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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want
.

"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" - a cut above the rest, so he's here on top for personal reasons that mean something to me. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/hello_johnny_cash.htm

His music is very cross-generational. The teenager, going through the difficult transition of adolescence, the confirmed Christian, as well as the forsaken looking for some kind of peace to fill the void in their soul http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/johnny_cash/spiritual.htm, the down and trodden, love lost and loneliness http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/rowboat.htm, the drunkard's spirit http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/kneeling_drunkard_plea.htm, the junkie, and, of course, songs about southern life http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/southern_accent.htm and that "Mean Eyed Cat" http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/mean_eyed_cat.htm and of course, "Mustang Sally," http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/mustang_sally_wilson_pickett.htm that so many southern men have to put up with.

"I love songs about horses, railroads, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotishm, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God." - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash's "Unchained" album notes. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/johnny_cash_notes_unchained.htm

And, I love listening every bit of it.

For a songwriter to write and sing songs that address this range of human emotions for over 50 years is nothing short of astounding.

And, for his ability to speak of truth and understand what others feel - he gets my vote and stays on top until someone tops him.

Here is a listing of Johnny Cash's albums that cover the time period from 1957 - 2002 http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/albums_johnny_cash.htm. Before that time period Cash was working with Elvis Presley. When Presley left Sun Records, Cash and others toured together.

"Cat's in the Cradle" (MP3 audio file/lyrics) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/cats_in_cradle.htm

"Hurt" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/hurt.htm

"Meet Me in Heaven" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/meet_me_in_heaven.htm

"Unchained" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/unchained.htm

"Southern Accent" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/southern_accent.htm

"Mean Eyed Cat" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/mean_eyed_cat.htm

"Memories Are Made of This" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/memories_are_made_of_this.htm

"Kneeling Drunkard's Plea" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/kneeling_drunkard_plea.htm

"I've Been Everywhere" (MP3 audio file/lyrics)
http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/i_been_everywhere.htm


"The Classics" - some of my favorites

Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G - II: Adagio assai; Alicia de Larrocha, piano; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191, in B-Flat (transcribed for clarinet) II: Andante ma adagio; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; English Chamber Orchestra/Alexander Schneider, conductor

Pietro Mascagni's Intermezzo from Vavalleria rusticana,National Philharmonic Orchestra/James Levine, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven's The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Adagio; Bernard Zighera, harp; Doriot Anthony Dwyer, flute; Sherman Walt, bassoon; Gino Cioffi, clarinet; Jules Eskin, cello; Boston Symphony Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 - II: Adadio; Pinchas Zukerman, violin; London Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta, conductor

Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, Op. 36 - Variation IX (Nimrod): Adagio; London Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor; Paul Nicholson, organ; Guildhall String Ensemble/Robert Salter, leader/director

Georges Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1 - III; Adagietto, The Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy, conductor

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor - III: Adagietto: Sehr Iangsam, The Philadelphia Orchestra/James Levine, conductor

Lucy E. Cross' notes on these classics. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/lucy_cross_notes_on_classics.htm