JT is one of those artists I totally dug as a kid, still do in all kinds of ways, his music anyway, and it's funny, my nephew, the Slayer fan, totally digs JT, and Carol King, too, but JT as a human being I have no clue about, other than what I’ve led myself to believe based on the stuff I’ve seen, and read, interviews and stuff, but when I was 11 or 12 when this particular image was taken, it wasn’t the Sweet Baby James album, but the next one I think, can’t remember it’s name, I just totally dug him.
He was just as cute as he could be.
And he was one of those guys who only got better looking as he got older, I remember seeing him in Phoenix, or maybe OKC, or maybe both, and he was getting on up there, I was, too, and thinking, man, he is just as cute as a male of the species can be. He did a funny little movement with his leg while he was playing sometimes, cute, all kinds of nice little tics and such.
He’s another one of those artists whose songs I can sing pretty well, too, okay anyway, my range, and I know almost all the words, and they’re nice words, great songwriter, beautiful, and yeah, I can walk on down, walk on down, and walk on down that country road, and hit that note just as low as he does, easy peasy. I can do the la la la stuff afterwards okay, too.
But what brings JT to mind this afternoon is that once I heard him in an interview, and it was probably pretty early, and so early in fact I probably didn’t hear it, I probably read it, and what he said was “Nobody can possibly imagine how weird (or maybe he said hard, I don’t recall) it is to be me”.
And I thought, James, you ignorant slut, don’t you realize that everybody in the world feels that way? I mean, really, who the hell do you think you are? Somebody special? You’re not.
He’s cute as all get out. He wrote some awesome songs, he’s an artist extraordinaire, but special? It kind of turned me off, no matter how cute he is.
And thing is, then I started looking at some other stuff. I mean, he was lots of fun at that one concert, or two, I guess he was in a good mood, but when I look at the “JT Live in Wherever” video (yeah, the TV might just go away tomorrow, and I’m considering the last things to watch), I remember, it looked really, really contrived.
Like the studio musicians were all tense. He’s mostly a studio musicians kind of guy, I can tell.
Could be I only watched it once, perhaps I’ll give it another look. He is cute. I do like his music. He showers the people he loves with love, or so he says.
Yeah, I’ll give it another look before it goes. In any case, I'll always love JT. Do me wrong, or do me right, that was just it.