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Blue Yodel a Lifetime Ago

Jimmie RodgersSeventy-three years ago on this date, Jimmie Rodgers, the singing brakeman, succumbed to the now almost unkown malady tuberculosis.

The first music I heard as a child was my father singing songs like “Waiting for a Train”, followed by covers of “In the Jailhouse Now” and “Blue Yodel” Doc Watson's 'Memories'(first of a series of 12, better known as ‘T for Texas’) by various artists.

My very favorite is a version of “Miss the Mississippi and You” by Doc and Merle Watson. It reminds me of dad, of homes and people I’ve left behind, and of how, no matter how, when, and where you move on, you always have your memories.

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