Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"What Are Those Saddles and Boots About?"

The life-lessons of country music include more than just alcohol, Jesus, and cocaine; or chains, judges, and fines.

The gals maintain an ever-rotating short list of favorite songs, determined by whatever mysterious whim-logic moves their fickle minds. And they like to demand these songs very loudly, with relentless persistence, from the back seat as we're driving around town.

Their current favorite is Willie Nelson's rendition of "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other".* They don't get it. (In response to the line "Say, what did you think those saddles and boots was about?" Louise asked, "What are those saddles and boots about?") To them, it's just a cowboy song. The nuanced gender politics will have to wait.

But I like to think that a bit of tolerance is burrowing into their young minds, that we, in our small way, are contributing to a new generation that won't mind "when a cowboy has feelings for men", that a rainbow-hued dawn will rise on those plains of West Texas, and gay cowboys everywhere will feel free to gallop right on out of that closet. Progress, one loudly demanded rendition at a time.

* #2 is The Smiths, "Bigmouth Strikes Again".


  1. That's fabulous! Jack's current favorites are Satin in a Coffin by Modest Mouse; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence by Gene Pitney; and I Hold the Sound by The Thermals.

  2. Anonymous8:43 PM

    This cracks me up...but what, pray tell, is your theory about what is being burrowed into these wee minds upon listening to Big Mouth Strikes Again? Ahem.

  3. Yeah, I don't know. I'm still not clear about what's being burrowed into my mind when I hear that song. Joan of Arc... Walkman... whuh?

  4. Anonymous9:42 PM

    Oh, good. So that offered interpretation didn't help you either?..."Of course, he is pointing out a similarity between him and Joan of Arc rather melodramatically, lending a quite comical tone to what could have been an empty vessel."

    Oh. Of course. Thanks for clearing that up. I'll go back to my empty vessel now.

  5. Your gay readers salute you. Well, this one does.

  6. Anonymous8:56 PM

    If it's possible, I think I can recommend a band for you and these kids based on liking BOTH Willie Nelson and The Smiths - THE CORAL...lots of Western as well as Johnny Marr-like guitar.