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"Words and Music"
by Dorothy Hamm

Dorothy Hamm

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  • The Hustle and Bustle of the Metroplex Shuffle 9-1-09
    Esteemed writer Norman Maclean once said: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” That’s an interesting theory and is exactly what seems to be happening with all the many cities that have sprung up here. And yes, a river, the Trinity, does run through it...
  • Music Hath Charms 8-30-08
    Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak, so said William Congreve several centuries ago...
  • Hoyt Axton: Artist Unclassified 12-9-06
    Hoyt Axton was an endlessly talented entertainer with a unique singing voice and a larger-than-life exuberance for living. And he was as unusual as his name...
  • The Most Interesting Shoe 11-2-06
    ... Then I remembered, the most interesting shoe I ever owned was a gauze and plaster cast with a walking heel. This was not just any cast. It was a cast that would be ogled by a pop superstar and autographed by an Oscar winning actor and it would afford me a good laugh and an ego boost in a troubled time...
  • A Caribbean Escape 9-13-06
    There are many wonderful places to escape to in our great state of Texas, but today I would like to invite you to escape with me to the Caribbean.
  • One of the Best Interviews I Never Did 8-5-06
    "...I only had a half dozen interviews to my credit when the editor called and gave me an assignment to interview a famous country/rockabilly artist who was performing at a dinner theater in Dallas..."

  • Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury: A Texas Connection 6-8-06
    "...We knew nothing about Kristofferson then. We would come to learn that his life was far more interesting than any song he could ever write. Perhaps that's why he had to write them..."
  • Hank Williams and Patsy Cline Still Mean A Lot 5-6-06
    Although tragedies ten years apart ended the young lives of Hank Williams in 1953 at age 29 and Patsy Cline in 1963 at age 30, they continue today as two of country music's best loved and most enduring stars...
  • Daylight Saving Time
    Springing Forward Falling Back
    4-5-06
  • John McEuen, Acoustically Speaking 2-3-06
    "Few people who have seen John in concert, playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, etc., need an explanation as to why he is called a string wizard."
  • Willie 1-6-06
    Native Texan Willie Nelson
  • A Cat Named Lazarus 12-15-05
  • Days of Whine, Bear Grass, Nettles and Burrs 11-8-05
    "Green pastures of coastal Bermuda with horses or cows and even an occasional emu, are common sights now in the rural areas around Athens, Texas. ...This area was a bit less tranquil in the late 1940s..."
  • Simpler Times and Fried Chicken 10-13-05
    "... Were simpler times all that simple? ... When I was young girl, if we wanted fried chicken at our house, we first had to grow the chicken..."
  • People Told Him It Would Not Work 9-9-05
    Johnnie High and his Country Music Revue

  • Boxcar Willie 8-16-05
    "...Lecil Travis Martin, who would someday be known around the world as Boxcar Willie, was born in 1931 in Sterrett, Texas, a wide place in the railroad tracks between Dallas and Waxahachie...."

  • © Dorothy Hamm
    Column begins August, 2005

    Dorothy Hamm

    Dorothy Hamm grew up in rural areas of southern Missouri and east Athens, Texas. She now lives in Euless, traffic epicenter of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. A freelance writer for 25 years, she has written for more than 20 publications. She has also worked as a publicist, representing artists from Texas, New Zealand, Congo and Nigeria. She has worked for Congolese sculptor Augie N'Kele since 1992. Her hobbies include playing guitar, traveling and making jewelry.

    August, 2005
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