Happy new year and here is hoping that 2020 is your best year.
On New Year’s Eve I drove around town to see if there was a lot of things going on here in our city. Mostly I was checking see if there were any groups playing around town. there were very few but I could not find one country band.
Going back to the mid 60’s and late 60’s there were a good number of country groups. My Group Freddie and the Vaqueros, the trail master, Rhythm Ramblers, Tommy Vick, Bo Hutto, BOB GREY, BLONDIE Calderon and several more. A couple of these groups played very little country music. My band did 80 percent country 10 percent rock and roll and 10 percent Mexican or Spanish music. Back then it was a different crowd and a quitter way of celebrating the new year. Looking back, I do not remember any big fights where guns or knifes were used.
People respected each other and did there best to have a good time and enjoy the time they were there together. If a person had too much to drink some one would watch over that person to make sure they did not get in trouble. Here in Del Rio we played the Elks lodge, the border patrol, cactus club, the little red barn, the hideaway, out on several ranches, private homes at Sadie’s in Junction. It was at Fort Clark that I met happy Shahan the owner of Alamo Village. He told me Freddie you are a good singer but you are not a great singer. He did ask me to join his song writing staff but I told him I was a singer not a song writer. a mistake I regretted later on. In my opinion the so-called country music of today is not what I call country music.
I refused a lot of dances for Christmas eve because I would always stay at home on Christmas eve with the family and open the presents. I tried to be with my mom on Christmas eve because I was always gone playing music on New Year’s Eve. I recall on New Year’s Day my mom would fix black eyed peas. She said it would bring you good luck. Both of my older brothers were in the navy and when they were home for Christmas we all sang and played the guitars with my grand dad on the fiddle. All of the neighbors would show up and it was a good time for all.
Us brothers would enjoy hearing my mom sing. I guess my music so called talent came from my mom as she and my granddad would play for dances in the 30’s the only sad thing I remember was by then my dad and mom had divorced and he was not there. It seems to me that Christmas and new years is all about making money now days. People do not not have the same feeling about things any more when you say JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON they get offended. Have you noticed that half of the churches in town are hardly ever full but you go to the park there is nowhere to park because there are so many people.
The other day I was switching through the channels to find a good a movie I finally settled on one that had just started, it ran one hour thirty -seven minutes. I counted the F word sixty times and M.F twenty-five times.
My question is why is that not against the law. Then there are the sex scenes that has gotten so bad that it is unreal. Now I am guilty of using bad language when I get upset but I always feel bad and ask the lord to forgive me and help me stop it. I guess what I am saying is I miss the good old days when people could get along and some things were left to the imagination. In closing let me say that I wish I could turn back the times to where life was a lot simpler and people were a lot friendlier.
Thank the good lord above that you live in my home town Del Rio Texas and go out and visit some of the sights you will be amazed what is out their god bless.
MAY YOU WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND BE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE AND WHO YOU WANT TO BE WITH. Do something good for some one it will make you feel good. Be sure and read the article on mister ELOY Barrera in this month’s Texas Times a good friend and a real family man and a god-fearing Christian. Special thanks to Victor Cirilo and the Val Verde County Library.