Lucky Lindsey

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The brightness of Grammy Awards night shone a ray of light in the CSRA on Sunday.

That's because a talented ray of light of our own - Wilkes County's own Hillary Lee Lindsey - won the coveted recording honor for Best Country Song, for co-writing the hit Jesus, Take the Wheel.

"As a little girl, my daddy kept telling me, 'One day you're gonna win a Grammy,' " Hillary said in a phone interview Saturday.

"And she did," a jubilant Ricky Lindsey said Sunday. "And she's got plenty of more."

He could be right. It's not like Hillary's songs haven't been sung by big-name artists before - Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack.

Can we be more proud of such a promising homegrown talent? Well, possibly so - when we write the editorial about the next Grammy that Hillary wins.

Jesus, Take the Wheel so impressed Grammy judges that the song's performer, singing star Carrie Underwood, won an award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her rendition.

The song tells of a troubled young woman and a frightening moment in her life that couldn't have taken more than 30 seconds in real time. But the beautiful song explores the young mother's circumstances in common country music themes - lonesomeness, despondency, tragedy, survival, spiritual redemption.

It's a powerful song.

So powerful, in fact, that Hillary's hit could have gotten the Song of the Year Grammy, too.

Unfortunately, the judges were too busy whistling Dixie. As in Chicks.

That's who got Song of the Year. The same group who raised the hackles of untold patriotic Americans with their outspoken - most would say needlessly spoken - comments against President Bush and the Iraq war.

Their song that won? Not Ready to Make Nice, the Chicks' music-enhanced polemic about the backlash they received as a result of their unpopular war stance. As the title makes clear, they haven't changed a bit.

Whatever. It's much more of a pleasure to dwell on what was good about the Grammys - that a girl from Washington-Wilkes High School can pull down some of the hottest hardware the entertainment industry can bestow on an artist.

One fun part of this is that you may have seen an actual Grammy winner perform in your own back yard. Maybe you saw Hillary sing at First United Methodist Church in Washington. Maybe you glimpsed her during a Kiwanis Club-sponsored talent event.

And if any of you remember seeing the state 4-H Club's Clover and Company arts group perform the musical compilation I've Got the Music In Me in 1992, chances are you saw Hillary take the stage.

It's interesting that one of America's newest Grammy winners can't read music. Ah, well. The same goes for another CSRA Grammy winner - James Brown.

"Seems like you create music from the heart when it resonates from your soul - minus the music notes," Hillary said.

However she does it, we're the better for hearing her music.

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sportswriter
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sportswriter 02/13/07 - 09:05 am
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You couldn't help but get in

You couldn't help but get in a dig at the Dixie Chicks...their honors were well deserved, it's a shame more people didn't speak up against Bush and his reckless actions. Go ahead and wrap yourself in the American flag, we're great, we're tough, "Bring it on" terrortists, I am the decider! Patriotisim is the last refuge of a scoundrel. It seems the country music fans in general are not very bright, they dis the Dixie Chicks, who are right about Bush by the way. Keep on listening to your Toby Keith albums, wave the flag and don't pay any attention to those thousands of flag-draped coffins coming home. Congrats Dixie Chicks, you have shown the true talent and bravery, the last laugh is yours.

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mgroothand 02/13/07 - 09:37 am
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Another "winner" was a rap

Another "winner" was a rap star known as Ludicrous(sp?) who used the "N" word numerous times during his performance. This at a time when most black organizations are trying to classify that word among the "F" bombs etc. Worthy of a Grammy? Yeah, sure.

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ljc 02/13/07 - 09:55 am
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I am very happy for Hillary

I am very happy for Hillary Lindsey AND the Dixie Chicks!!

truthbknown
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truthbknown 02/13/07 - 10:00 am
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Way to go Hillary!! Keep up

Way to go Hillary!! Keep up the good work. Your song really made me sit back and listen. I'm looking forward to hearing alot more of your songs!!!!!!!! Congradulations

out of towner
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out of towner 02/13/07 - 10:43 pm
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I don't want to take anything

I don't want to take anything away from Hillary Lindsey because she is a GREAT songwriter and I really think that Jesus Take The Wheel should have won Song of the Year, but unfortunately the Recording Academy members didn't see it that way. Carrie Underwood did win a Grammy in the category of Best Female Country VOCAL PERFORMANCE, but Lindsey did not win in the category of Song Of The Year which is the songwriter's award(at least not this year). So in reality Lindsey did not win a Grammy. But I have a feeling we will be hearing another one of her songs listed as a Grammy nominee very soon.

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lisai 02/14/07 - 09:41 am
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Confused music lover...you

Confused music lover...you are definitely confused as Hillary did win a grammy for Country song of the year. Just wanted to clear that up.

out of towner
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out of towner 02/14/07 - 09:55 am
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My apologies and

My apologies and congratulations to Hillary! She definitely deserved it! I had been thinking she had gotten ripped off! Thanks for clearing that up!

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