‘Spot light on a Song’
Oh heavenly Spring time, thank you for showing up! Cherry Blossoms are everywhere leaving their Spring snow affect and intoxicating scent all over Seattle.
Today I’m bringing back a blast from my past. A singer whose song I sang hundreds of times in my parents Kentucky living room, on their cassette tape deck while pretending I was her: Crystal Gayle. Probably my earliest musical influence whose sound still resonates with me and lingers in my own music. Born Brenda Gail Webb (in Kentucky no less!), she was the youngest of eight in a poor coal mining family. She is the younger sister of the country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, singer Peggy Sue, and a distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless (check out the movie Coal Miners Daughter).
Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album ‘We Must Believe in Magic’. And for me as a nine year old, I was mesmerized by her nearly floor-length hair!
On January 21, 2017, almost 50 years after making her debut as a guest artist, Gayle was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Loretta Lynn . Her first album in 13 years is due to come out this year; covers of country music classics produced by her son, Chris, titled “Am I That Easy To Forget.”
No Ms. Gayle. You are not. At least to this little girl.
Strum a little…..