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From: TX, United States

Country, Classic Country, Traditional Country

Legends in My Mind

Being the son of a truck driver and a restaurant waitress, and growing up in several small west Texas towns, I was exposed at an early age to the realities of working class life such as hardship, suffering, and self-denial. My mom and dad’s priorities were to provide food, shelter, love, protection and to encourage us kids to strive for a better future.

Wealth, status, and material gain were never important to them, although, there was one luxury that they valued and I am so thankful for that. That luxury was their record player and their record collection. Since we couldn’t afford to travel, go out to eat, or participate in activities that required money, we stayed at home and listened to the records my mom and dad chose to “splurge” their limited funds on. My source of entertainment was to memorize these country classic hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and to attempt to impress my parents that I could sing these songs “just like” the country stars they admired so much. Being a pleaser, I longed for them to be proud of me.

Now that I’m over 50 years old, I am certain that my mom and dad were proud of me, and I didn’t have to sing like Johnny Horton or Marty Robbins to make them proud. Nevertheless, my life was so inspired by the hours and hours of listening to the legendary artists of the first twenty years of my life that I suppose they are permanently recorded in the archives of my mind.

Because my parents believed in me and encouraged me, I have achieved significant wealth and material gain, although, the most valuable lesson I learned from them was that I should inspire and have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Legends in My Mind gives me an opportunity to honor those who have inspired me, as well as an opportunity to inspire others to not give up on their talents because of age or social class.

The poet, Edgar Guest said it best when he said “Courage must come from the soul within, but you must furnish the will to win”. My hope is that this tribute album inspires you to use your God given talents to inspire and encourage others as well.

Ken Goldsmith