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Who’s Patsy Cline?

In Children's Literacy, Popular Music on February 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM was listenin’ to Patsy Cline last night. That music sounded pretty doggone good to me. I was curious. Who’s Patsy Cline? So I did a little diggin.’

Virginia Patterson Hensley, nicknamed Patsy by her manger, was the first Queen of country/pop. Her career took off in earnest in 1957, when she performed “Walkin’ After Midnight” on The Arthur Godfrey Talent Show. Six years later she was tragically killed in a plane crash at the age of 30, in 1963. 1961 Cline released “I Fall to Pieces” which also crossed-over reaching No.1 on the country charts and No.12 on the pop charts. She followed that up with “Crazy,” a song written by a fellow named Willie Nelson, which would also be a cross-over hit and ultimately become her signature song.

The music you like is not always something you can control. You can’t always stubbornly declare “I don’t like rap,” or “I really dislike pop.” Sometimes when you hear a song, it just gets inside you. Even if you want to dislike it, you find you just don’t. Music is magical that way.

The music I like is music I feel. I pay attention to lyrics ’cause I like words, especially when the songwriter is particularly clever with manipulating their meaning or is talented at invoking imagery or stirring an emotion or expressing a universal truth. Or the music itself is just peppy and fun! I like all kinds of music.

Music really brings People together. A party isn’t a party without it. It’s omnipresent. It’s ubiquitious (everywhere present), whether you’re paying attention to it or not. As you grow older, there will be certain tunes that will become sort of the soundtrack of your life. The song stylings of Patsy Cline are firmly entrenched in the sights, sounds, smells , even tastes of Her living experience.

Sample a few of Patsy Cline’s songs. You, too, may become a fan’a The Cline.

Goodwill Energies I project
Upon each and every one of you
Each and every day.


“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life today!

  1. Ooh, I LOVE Patsy.

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