Merle Haggard Lived the Nashville Dream
When I heard of the passing of Merle Haggard yesterday, I remembered how much my mom loved his music when I was growing up. WNLB was the country music station of choice at our house, and Merle Haggard was a regular on the play roster.
Mama loved Merle.
With the typical teenage attitude of ‘current is best’ I think I pooh-poohed her opinion on this in favor of whatever was in the Top 40 at the time.
But as is the case with most things, Mama was right. Merle Haggard was a legend and a pretty great example of what it means to get to live your dream for most of your life.
With new talent constantly pouring into Nashville, staying at the front and center of music lovers’ hearts is no easy feat. True talent and a love for the art of writing and singing a great song is what separates the temporary from the lasting.
Merle Haggard certainly proved himself to be that. There’s something to be said for doing what you love right up to the very end. For me, that’s as much a mark of success as anything I can think of. Getting to do what you love for a long-enduring audience who loves what it: that’s well done.
Gratitude to you, Merle Haggard, for the legacy you have left behind. I hope you’re now singing in Heaven.
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