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  • A.B.Campbell 9:38 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: billy joe shaver, country music, Music,   

    Greatest Hits: The Billy Joe Shaver Trial 

    Texas Crime Rates 98-2008

    Texas Crime Rates 1998-2008 - Disastercenter.com

    Recently found not-guilty for aggravated assault, here some gems from the three day trial of Billy Joe Shaver in Waco Texas:

    “Hopefully things will work out where we become friends enough so that he gives me back my bullet.”Billy Joe Shaver (regarding the man he shot)

    “He was a big bully, the worst I ever seen — a big bad one. And I been all around the world.”-Billy Joe Shaver (describing the man he shot)

    “I’m from Texas. If I was a chicken shit I would have left.”Billy Joe Shaver (regarding why he shot the man instead of leaving)

    “I get more woman than a passenger train can haul,” -Billy Joe Shaver (regarding whether or not he was upset the man was interested in his ex-wife)


    “I don’t think Billy Joe would do anything wrong. Whatever happened, I don’t think it was Billy Joe’s fault.” -Willie Nelson

    “Not-guilty” – The Jury

    • pslarkin 10:37 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My favorite gem: “I’m from Texas. If I was a chicken shit I would have left.”

      You did leave. You left in cloud of dust after shooting a dude in the face for being a Texan. Why leave the scene of a crime if you are confident in the legitimacy of your actions?

      When in Texas “Chicken Shit” is a flexible insult. Oh Billy Joe Shaver. You are exactly what you claim not to be.

    • Don Lando 11:55 am on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Betcha don’t say that to his face.

    • pslarkin 4:24 pm on April 13, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thats a solid bet…..unless I happened to be standing behind Willie Nelson. He wouldn’t even see it comin and you know Billy Joe wouldn’t give a damn. Billy Joe would shoot through a peaceful stoner to hit his target. Thas jus the Texan way yall.

    • Mein Schatz 12:54 pm on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Personally, I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a courtroom brawl resulting in new charges of “assault with a deadly weapon” when the first hillbilly throws his false teeth at the second hillbilly, blinding him and ending in cousin on cousin dry-humping in the aisles.

      • pslarkin 10:10 am on April 18, 2010 Permalink

        Schatz that is hilarious. Thank you.

  • A.B.Campbell 3:54 am on March 31, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: Beethoven, , memory, Music,   

    The Front Porch: What makes us tick, tick, tick, tick? 

    After a long day spent insulating and drywalling my basement I retired to the front porch of my tiny, craftsman bungalow with a bowl of tobacco and a bottle of beer. I penned this article first on paper, as the rocking chair gently creaked and the rain softly fell. If you haven’t already guessed, I do my best pondering here, as the smoke drifts about and this infernal, leaky, red oil lamp (purchased at Wal-Mart for $3) casts a dim, surreal light upon the premises.

    As I worked today I chewed on a question posed by an old friend:

    Being a man who has been immersed in music for a large part of his life, I had a question I wanted to get your thoughts on. So basically my question is “What about music makes it attractive to people?” I have just been wondering this because a love of music seems to be one of the only nonessential life functions that almost all people share. Since different people enjoy different styles of music though, it has to be a more fundamental property of music itself.”
    -Friar Tuck, in an email to The Bruce

    I was recently told that melodies (and words attached therein) are among the safest, most protected memories in the brain, that should you grow old and fat and lose your mind, you will still remember songs. And should you by happenstance be bumped on the head and forget everything else in your life, you will probably still remember the words to those childhood songs, stored deep within your psyche.

    Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream…”

    So what does make us tick? Like the reliable meter of a metronome, apparently there are some things so consistent none of us can avoid them. And why do we love music, and like primordial beasts, instinctively hide it away in our safest places even as we are unaware we are doing it?

    Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, it is the wine of a new procreation …”
    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Music is indeed a revelation. It is the nonverbal communication of emotion, a thousand feelings all at once high and low, infinite expressions beyond absolute interpretations, the free flow of thought between composers and musicians, musicians and you, you and me. Is music all these things and more? Perhaps it’s simply beyond our comprehension.

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