OK, time to change the atmosphere a bit here. After all, for a lot of you, this is still a holiday week, and there’s more to life than politics.
For example, there’s Merle Haggard, who earlier this month was honored at the Kennedy Center along with Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones and Broadway composer Jerry Herman. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Haggard mentions that during the event, Ope — he calls his buddy Oprah “Ope,” you see, — was “completely beside herself” about the award.
“I don’t think she’d ever been a recipient of much in her life,” says Hag (his fans call him Hag, you see.) “She reached over to me, leaned over and said, ‘You know, we’ve come the farthest.’” Which is probably true.
“He’s Paul McCartney, man. You can’t forget that he wrote those songs. That kept going through my mind: I’m an aspiring songwriter and sat beside the guy that wrote “Yesterday.” I recorded that. Some guys are famous for some songs you don’t remember, but that’s not the case there. When they started “Hey Jude,” with this wonderful orchestra, the building came apart. Everybody in the audience was singing it. It was a chiller.”
He’s an “aspiring songwriter.” You gotta love that.
For those more interested in politics, Hag also had a few interesting things to say about President Obama. But if you want to know what that was, you’ll have to go read it yourself.
– Jay Bookman