Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Happy Man

It seems that I’ve entered some sort of time warp. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that the workdays seem to have gotten longer. Some days just drag by and the clock barely moves and yet the months just fly by.

Thankfully, time returns to its normal pace during the weekends. It’s not until Monday morning that the just past weekend seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye.

The solution is to try to enjoy every minute. Not an easy task at work, I know, but when I put on my headphones and some good tunes, even the mundane workaday tasks become more bearable.

Alan Munde - Earl's Breakdown.mp3

Reno & Smiley - Cotton Eyed Joe.mp3

Ernie & Mack - Cindy.mp3


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only version of 'Cotton-Eyed Joe' I've ever liked was the slow, regretful version sung by Doc Watson(?) in that film starring Sally Fields.

It was a few years back and I can't remember the title, but the rendition perfectly suited the elegiac mood of the scene.

Any chance that you have that version? (I can never find it.) And if so, any chance that you might post it? (PLEASE!)

Congratulations on a fine and readable blog, by the way. I like the tone of Americana/roots/nostalgia it conveys. It sort of reminds me of my favourite restuarant chain when cruising the great highways of the US - Cracker Barrel. (And that IS a sincere compliment)

Keep Writing,
(Melbourne, Oz)

June 14, 2007 7:03 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thank you for the kind words, Jack. I believe I do have a copy of Doc Watson's rendition of "Cotton-Eyed Joe". It may take me a while to dig it up, but I'll try to post it sometime.

June 14, 2007 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your reply prompted me to do some digging re. 'Cotton-Eyed Joe'.

The movie was 'Places in the Heart,' starring Sally Fields and Danny Glover.

I've checked around for soundtrack listings but can't find any.

On reflection, I don't think the version in the movie was by Doc Watson. I believe I've heard his take on the song and its an up-tempo one as I recall.

Unfortunately, none of the movie sites list the song or the singer. Too bad, it was a lovely version --almost like a slow waltz.


June 15, 2007 4:52 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

Jack, I think you were right the first time:


I haven't heard this album, but I'd love to.

June 15, 2007 6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kjk, about Doc Watson? Yes, it definitely could be him. Perhaps he recorded a special version just for the movie?

June 15, 2007 6:20 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

according to the playlist linked in my prior comment, there are 3 versions of Cotton-Eyed Joe on that album. Furthermore, Doc, Merle and the Texas Playboys get credit for the entire soundtrack. Sounds like a slam dunk to me .... I have ordered the album, so we'll find out soon enough. one can never have too much doc watson in one's music collection, after all. :)

June 16, 2007 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The link didn't show up (on my screen).

However, happy to know a listing of the soundtrack exists, I couldn't locate one.

I would appreciate any information you could provide once you've received the album.


June 16, 2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

jack, here are the 2 URLs. you can copy/paste into your browser:

June 17, 2007 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Many thanks. That second link, in particular, is the first time I have seen a full listing of the soundtrack. It looks good. I think the version of CEJ I was so taken with must be the reprise version. In the movie it was sung in the back of an old jalopy at the end of a juke-joint night and suited the mood just perfectly.

I can recommend the movie as well as the soundtrack.


June 17, 2007 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Great job Ken! Thanks for all of your work on this one.

Jack, you are right, Doc's own version of CEJ is more up tempo.

June 17, 2007 9:11 PM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

great blog to visit..keep up the fab posts...yes i know what you mean about enjoying every minute..i like nothing better than kicking off my shoes cranking up the speakers and have the mp3 player on random and listen to loads of stuff that makes me smile...rock on..

June 18, 2007 3:31 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi Countrygrrl, thanks for stopping by again. I've been keeping up to date on your trip to Budapest through your posts at Blueskies. Sounds like you had a blast!

June 18, 2007 8:04 PM  

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