Saturday, August 24, 2013


As you know, I don't listen to modern country. I figure, there's only so many minutes in a day - I can't waste 'em on stuff that's just going to annoy me. (Trust me, when you get to be my age, you'll understand the "only so many minutes in a day" thing.)

As you may also know, I'm from North Dakota. Yea, it's actually one of the fifty states, and no, North Dakota doesn't have snow twelve months out of the year. And yes, it does have electricity. (North Dakota had MTV years before New York City did, so bite me, geography snobs.)

That said, a song titled, "North Dakota" probably isn't going anywhere. There's an inherent bias against anything that contains the word "north", because, you know, North = Cold.

If the title was simply "Dakota", then sure. The Dakota Apartments was where John Lennon lived, after all.

I wonder if people hear "South Dakota" and think, boy, I bet it's hot there. After all, it's in the south.

Anyway, there's this band (if two people can be called a band) called Tigirlily, and they're from North Dakota. Now, right off the bat, I have a problem with the spelling of their name. Maybe it's a play on words. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, because if it's not a play on words, then it's just dumb.

I don't know anything about these girls except that they're from North Dakota, and well, that's good enough for me. And, to my ears, they sound about as good as anything else country radio pukes out (no offense).

The first thing I noticed when watching this video that MY BRIDGE is in the background in some of the scenes. Yes, that's MY BRIDGE. I lived right across the river, on the west side of that bridge.Sure, it means nothing to you, but I've been away from home for fourteen years. Seeing that bridge is like seeing home again.

I did chuckle at this line:

We're from the north, but we're not Canadian.

That's kinda cheesy! However, as a songwriter, I know that sometimes you just have to give up and throw in a line that rhymes. Still makes me laugh, though.

So, if you want to check out "tigirlily", their website is here

We don't get a lot of famous people from North Dakota. We have Lawrence Welk and Angie Dickinson and Roger Maris. Oh, and that actor - what's his name? Josh Duhamel (he's married to Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas). If my friend Alice hadn't died young, she would have been a huge Nashville star. You can read about her in my book that's over there --> in the margin.

So kudos to anybody who's from North Dakota who has even a smidgeon of talent. To be fair, though, North Dakota's population is teeny tiny compared to those other forty-nine no doubt frigid states.

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