Youtube–Long time, no see

A few days ago I was listening to Youtube for the first time in a while. Right off, I noticed that the required length of the ads has increased: 6 seconds, not 5. My breaking point will probably be about 7 seconds. Then try to make Pandora or Spotify play what I want them to.

But anyway, what I learned was that "That's the Way Love Goes" was written and sung by Lefty Frizzell. I'd heard Merle Haggard's version of it so many times, I just thought the song was his. I've been gradually getting reacquainted with Lefty Frizzell. Something I do at work every Friday starts me singing "Saginaw, Michigan," so I broke down one week and looked him up on Youtube. I had forgotten "Always Late"–what a great song. And, just as it wasn't Merle, it wasn't Willie Nelson who did "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time." This week I found "Mom and Dad's Waltz" which is really sweet.

One thing led to another, a few suggested songs that I actually wanted to hear maybe, and I had worked back to The Carter Family. I never knew they did a version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" I knew the song predated Elvis Presley, but I didn't know it was by that many years. And their version (1936) wasn't the first, it was written in 1926. Next time I'll look for the original.

Complain about Youtube and the ads for stuff you'll never be interested in, but where else are you going to find, easily, in one place, all these songs? Someday soon I'm going to work Roscoe Holcomb's "Black Eyed Susie" into an article. Stay tuned.


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