Happy birthday to American legend Merle Ronald Haggard.
You know how some people loathe avocados or celery as children and then sometime in early adulthood, try it again and find themselves adoring it? Merle was my celery.
I always associate Merle with an English professor I once had, who quoted the former while grading one of my more, uh, ethereal essays on modernist poetics. "I just want to drive my truck…"
Apparently he was in Fulsom for armed robbery when Johnny Cash stopped by, and it inspired him to pursue music.
His version of David Allen Coe's "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" (is that the title?) is better than the original, imo
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