"I have become the world's biggest Paul Thorn fan. I'd never heard of him until I saw mention of him on someone's dating profile. Seriously, I learn the weirdest and coolest things from just reading dating profiles of men I will never meet. I Googled him, then checked him out on YouTube and I have been mesmerized ever since. My Pandora has a "Paul Thorn" channel now. The only single person channel on my list except for my other crush, Randy Travis. Paul's voice lacks the deep soul-stirring timbre of Randy's, but both of their songwriting talent blows me away. And now that Randy is no long recording (bless him) I needed some new stuff to keep me going. Paul is providing that. In spades. He's a fabulous guitar player, very bluesy with a bit of rock and roll and...well, do a YouTube search, see for yourself.
Not only is he my new favorite musical artist, he must be one of the funniest men in the world. His banter between sets has me giggling like a lunatic and just the titles of his songs are enough to put a grin on your face. "Pimps and Preachers," "I Don't Like Half the Folks I Love," "Buckskin Jones's Illegitimate Son," "Joanie the Jehovah's Witness Stripper," and "Old Stray Dogs and Jesus" are the ones that stuck in my mind. His background was growing up with a Pentecostal preacher father, which shows up in a lot of his songs, whether he's singing about praising Jesus or poking fun at some of the people he met along the way. He's cut several Southern gospel records, and his voice fits them perfectly.
His slow southern drawl is a more perfect fit though with some of his somewhat bawdy stories. Like the one where he broke up with his girlfriend because he thought she was cheating. Then decided he wanted her back. "Well", she said, "I will come back to you after Monday."" Why Monday," he asked. "I'm going on a ski weekend with a friend this weekend and when we get back you and I will get together." Monday comes, they get together and they start to have sex. And he sees a hickey "on her ass cheek." Ski trip with a "friend"....riiiiight. "But," he drawls, "It didn't stop me. I just turned her over." ("I Bet He Knows")
Another was discussing that first time with a new lover. How you have all that buildup, all that excitement. "Oh baby," he says in that low sexy voice. "This is going to be so good. Wasn't it?"
That's how my life has seemed. So much anticipation, so much planning and working to make things happen...then all of a sudden it's over. I'm determined to take things slower. Enjoy more of the "dash." You know that story? How on a tombstone someone's life is summed up as "December 10, 1956-January 18, 2012." Those dates are important, birth and death...but who you are is all summed up in that dash. An entire life in a tiny little -. We've all wasted too much of our dash already. Make the most of whatever is left! Don't sweat the little stuff. Just roll 'er over.
THAT'S MY STORY
I've never been normal. I've never tried to be. I can't imagine anything more boring.
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