How I got from

Woodlake, California (1958)

to Fort Worth, Texas (2005)

in twenty five songs...

2005

How I got from

WOODLAKE, CALIFORNIA (1959) to FORT WORTH, TEXAS (2005)

in twenty five songs...

1. BELIEVE IT OR NOT
2. YOU CAN'T GO BACK
3. FEATHERS IN THE WIND
4. THE WALLET OUTLASTED THE LADY
5. I SAW ROSE AGAIN TODAY
6. WHAT TO DO WITH THE PICTURES
7. THAT SAME CONVERSATION
8. CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
9. SNAKESKIN SALLY
10. FANNIN COUNTY FAIR
11. OKLAHOMA NIGHTS
12. WELCOME TO THE CLUB
13. SWEET RAIN
14. COWTOWN
15. TEXAS IS AS FAR AS I CAN SEE
16. DANNY'S THEME from the movie RED DESERT PENITENTIARY
17. THAT SAME OLD LIZARD
18. SONG OF THE TRAIL
19. CACTUS FLOWER
20. GRAMMA'S SHAMPOO
21. SAY THE WORD
22. WILD BILL
23. TRAIL OF TEARS
24. QUE PASO?
25. TEXAS WATER - live at Tranquillity Bay summer of 2010

That's me on the front with the banjo. Linda McFarland is playing the uke. That picture is from the 1961 Woodlake High School yearbook. I was the only boy in my class that sang and played anything so I was voted most talented by my classmates. There was no race. That election did surprise me on another front though. Keren Freidman asked me to help her count the votes so I knew something the rest of my life that no one else knew. Well, Keren knew. Bobby Rogers was voted most handsome. I was next. I don't remember if I got three votes or ten votes. It didn't matter. Handsome was important! It was. At that point, John had been the handsome one in our family. But Bonnie Crumminaker had written in my yearbook that I was a handsome person. It didn't matter to me that Bonnie was the girl whose joints had never calsified like they were supposed to and everyone joked about how clumsy she was. Then, my junior year at Magic Valley Academy, this college girl, Charlotte Avery, and I were sitting on the steps in the gym one night and she said, "You have a square jaw. You are going to be handsome someday." Well, it's been forty five years and Bobby Rogers died of heart failure since our reunion in 2004. So, now you know what that makes me! jmt

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