1) Miss Kitty Wells was my favorite female singer. My question is how come you never recorded with her…or did you?
No, I never did. Miss Kitty and I were on the same record label for many years, but during that time she cut duets with other label-mates such as Red Foley, Webb Pierce, Roy Drusky, and her husband, Johnny Wright. She was a dear lady, and it would have been an honor to sing with her, but I never had the chance.
2) How do you start out writing a good song? Is it the certain words that you heard someone say that gives you the idea? Or do you have dreams to write a good song? Or God given talent? Maybe all three? I think you are the best songwriter who ever lived.
Thank you. That’s very kind. I find that song ideas come from all kinds of places, but the best ones seem to come from real life experiences. I have had people say things to me that suggested a lyric for a song, I’ve found ideas in things that I’ve read, seen on TV, or even in the movies. I’m not sure I ever dreamed a song idea, but maybe I will someday. As to “God given talent,” I wrote in a song one time that “I held the pencil but He wrote this song,” and I truly believe God’s hand has been heavily involved in whatever success I may have had. He is, after all, the Great Creator.
3) I have always wondered about the lyrics to your song, “Think I’ll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep.” I love it, but I am confused. Did the person die or leave? It says, “She’s gone away and won’t be back forever,” which leads you to believe she died, but then it says, “I’ll go somewhere and cry myself to sleep…not because I’m sad but ’cause I’m weak.” Now does this mean he did not love her? I am totally confused. I would appreciate your explaining this song.
One of the great things about music is that the listener can interpret songs in any way that best fits their own situation. “She’s gone away and won’t be back forever,” has one meaning in a divorce and a totally different meaning in death. I wrote it that way on purpose in order to speak to those who might find themselves in either place. On the other line you quoted, you stopped too soon. The lyric goes on to explain why he’s weak: “I can’t stand the thought of life alone without her.” He most definitely loved her and still does, and he’s saying he’s not strong enough to want to live without her in his life. Does that clear it up a bit? I hope so.
4) Where can I get “From Rock & Roll To Rock Of Ages” on a CD?
At one time it was on a CD called “More Greatest Hits,” but that CD has been discontinued. Your best bet might be to find a used copy somewhere. Good luck.
5) Will you be coming to Wisconsin to the Gobbler in Johnson Creek this year?
I hope so. That’s one of the dates I had to cancel when my friend, Vickie, passed away, but so far it has not been rescheduled.
Thanks as always for your questions. Keep ’em coming to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at P. O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. And stay curious.