There have been several posts here about Becky Hobbs, but just in case you might have missed them, let me reintroduce her.
Picture a couple of junior high kids walking home together from the shopping center in a small Oklahoma town in the 1960's. She has just purchased "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."
The young man tries to impress the young lady who is a talented musician and is already composing songs.
He says, "You know the Beatles will never make it."
Fast forward to today. Those two adults still laugh about his prediction and are still good friends.
And, Becky has continued to write hit songs . . . Angels Among Us, one of Alabama's greatest hits, George on the Jukebox, one of her hits. Becky has also written songs recorded by Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Helen Reddy, John Anderson, Wanda Jackson, , Janie Fricke, Lacy J. Dalton, Moe Bandy, Shelly West, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Jane Oliver, Ken Mellons. . . just to name a few.
In 1988, Becky's co-written song "You Are," recorded by Glen Campbell and Emmylou Harris, was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Country & Western Vocal Performance -Duet category.
It was my pleasure to finally meet Becky several years ago in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, at the Price Tower. That same town small town mentioned above.
My day had started about 6:00 a.m. preparing for a birthday party. It almost ended with me being dead-dog tired in bed, and certainly not expecting to meet theHansMan's old flame who now lives in Nashville.
There was not one inch of makeup on my face, my hair was still wet from the shower, and I had on a pair of 'men's-cut-pajamas' with a pattern that made me look like I had been attacked by a leopard . . . with the leopard winning.
The conversation went something like this:
Him: Come on. Get out of bed. We're going to have a glass of wine with Becky.
Me: No, WE'RE not.
Him: She's waiting for us. Come on.
Me: I'm in my pajamas.
Him: She won't care.
Me: I care.
Him: She'll never notice.
Me: Is she blind ?
Him: No. She's nice and she'll understand that you're tired and were already in bed and that I dragged you out of bed and that you don't always look this bad.
So, we knocked on Becky's door and she greeted us looking like she had stepped out of a band box. . . blonde hair perfectly coiffed, a gorgeous 'cowgirl' outfit, complete with boots. . . and make-up.
Did I mention I was in my pajamas and was barefoot ?
theHansMan's old flame couldn't have been any sweeter, and I wouldn't trade that memory for anything. We sat and had a glass of wine and enjoyed the view of Bartlesville from the Price Tower.
Becky's latest album, Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, which she considers “her life’s work” is a tribute to her great Cherokee heritage. It was inspired by the life of her Fifth Great-grandmother, Nancy Ward (1738-1822), who went to battle at age seventeen and led the Cherokee to victory. After being honored as a War Woman, she advocated for peace and forgiveness over war and anger, and rose to the highest rank possible for a Cherokee woman.
One of my favorite songs on that album is Pale Moon.
Listen to the words very carefully. Some of the most beautiful lyrics EVER !
Michelle Honaker is singing in the first video.
Becky is singing in the second video . . .
The World Premiere of Nanyehi - Beloved Woman of the Cherokee:
Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center
April 14-29, 2o12
Reserve Tickets: 706-376-7397
Song Writer: Becky Hobbs
Director/Co-Writer: Nick Sweet
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But a musician paints pictures on silence."
"I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hour, to show us how to live, to teach us how to give, to guide us with the light of love."