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Three Chords and the Truth

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Posted: September 21, 2019

Celebrating Ken Burns' series on Country Music…

Three simple chords make country songs.
But that's not all. There's truth!
The pain of loss. The joy of love.
And truckstops in Duluth.

Ken Burns now helps us trace our roots
to Nashville royalty.
There's Johnny, June, Loretta, Hank. 
And don't forget Doll-y.

It's more than twang and nasal sounds.
We're owin' lots to Buck, 
to Merle and Willie, Flat and Scruggs
plus little Tanya Tuck.

The Ryman Auditorium.
The Grand Ole Opry, too.
These sacred places became church
to folks like me and you.

Dad burn it, Ken. You brought respect
to what some love to hate.
But Country Western, Bluegrass, too,
helped make our nation great.


Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network.   Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer,  which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.

Greg's writings have now been assembled in book form. Find out more.

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Posted: September 21, 2019

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