1) How do you feel Ken Burns’ documentary did in telling the history of country music? Was there anything it didn’t focus on enough, something that received too much attention, any information that was inaccurate, or was it an accurate representation of country music history?
It’s a monumental task to try and condense 100-years of anything into 8-hours. My own opinion is that Ken Burns and his staff did a masterful job, but not everyone agrees with me. I’ve heard people complain that one artist got too much time while another didn’t get enough or didn’t get any. The old saying about not being able to please all the people all the time applies here, but I would challenge anyone to do it any better or more accurately.
2) How easy is it to get poems set to music? I’ve been published 5 times, and would love to see some of them set to music. Most are free versed, and I’ve been told they won’t go like that.
I assume by “free versed” you mean your poems don’t have a rhythmic cadence and a structured rhyme scheme. If that’s the case, then they would be very difficult to set to music if not impossible. If you’re looking for commercial musical success, I would suggest tailoring your lyrics to a pattern that could more easily conform to standard musical structure.
3) Do you plan to make any more Country’s Family Reunion TV shows?
Several of you wrote this month asking questions about CFR, and here’s what I know: RFD-TV is currently airing the old shows in a new format called “The Very Best Of Country’s Family Reunion,” which I personally think is very good. The shows have been re-edited, much content that was never before seen on TV is being utilized, trivia and backstage elements have been added, and the episodes that I have seen have really held my interest. Larry Black, who owns CFR, admits the shows are very costly to produce, and since the sales of DVD’s have given way to online streaming in recent years, his profit margins have continued to shrink. He has not said he will cease production of the shows, but truthfully I’ll be surprised if we film any more…at least in the current format…anytime soon.
4) How many children do you have?
I have three…one of each kind. No, seriously, I have two daughters and a son…plus eight grandchildren…five girls and three boys. They are the lights of my life.
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