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At the end of chapter 2 Vance tells us of the song Dwight Yoakam wrote about his own move from southern Kentucky. Vance tells us that the lyrics could have come straight out of Mamaw's diary:

"They thought readin', writin', Route 23 would take them to the good life that they had never seen;
They didn't know that old highway would lead them to the world of misery."

I'm still working my way through the book, but took some time to learn Yoakam's song which captures some elements of the book.
As I struggle to learn the guitar in my retirement, this is my version of Yoakam's song.

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Post Re: Ch. 1 through 3 of Hillbilly Elegy
Can't listen to the clip, LevV, but good for you to be taking up guitar. Picking up a new skill is something to think about for retirement. I've been in the retirement game for about 8 mos. One thing I'm finding is that when I worked I had to try to use my time effectively. I didn't always succeed, but the pressure helped. Now that the pressure is gone, I'm the best, or worst, fritterer of time I can think of. Focus, that's the thing.



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Thanks for the encouragement DWill. It has become my favorite pastime giving me much enjoyment.

I still struggle with the operation of this site. After some editing I ended up with these messages I couldn't get rid of. The thing is, I am able to open and hear the recording on my computer. It opens in my "GrooveMusic" app.



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LevV wrote:
Thanks for the encouragement DWill. It has become my favorite pastime giving me much enjoyment.

I still struggle with the operation of this site. After some editing I ended up with these messages I couldn't get rid of. The thing is, I am able to open and hear the recording on my computer. It opens in my "GrooveMusic" app.


Wow, Levv. It sounds great. You're singing too? Nice job. You have a good voice for country music.

The Booktalk link gives me a "plug-in failed to load" message, but the MP3 downloaded fine to my computer.

I dabble with the guitar too, but I don't think I could play this song. I might give it a try anyway.


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Glad you were able to open the damn thing geo - and happy to hear you enjoyed it. I don't sing much country but I did have a good time learning this one. There were a few lines that gave me some trouble and since you also dabble with the guitar you likely know where they are.
Besides connecting with the story, I had another reason to learn this piece - Dwight Yoakam has my first name :yes:



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Glad you were able to open the damn thing geo - and happy to hear you enjoyed it. I don't sing much country but I did have a good time learning this one.

Hey, Dwight :-D , I wish you would post a video on YouTube. Strangely there are no guitar lessons of this song, and it seems a good one for beginners.


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Hey, Dwight , I wish you would post a video on YouTube. Strangely there are no guitar lessons of this song, and it seems a good one for beginners.


I'm not ready for that. You might try doing what I did. I went to UltimateGuitar.com for the chords and lyrics. I then played along with the original until I was satisfied with the results. He plays it in the key of D, three chords only: D,A and G.
I'd be interested in hearing how you make out with it.



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I had a cassette of Dwight Yoakam back in the day, singing greats like Home of the Blues by Johnny Cash. Here is Route 23



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