We asked you all to recall your favorite memory from Dwight's music, a fond recall of a show, or any special memory relating to Dwight. A winner has finally been chosen! Audrey Conn is the new owner of '3 Pears' on vinyl signed by Dwight. Congratulations, Audrey!
There were many wonderful entries, thank you to everyone who submitted their stories! Read Audrey's story below:
I grew up listening to Dwight. My mom has always been a big fan. My granddad would teach me songs by Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash on the guitar, and I really started to love it. I got my first guitar on my 7th birthday. After that, I started teaching myself Dwight's songs. I would listen and pick out the chords and get the rhythm just right. Pretty soon I had taught myself every song on the dwightyoakamacoustic.net album. I started procuring his albums throughout my teenage years until I had them all and I continued to teach myself his songs. He always seemed to have the right words when I struggled in life. He was an integral part of my adolescence. I would sit and play all the Dwight songs I knew and would even teach them to my granddad. My grandmother loved hearing me play and sing the songs.
When my grandmother fell ill, I played my granddad's Yamaha for her. She had given the guitar as a wedding gift to him 45 years prior. I played her every Dwight song I knew and spent many an evening playing at her bedside. Soon, she began to call me, "Dwight." The name was so endearing to me. A particularly delicate memory was when my grandmother was very ill and speaking out of her head. She had trouble speaking and recognizing people. I walked into her hospital room and my mother asked her, "Do you know who that is?" She almost immediately replied without missing a beat, "That's Dwight." We both smiled and looked at each other for a long while. Not only did she know me, but also she remembered the nickname she had given me. As her health slowly deteriorated, she and I held our love of Mr. Dwight Yoakam to remain close to each other. I spent nearly every day with her since infancy. She lived very near and we were extremely close.
When my grandmother passed away last year, I clung to the memories of playing Dwight's songs for her and watching a DVD of Dwight on Austin City Limits as a young man. Dwight Yoakam has been a very special part of my life. Recently, by a chance of fate, Dwight traveled to Ashland Kentucky, only 30 minutes away from where I live, to play a concert. I feared I had found out about it too late and would not be able to attend the concert. When I got home from class one day, however, my mother surprised me with tickets. My sister and I saw him perform at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland. I still consider it one of the best nights of my life. I could not contain my emotion as I thought of my grandmother and I saw him only rows ahead of me on the stage. I knew every word to the songs and had a wonderful time conversing with fellow Dwight fans. His song, "Never Alright" affected me deeply as I felt the lyrics were so profound and seemed to perfectly convey the feelings of losing a loved one. When my grandmother passed, I felt that the phrases, "It will be alright" and, "You'll be okay" were not true. I understood the sentiment but did not feel I could ever be "alright" again. The song made my heart feel at ease as I relished in the fact that someone understood how I felt.
So, in conclusion of my long-winded memory (ies), I feel that Dwight Yoakam will always have a cherished place in my heart. He will always be an important part of my past, present, and future.
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- A Heart Like Mine
- Guitars, Cadillacs
- Trying (clip)
- Streets of Bakersfield
- Fast As You
- A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
- Ain't That Lonely Yet
- Suspicious Minds
- Honky Tonk Man
- Little Sister
- Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Take Hold Of My Hand
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