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Once in a Blue Moon; A Stroll Through Country Music Ballads of the 80's & 90's

Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

Once in a Blue Moon.....

Once in a Blue Moon.....


As much as I enjoy writing about politics, news of the day, current events - that's not all which interests me.

There are many things which interest me, I am not a one-trick pony!

Which brings me to one of my favorite subjects -



But as much as I love music, there are certain genres, I love best.

There are certain bands, solo artists, sounds, instruments, powerful lyrical songs which elicit emotions...

there are undeniable, timeless intros, etc., which I love best!

Some of my favorite music, came out of the mid to late 1980's and into and throughout the 1990's.

That time period, in my humble opinion, produced some of the best Country music ballads of all time!

I will share a few of my favorites, with you today and the plan is to keep it going with other articles on this particular subject.

There's a lot of music to be covered, so sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the soothing sounds, while, hopefully, getting to know some of the Artists, a little better.

Songs Which Stop you in your Tracks

Some songs have the power to stop you in your tracks when you hear them. Especially when they are older songs that you no longer hear as often.

While your your tracks, it is not uncommon for memories to come flooding back!

Most all for me, with a couple of exceptions, (won't go there) bring back great memories.

Some songs, from the very first note or two, even having heard it for the very first time, you just know in your gut, that you are going to like the song, possibly even love the song.

They may even instantly capture a special tucked away place within, where they will forever reside.

Do you know what I mean?

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'Once In a Blue Moon', by Earl Thomas Conley, is one of those songs.

For each of us, individually, these are the songs that live on

It would never enter our mind to say, "if I hear that song one more time, I'll scream, croak, throw something", whatever... (fill in the blank)

These songs for us, have entered into that special place within and we'd never discredit them.

If we do, even for a fleeting moment, then they never really made it into that special tucked away place!

I love everything Earl Thomas Conley put out, especially his ballads, but ‘Once In a Blue Moon’ tops my list.

Another great song from that unmatched era was by an artist with such a unique voice, a voice made for ballads. Sadly, he left this earth much too soon, but he still managed to leave behind, some incredible songs.

When you Say Nothing at All', by Keith Whitley.

Can't forget the ladies!

The female artists were on fire, cranking out the ballads, during this period, as well.

Another one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite singers of all time -

'Nothin' But the Wheel', by Patty Loveless.

She, as Earl Thomas Conley and Keith Whitley, has one of those voices, with the talent and the ability to put you right there with them, taking you along for the ride:

Once In a Blue Moon

When You Say Nothing at All

Nothin' But the Wheel

Loaded Up

This time frame was loaded up...with some of the best Country music ballads and some of the best talent ever, in my humble opinion.

Settling on a few artists and a few songs, has proven to be a difficult task.

I think we are off to a great start though!

Hopefully, it will send some of you that haven't been exposed to the music of this era on your own journey and as a result, a new love will be added to your many other loves.

Maybe it will begin...right here, right now!

An artist still turning out hit after hit, most know his name, he has been doing this for a long time now, but I adore his early stuff the best.

Points for longevity; I am including two songs by Kenny Chesney:

'When I Close my Eyes', by Kenny Chesney

'Grandpa Told Me So', by Kenny Chesney

When I Close my Eyes

Grandpa Told Me So

Pure Country

Pure Country was not only a movie starring one of my favorite, traditional, country music singers, George Strait; it describes the voices of so many from this incredible era of music.

When mentioning pure country, must include, the Tracy boys; Tracy Lawrence and Tracy Byrd, they have such incredible gifts and we certainly benefited from their gifts back in the 90's, fortunately for us, their music lives on.

Both men had multiple hits during the 1990's

In narrowing it down to just one each, I will have to go with:

‘Today's Lonely Fool', by Tracy Lawrence and

'Keeper of the Stars', by Tracy Byrd.

But, as for George Strait, I cannot narrow it down!

There is no way that I will ever settle on just one of his ballads, but a good starting place is one from early on in his career -

'Chill of an Early Fall', by George Strait

No doubt, I will be sharing more from Earl Thomas Conley, Patty Loveless and George Strait, as I work on more of this type article.

I love every artist, every song shared, but they are probably my three all time favorites!

These songs are so relatable, so "been there, done that" ~

the songs which reflect and tell ~

the stories of our lives:

Today's Lonely Fool

Keeper of the Stars

Chill of an Early Fall

Sadly, I must wrap up this first unwrapping

Fortunately for us, wonderful music lives on, with a tap, a prompt or a turn of a knob!

But, this isn't a quick exit; first a few more tunes.

Clint Black was having a heck of a career going for himself, when he retired early and whether it was planned or not, that is exactly what he did!

While he has too many hits to list, I must share one of my all-time favorites by him.

'Loving Blind', Clint Black.

He met his beautiful wife, Lisa Hartman, and together, they rode off into the sunset.

But, before he did, he left us with yet another incredible song, another one of my all-time favorites, which just so happens to be...a duet, with his wife.

'When I Said I Do', by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black.

Speaking of beautiful and duets, Trisha Yearwood, is so much more than just a pretty face, amazing cook and the Mrs. to Mr. Garth Brooks.

No worries, Garth is coming up in Part Two.

Trisha Yearwood has an amazing voice and the song I am choosing from her repertoire, is the perfect song to end on.

‘The Song Remembers When’, by Trisha Yearwood

I started out by describing how certain songs stop us in our tracks.

Memories, both good and bad and sometimes sad, come flooding back, when we hear these particular songs.

The song remembers, even when we may have forgotten a time, a place, an event, a person...

If there is a better song to end this first little stroll of ours, not sure which one that would be.

Stay tuned!

Loving Blind

When I Said I Do

The Song Remembers When

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Angie B Williams


Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 24, 2020:

Thanks Shannon, it’s so nice to know that others appreciate this decade of music as much as I do!

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 24, 2020:

Bring on all the parts, I say. I'll certainly read and listen. ;)

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 24, 2020:

Thank you Eric, I hope it helped to brighten your day a bit!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 24, 2020:

I forgot several Shannon, no doubt about it. I was focusing on some of my all-time favorite ballads/love songs and yes, there are many more of them, unshared.

Maybe a 5-part series is in order.

No argument from me about singing being therapeutic! I sound so the shower! ;)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 24, 2020:

A fun read and listen. thanks

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 24, 2020:

You know who else you forgot? A big-name duet known as Brooks & Dunn. LOL

This one is often on one of the local radio stations that plays mostly 90s country. "Lost & Found:"

Now....speaking of looking at people like they've done lost their mind, just so you know I havne't lost mine......I was reading about singing and it does have physical benefits, not just mental benefits. It releases endoprhins and that it reduces cortisol levels.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 24, 2020:

Hi Flourish, great decade, so many talented artists with so many heart wrenching songs and beautiful love songs.

I keep finding songs that I should have included. (I am sure you know the feeling :))

This is another one by Earl Thomas, I am sure you'll remember it too:

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 23, 2020:

I haven’t thought about Earl Thomas Conley in a long time but I loved that song in particular! That decade in country music was great.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

It's a nice distraction!

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

Aw, that's too bad. I'm surprised they had someone perform instead and didn't issue you a refund.

The first version I heard of "When You Say Nothing at All" was Alison Krauss'. In fact, it was the very first song of hers that I heard. I love her voice. Plus, she's from my hometown.

Keith's wife Lorrie Morgan was one I listened to a lot. My cousin taught me a line dance that went to "Watch Me" that had the dancers walking when she said "oh, just watch me walk away". That was when I learned definitively that I can't even line dance. Talk about two left feet!

Thanks again for tolerating my many comments here....My mind has been on country music all day. I've been working on my website. I wish I had more time to spend the day on it more often.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

All good ones!

I had to revise my article to include Keith Whitley. Can't believe I forgot him, his music was on, all of the time, around our house. He was a favorite of my husband.

In fact, we had tickets to go see him in concert and it was announced that he was in the hospital. Johnny Rodriguez performed in his place. Not long after that, we heard the news that Keith had died. :(

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

Oh, has ALWAYS been my go-to. If I could sing better and didn't mind being the center of attention on a stage, I'd have been a singer. There's something about singing along with some songs or artists I love that is relaxing. Hard to explain, but it's a physical feeling caused by the act itself and the way my voice vibrates....not vibrato.

Do you mean the Toby Keith song? Or what I'm listening to at the moment? LOL...Here is the blue moon song your title put in my head.......

SO many by Collin Raye.....One Boy, One Girl....Love, Me....If I Were You....In This Life.

This one is a cheat since it's from 2007....but "Stealing Cinderella" is a pretty daddy-daughter ballad and it's what's playing right tnow.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

Yay....your mind is off of all of the negative stuff for a while!

My work here is done! ;)

Of course you have to share the song that is on your mind now!

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

Well, I already told you that "Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You" is stuck in my head now.....All your fault, too. I had to pull it up on YouTube because it won't go away until I listen to it. I know for certain I like most of Toby's 90s songs better than the stuff he puts out today.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

Yes, another great song. I love Patty Loveless. She has always been one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

I should have mentioned in the article for all to feel free to share their favorites. In fact, please do!

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

This one...made me cry the very first time I heard it....but it's such a beautiful song.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to comment Paula.

I love all of these songs shared, don't think I could pick a favorite out of them, each one is so meaningful to me.

It's a delightful change of direction, no doubt!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

Thank you Shannon.

As HP's resident Country music aficionado, I will definitely take note of your suggestions! :)

Suzie from Carson City on April 23, 2020:

Angie......I'm quite pleased you chose to go "in a different direction," today. Music is always a good choice. Every artist you highlight here, is an enormous talent and ones I have enjoyed through the years. I definitely agree with you about "George," Yes, maam, he is E-Z on the eyes!!

Not only are all the artists great but your song choices are

"Unforgettable.Tunes," that spark memories and emotion

Thanks so much, girlfriend, for enlightening me when you share your thoughts, both here on HP and via email.

Another BUSY day for me. Later! Back to living life!

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

George is old enough to be my dad. He's quite handsome, yes, but I prefer Keith Urban since he's a little closer to my age range. Remember, I was in middle school and high school in the 90s.

Did you mention Garth Brook's "The River"? That's a favorite, too....for your part 2...haha.

And Pam Tillis with songs like "Let That Pony Run"...

MInd McCreery....I was saddened by her tragic death.

Diamond Rio was a favorite of mine and Lonestar.

Martina McBride belts out ballads like no other. I also love Reba.....she may be at the top of my list.

Yep you need several more parts! ;)

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

...and I still think, who cares!! Just look at him!

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

LOL....You did do a good job. Oh and, every true country fan loves George, but I still think his acting leaves a lot to be desired. ;)

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 23, 2020:

Maybe I should have phrased it, although I did such a good job in my song selection, which songs would you add? ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 23, 2020:

You shouldn't ask me how you did if one of the choices is "forgot too many good ones." LOL......But I guess you can only discuss so many here. 90s Country ballads are the best. And you listed one of my all-time favorites "Keeper of the Stars"!

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