… while they live, to paraphrase a song recorded over the years by The Carter Family, The Wilburn Brothers, and Wilma Lee & Stony Cooper to name just a few. I’ve always liked that song, made an impression on me a long time ago and I’ve tried more often than not to live by the message in it.
Wonderful things of folks are said
When they have passed away
Roses adorn the narrow bed
Over the sleeping clay
In writing about how I got started in radio in the first place and the role that high school sports has played in that, I thought a good bit about the various things I’ve seen over so many seasons.
Covering teams ranging from the state’s smallest classifications to the largest, I’ve had a chance to see a pretty wide range of communities, teams, styles, and stadiums. From traditional three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust attacks to five receiver sets to the wishbone to the Wing-T but regardless of the style, there’s always a chance that something memorable is going to happen.
It’ll be 30 years ago this winter that I first announced a high school sporting event. Just when you think you’re out, they drag you back in, but more on that in a bit. This will be the last weekend until November that a chunk of my life isn’t consumed with high school football, I guess that accounts for me doing some reminiscing about how I got started in the first place.
Kind of late for the eastern time zone but sometimes real life intrudes on the best laid plans. Regardless, you know what time it is … it’s FRIIIIIIIIDAY ! For a number of us the last Friday before things get busy with HS football (and isn’t this just perfect football weather?) After the Whistle today, we mark what would have have been the 44th birthday of one of the great guitarists in history, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. We’ll start slower than normal with tributes from Zakk Wylde and a great video from Dean Guitars set to music from Darrell’s own band Damageplan but after that, it’s time to crank it up & have some fun. I believe Dimebag would have definitely approved. Rest In Peace Darrell.
You know what time it is … it’s FRIIIIIIIIDAY ! After the Whistle, you’ll need to crank it up to 11 for Shinedown and some classic Queensryche. I also want you to send up some prayers and good vibes for Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore who revealed this week that he’s battling cancer. Kick its ass Phil, we’re out here pulling for you.
You know what time it is … it’s FRIIIIIIIIDAY ! After the Whistle, there’s the title track from this week’s new #1 album by Avenged Sevenfold, classic guitar rock from Aldo Nova and new music from Finger Eleven (remember “Paralyzer”?)