Ramblin’ Rhodes: Year’s end brings about recollection of favorite quotes

In keeping with tradition, my last column of this year is devoted to some of my favorite quotes obtained during 2016:

 

SARA EVANS, on being married to University of Alabama former star quarterback Jay Barker and living with her family in a suburb of Birmingham, “Oh, yes, my life really is totally normal when I’m home. People always assume that I don’t have a normal life, but that really is the furthest thing from the truth. You just have no choice but do the normal things with your family. Touring and singing and making records are my job, but it’s like being a surgeon and also being a mom. You would come home and be a mom and wouldn’t be thinking about surgery.”

EVELYN LOWE (pioneer disc jockey “Miss Soul”), lyrics from her new CD Different Colors, Different Names: “You are my sister. You are my brother. We have to learn to accept each other. We have to learn to love one another. We are one and the same. Different colors, different names.”

C.J. TRITT, on the death of his friend Chipa Wolfe, co-founder of Augusta’s Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival: “He was a wonderfully loving man and is missed by everyone that knew him. Right after Hurricane Katrina, Chipa went to New Orleans to help with the abandoned animals. He brought home and rescued hundreds of helpless critters. … He dedicated so much time throughout his life to saving those who needed saving; people and animals alike. And he never wanted nor asked for anything in return.”

PHIL GALAVIZ, on continuing the Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival as the new Native American Festival, “I can’t say enough good things about this community that has embraced this festival. I want it to be a showcase to America of how Augusta embraces its cultural heritages especially as it applies to Native Americans.”

ADAM TRENT, illusionist on advice from popular Las Vegas magician Mac King: “He told me do as many shows as possible and in as many terrible situations as possible. With magic you have to be ready for anything that happens. You want to get better and better so whatever does happen you can handle it, and the more it makes you look bulletproof.”

McKENNA HYDRICK, as noted in the notes for her CD Ever After: ”I am so thankful for the opportunities God has given me and for how He has brought me back to my dream. I tear up every time I hold my EP in my hands. It represents so much more than just a collection of songs. It’s a comeback story. It’s a story of hope. Dreams that won’t fade are meant to be pursued. I am so grateful to be living out my dream!”

TOMMY BRINSON, on quitting his day job as assistant band director at Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Ga., to join the Savannah-based Fabulous Equinox Orchestra full time: “Yes, it makes me a little anxious not to be working daily 7:30 to 4, but I think this band will continue to grow. The tipping point was deciding to either jump aboard and continue to the journey that the band is on or get off and let someone else continue the journey.”

SARAH JAROSZ, on the serenity of walking around a reservoir in New York City’s Central Park: “When I’m not on the road, I make a real effort to get there as much as possible. With my Texas roots I have to have some level of outdoor time and find some escapism in that way.”

REGINA McCRARY of The McCrary Sisters, on a private audition to sing backup for Bob Dylan: “I knew Bob Dylan’s music, but I didn’t know him. … He’s very private and yet very kind. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s got a close relationship with god.”

RICK McKEE, editorial cartoonist with The Augusta Chronicle: “Timing is critical to elicit a big response. What’s funny about the [presidential] election today will probably not be funny three days from now. … Negative comments don’t bother me at all. Usually it means I’ve stepped on the right toes and made somebody think.”

SANDI PATTY, gospel music superstar on growing up with summers in her native Oklahoma: “I remember my sweet grandma Patty who always just available whether it was giving me a back scratch or just being together on a front porch swing. I have so many wonderful memories of spending a couple of weeks with her every summer.”

MICHELLE BERTING BRETT, on her tribute to Karen Carpenter and Karen’s relationship with her duo partner and piano-playing brother, Richard: “The family focused on Richard as the ‘golden child’ … who was the main person behind The Carpenter’s success. But he was pushed aside as the duo became more and more famous. I think Richard absolutely adored Karen and she appreciated his talents. But they would go on a [network] TV show, and he would be regarded simply as ‘Karen’s brother’ instead of being lauded as the brains behind the act.”

MERLE HAGGARD, who died April 6 on his 79th birthday, told me in 1974 about growing up without his father who died when Haggard was 9: “It’s hard to recommend a replacement for a father. I guess an older brother may be the closest thing, but it depends on the individual. Sometimes you just have to make it without one. I’m sort of running into that same problem now with my own children. … With my work I have to be gone a lot on the road. Sure I have my management and other business people back home who can check on my kids, but it still doesn’t take the place of a dad.”

RHONDA VINCENT, “Queen of Bluegrass Music” recalling her father, Johnny Vincent, who was paralyzed when Rhonda was 2 years old: “Dad was very independent. If you went over to help him he would say, ‘Take your hands off me,’ but he would let someone hold their arm out for support. He picked us up at school each day, but he still kept us at arms’ length. But he always wanted to do things with us including playing music.”

DAVID CASSIDY, co-producer of the documentary film Miss Sharon Jones! on the Nov. 18 death of the R&B star and Augusta native: “I’m grateful that Sharon enjoyed our film, and that we are all now keepers of her legacy. I hold that it’s an honor to have my name on the film of her life. My words here are a bit ineloquent. I’m still struggling to allow people to understand how special Sharon was to so many. Perhaps it’s an experience only those that really knew her can grasp.”

 

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