‘All About Dat Beard’
Posted on 12.25.16 by Danny Glover @ 5:28 pm

A Facebook friend shared a music video parody called “All About Dat Beard” in my news feed today. Posting it here seems like a good follow-up to my decision to don beard ornaments last night. Merry Christmas to all you fellow long-bearded men — and to your “better halves” who hate your facial hair!


Filed under: Culture and Just For Laughs and Music and Redneck Humor and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Video
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The Sad Life Of Being A W.Va. Expatriate
Posted on 11.29.16 by Danny Glover @ 7:16 pm

It periodically occurs to me, as it did when I heard this song, that I’ve now lived more of my life outside West Virginia than in it. That makes me sad.


Filed under: Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Video and West Virginia
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Lady Gaga’s Mom Was A WVU Cheerleader
Posted on 02.09.16 by Danny Glover @ 7:41 pm

I knew Lady Gaga had some West Virginia roots — she even gave the state a plug in her song “Born This Way” — but until today I didn’t know her Mom was a West Virginia University cheerleader.

That bit of history popped into my Facebook feed yesterday in the form of a picture of Mother Gaga in WVU cheerleading garb, and Lady Gaga herself confirmed it today by sharing the photo on Instagram. The family resemblance is obvious.


Mommy captain cheerleader at a football game for WVU years ago, so cool to see this floating around Facebook. ❤️🌭 by @ladygaga


Filed under: Music and People and Social Media and Technology and West Virginia
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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Goes Country
Posted on 07.07.15 by Danny Glover @ 6:47 pm

Steven Tyler’s claim to fame is singing and screaming for the rock band Aerosmith. But now the dude who looks like a lady is singing country music.

My Grandpa Tumblebug, who wrote and recorded “Ode to the EPA,” is probably rolling over in his grave. But I have to admit I kind of like Tyler’s new song, “Love Is Your Name.”


Filed under: Family and Music and People and Redneck Music
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The National Firearms Anthem
Posted on 10.24.14 by Danny Glover @ 12:01 am

This here is real redneck talent:


Filed under: Hunting & Guns and Music and Video
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An Inspiring Adoption Song
Posted on 02.04.14 by Danny Glover @ 9:38 pm

Somewhere within my heart is a song about adoption looking for a voice. I have a title for it that comes from the last paragraph of our adoption story and even drafted some lyrics several years ago.

But I’ve never been able to finish the song. I guess I’m a writer but not a songwriter.

John Waller, on the other hand, is a songwriter. And he tells an inspiring adoption story in “Orphan,” a song about a little girl’s quest for her “forever home.”

The song is even more powerful when you realize that little girl at the beginning and end of the video is Waller’s adopted daughter, and the people who play the parents are his sister and brother-in-law.

I hope someday I can find the words to pen our adoption story in lyrics, but for now, I’ll just listen to John Waller’s and appreciate all of the parents and children who found each other through adoption. “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27).


Filed under: Adoption and Family and Music and Video
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Walmart’s ‘Black Friday’ Fail
Posted on 12.26.13 by Danny Glover @ 1:16 pm

My wife and I have never been interested in braving the crazy masses to Christmas shop on Black Friday, and we’re even less inclined to join the insanity now that “Black Friday” actually begins a day early, on Thanksgiving Day. We’d rather enjoy the evening with family than waste it on conspicuous consumption for a holiday that has become far too commercialized.

But this year a confluence of events convinced my wife to go shopping on Thanksgiving night: 1) Our son really wanted Beats headphones; 2) God blessed our new communications business with a surplus of work and income, so we could afford to splurge on the children; and 3) Walmart had a great deal on headphones for anyone who shopped that night.

Many people who shop on the wildest day of the year can’t get the gifts they want because they fly off the shelves. Walmart didn’t have any Beats headphones by the time she trekked to the Walmart nearest to my parents’ house in West Virginia.

But as promised because she shopped during the allotted time, Walmart gave her a rain check and promised to deliver the headphones to our local store in the Washington, D.C., area between Dec. 14 and Dec. 22. One big item off the shopping list early, right?

Wrong. We started getting antsy about Walmart’s ability to deliver on time midway between the two promised dates. Then on Dec. 21 we received this email: “Your Walmart.com order is almost ready for pickup. … You’ll receive a separate email when your item is ready for pickup. We will also be emailing you a $10 eGift Card for any inconvenience that may occur if your item does not arrive” on time.

Less than 24 hours later we learned that “almost ready” in Wally World doesn’t mean “sometime in the next three days before you have to wrap the gift and leave town for Christmas.” We received that $20 gift card but not the gift that our son wanted most this year. Thanks for nothing, Walmart!

Thankfully this Christmas story has a happy ending. We’re regular customers of Best Buy, and they sent an email the morning of Dec. 22 advertising a one-day special on select Beats headphones. Even better, they cost $15 less than what we paid for a rain check that Walmart couldn’t manage to fill in three weeks’ time.

Our son got his headphones; we got a gift certificate that we’ll use at Walmart the day we go to get a refund on the headphones that were never delivered; and we learned never to shop at Walmart on Black Friday. There are better ways to fill the emptiness underneath our Christmas tree.


Filed under: Business and Family and Holidays and Music and West Virginia
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Pitch Perfect Cups And One Direction Piano
Posted on 08.03.13 by Danny Glover @ 6:38 pm

These creative music videos found their way into my Facebook feed, and I enjoyed both of them immensely. I wish I had this kind of rhythm and musical talent:


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Farewell ‘High-Tech Redneck’ George Jones
Posted on 04.27.13 by Danny Glover @ 12:10 am

This morning as my Facebook feed filled with the news that country music legend George Jones had died at age 81, my mind drifted to his 1993 hit song “High-Tech Redneck.” I am one, so the song is perfect fodder for this blog as a tribute to Jones. But as you watch the video and listen to the lyrics, think about how outdated the high-tech redneck of 1993 is today:

Did you catch the size of the headphones on the dog in that video and the cell phone that Jones pulls out at the end? What about the talk of VCRs, cassette tapes and CB radios? Or the reference to a “plugged in” bumpkin? Any redneck celebrating those “advances” today most definitely would fall into the bumpkin category!


Filed under: History and Music and News & Politics and People and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and Rednecks and Video
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Brad Paisley, The ‘Accidental Racist’
Posted on 04.08.13 by Danny Glover @ 11:41 pm

Back in 1997, President Bill Clinton tried to cement his legacy as America’s “first black president” by initiating a national “conversation about race.” The conversation didn’t last long — or yield much.

More than a decade later in a speech during Black History Month, Attorney General Eric Holder called America “nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing race. And a few weeks ago when a Philadelphia newspaper ran a piece on “Being White in Philly,” Mayor Michael Nutter responded by calling for a formal rebuke of the paper.

This is what happens when political and media elites try to shape public opinion. Maybe it’s time to give a redneck and a rap star a voice in the conversation.

Country boy Brad Paisley, who was born and raised about 40 minutes up the Ohio River from my hometown, and rapper LL Cool J certainly want to be heard. They’re trying to bring enlightenment to the race debate through the lyrics of Paisley’s new song, “Accidental Racist,” which approaches the subject from the perspective of a white Southerner wearing a Confederate flag and black man in a do-rag.

Here’s a snippet from Paisley’s part in the duet:

The red flag on my chest somehow
Is like the elephant in the corner of the South
And I just walked him right in the room
Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms
Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view
I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the southland
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can rewrite history

And here’s LL Cool J’s take on the current state of racial affairs:
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