Not sure. But yes, he bends left. I can handle it as long as he doesn’t snap that direction, LOL.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 6:22:08 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: don-o

I KNEW I liked George Jones.


9 posted on 05/01/2013 6:28:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: don-o
"I put a golden band on the right left hand this time,
And the right left hand put a golden band on mine.
When our hair is snowy white,
Time will prove I'm right.
I put a golden band on the right left hand this time
"

How sweet is that?

10 posted on 05/01/2013 6:37:08 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: don-o
I participate in a shape note singing group.

What is shape note singing? With my old Windows setup I'd have just minimized this screen, put in a search for "shape note singing", and found out for myself. But this new Windows 8 is darned near incomprehensible to me.

11 posted on 05/01/2013 6:38:21 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: don-o

Nothing but the best at taxpayer expense.


12 posted on 05/01/2013 6:41:38 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

My opinion: George Jones is the greatest country singer in history. Justice Thomas is a good judge of Jones’ talent.


13 posted on 05/01/2013 6:42:29 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: JimRed

http://www.freerepublic.com/~dono/

There’s some linkage


14 posted on 05/01/2013 6:42:59 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: JimRed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoGc0By3rfs&list=UU74ICj22PYUvZb6lXSxDWcQ&index=5

One of my favorite shape note vids shows many of my singing friends


15 posted on 05/01/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: luvbach1

He had some help. Read this:

http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_george_jones_stopped/

Billy Sherrill in particular. Sherrill thought “He Stopped Loving Her Today” was an 8 with the potential to be an 11. He certainly worked hard to get it over the line.

We all need help and Jones was lucky to have Sherrill as a producer and lucky to have Nancy as his fourth (and final) wife. The right left hand, indeed.


16 posted on 05/01/2013 6:59:39 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: sportutegrl

Funny thing is, these days an awful lot of blues musicians (at least under the age of 65) are white.


17 posted on 05/01/2013 7:58:42 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some people take there grammar way to seriously.)
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To: autumnraine

No lesser light than the great Bobby Blue Bland ssid “Merle Haggard is a blues singer.” All the greats know each other. Truly opposite sides of the same coin.


18 posted on 05/01/2013 6:46:16 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I don’t want to go there. I can’t stand Billy Sherrill. Every record he ever produced had all the same elements. He had a horrible habit of taking people who already had their own identity and taking them into his fold And he did make a few good songs for George, as he did make a few good songs for Charlie Rich, and a few good songs for.....But that was the way he worked. He would take that one great song, and with every succeeding release, water it down just a bit...I just don’t like Billy Sherrill at all.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 6:51:05 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: smalltownslick
I don't like the trend that country music took between 1975 and the present, and if Billy Sherrill is partly to blame, it is not to his credit. But He Stopped Loving Her Today truly is a masterpiece. If you listen to George Jones playing it in concert, it's a fine song, but not the studio gem that Billy Sherrill produced. The undisputed contribution of Sherrill is the timing of the lyrics, the subtle way is dawns on the listener that this cat is dead. The device of placing the spoken narration just where he did was nothing short of brilliant, just as the audience is taking in the circumstances.

I will, quite frankly, defer to you superior knowledge. But this one song is something that all involved should be proud of. To get back on topic, that one letter is something Clarence Thomas and George Jones both should be proud. One for having the good manners and thoughtfulness to write it, the other for occasioning it.

20 posted on 05/01/2013 10:26:09 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: luvbach1

He’s the best country singer, and one of the best singers of any music THAT EVER LIVED. Hank Williams was a great writer, but as a singer can’t compare to Jones. Neither could Lefty Frizzell who was one of Jones’ idols. Before George Jones it was usually Lefty who was mentioned as the greatest stylist of all time, the one so many country singers tried to emulate, especially Merle Haggard in the early days. With George Jones now called to is heavenly reward the jury is in. He’s the greatest of all time and I doubt their will ever be a greater country singer. He was still belting out the tunes in his early 80s. RIP Mr. George Jones, you were truly the best of the best.


21 posted on 05/02/2013 1:04:03 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

I agree with everything in your post #21. Patsy Cline gets my vote on the female side, especially since she accomplished all she did in only 30 years (her entire lifetime).


22 posted on 05/02/2013 1:16:44 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

Agree with Patsy Cline as best female singer. Living today my pick goes to Connie Smith.


23 posted on 05/02/2013 10:03:36 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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