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Rockabilly Is In My Blood

by Von Hanshaw about a year ago in list

Born To Boogie

Von Hanshaw & his Band in Concert, 1998.

I was born into a family of musicians. My dad played lead guitar for a rockabilly band in historic Lexington, Kentucky during the early 1970's and my mom's brothers played Bluegrass Music in a band in the scenic Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. Both of my grandfathers were musicians along with all their brothers, sisters, and children.

I guess one could say that I was born to boogie!

I began playing the Drums at 8, the Banjo at 12, the Guitar at 14, the Harmonica at 15, the Bass Guitar at 15, and the Piano at 20 years old.

No, I never had any type of lessons. I play by ear like the rest of my family.

To say that music has played a big role in my life is an understatement. I love it like a man loves a woman, like a woman enjoys a glass of wine, or like a child enjoys a new shiny toy. Music is part of me, it comprises who I am at my deepest core. I talk with rhythm, I write with rhythm, I drive with rhythm, I eat with rhythm.

Rhythm and blues. There is no better feeling to be able to play in a band and watch people dance and have a good time. Personally, that is fulfilling for me and I am thankful for the musical talent and gifts given to me that allows me to do so.

I have several types of music that I am drawn to depending on the mood I am in or the mood I want to be in. For example, if I am in the mood to let loose, go for a drive, and blast my car speakers I will put in one of my rockin' CD's.

My favorite rockin' CD has some rockin' songs on it that seduces you to sing along:

Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (Jerry Lee Lewis)

That's Alright Mama (Elvis)

Jailhouse Rock (Elvis)

Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train (The Tractors)

Here For The Party (Gretchen Wilson)

I Like It, I Love It (Tim McGraw)

Watermelon Crawl (Tracy Bird)

Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy (Big & Rich)

Wild Man (Ricky Van Shelton)

Call Me The Breeze (Lynard Skynard)Boot Scootin Boogie (Brooks & Dunn)

Born To Boogie (Hank Williams, Jr.)

But if I want to get into a romantic mood with a lady friend, I put on my amorous, intimate CD as we gaze into each other's eyes while holding hands or cuddling:

Love Me Tender (Elvis)

This I Promise You (Ronan Keating)

The Love I Found In You (Jim Brickman)

When You Say Nothing At All (Keith Whitley)

Can't Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis)

The Best (Tina Turner)

Everything I Do I Do It For You (Bryan Adams)

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)

Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye)Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers)

The Power of Love (Celine Dion)

I don't go a day without listening to music. It brings me back to center, helps me to maintain my focus, and motivates me to accomplish my goals for that day.

I suppose I could call music my best friend because she is always there for me to cheer me up, to help me chill out, to encourage me, to speak to my heart and soul, and she seems to know the right words to say at just the right time. I love her and she loves me.


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