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or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted September 25, 2014


Sometimes, you just have to “Do Your Own Thing”!

By Annie


Dad told us a story a while back about him and his dad going to a performance at Casa Mañana (way back when dad was just a little kid – junior high, I think it was) and they saw George Lindsey[i] and Roger Miller[ii] perform!  I don’t really know how many folks that can say that they’ve been to a Roger Miller concert - not to mention George Lindsey! (but our dad can), but have you ever been to any concert and heard a Roger Miller Medley?  Now, don’t get me wrong, all of us BC’s are Roger Miller fans – but we don’t know of anyone else that has experienced this!!


Mom-D and dad got back from a Kenny Maines “Summer off the Patio” Concert (we’re actually listening to Kenny’s first CD while I compose this little story – yes, of course, you know that mom-D just HAD to buy one!!).  Anyway, they just got home around 9:30 this evening and dad got to telling us about the “concert” – it’s really just about 100 or so townsfolk that gather off the patio of the old Riggs Hotel[iii] (that’s Bubba’s real name, don’t cha know – Riggs, that is … not Hotel!).  Well, Kenny is a descendant of those brothers[iv] from Lubbock, and he was hired to come and put on a show for everyone.  As a Lubbock boy (and a Maines), you know that he played “Amarillo Highway”, “Louisiana Anna” and “Danger Zone”; but, the thing that amazed – and impressed – dad, was that he actually did a Roger Miller medley!!!  The crowd (now, they were mostly older folks) but they really got into it!  Who would’ve thunk it??


He started with, of course, “King Of The Road[v], but then went in to snippets of “Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd[vi], “Dang Me[vii], “Chug-A-Lug[viii], Kansas City Star[ix], “My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died[x], “Do Wacka Do[xi], and others!  You know, after Kenny’s CD was through, dad queued up some of Roger’s tunes on his laptop (you know dad has EVERYTHING on his laptop) – that Buffalo song is really pretty deep, if you get over the silliness of it … here is how I heard it (paraphrased for brevity):


You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd;
You can't take a shower in a parakeet cage;
You can't go swimmin' in a baseball pool;
You can't change film with a kid on your back;
You can't drive around with a tiger in your car;
You can't go fishin' in a watermelon patch;
But you can be happy if you've a mind to;

All you gotta do is put your mind to it;
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it!


In short, there are a lot of things in this ol’ life that you CAN’T do … but, regardless, you CAN be happy if you want to bad enough!  Sometimes you have to work for it, but it IS possible!!!

In any event, this was a good (and happy) little medley!  It was a BIG hit with the crowd.  Dad wasn’t sure if it was because the crowd had never experienced Roger Miller (though he is a classic!) or if they just appreciated Roger Miller and knew all of his songs[xiii]!


Well, what caused the thoughts for this little article was that “Sometimes, you just have to do your own thing!”  Seems to me that is exactly what Roger (and Kenny) did … their own thing!  That’s kinda my thought too!  I am Annie!  I’m not Roo, Shoo, Gall, or even Miss Hardway!  I can’t be Patches and, Lord knows, I don’t wanna be Bubba!!    I’m me and I plan on doing my own thing! 


If this is what ol’ Kenny was thinking when he did his Roger Miller “thing”, or whether he already knew that this was a popular thing to do – I guess we’ll never know.  But I am convinced that since this was an extremely small venue, and Kenny was convinced that a Texas Monthly Reporter/Reviewer (or a “real” Music Critic[xiv]) was not in the audience – he just did what it was that made him happy – and put his heart into it (he really did) – and just hoped that the audience appreciated it too (and they really did)!  With all of the whoops and hollers of the crowd, he commented that he might should’ve used it as his closing number!!


You see – Sometimes, you just have to follow your own heart and do what you want to do!


Do what makes YOU happy!


Do YOUR own thing!


You know – “To thine own self be true. Wm. Shakespeare 


Oftentimes, it will work out just fine!!!  If not … that’s ok too … you were doing what you wanted to be doing anyway!!!


Peace Out,







Some Quotes to compliment this article:


“Sometimes you gotta do your own thing to get to where you wanna be in life...”



“At some point in life you just got to be your own hero and save your own heart.  Because sometimes those who you thought would never hurt you or leave you will be the first to walk right out your life.”

Telisa McLaughlin


“Don't be afraid of being different!  Choose your own way.  Be your own hero!”

Anurag Prakash Ray


“When you can be your own best audience and when your applause is the best applause you know of, you’re in good shape.”

L. Ron Hubbard


“Do what’s best for YOU, cause that’s all you got at the end of the day.”



“You just have to do your own thing, no matter what anyone says.  It's your life.”

Ethan Embry


“Your mind don’t match what your ass got, but cheer up, you gotta be your own mascot.”

J Cole (a hip hop, rapper ... pretty deep I'd say!)










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