Mark Sullivan

October 25, 2007

How I got the money for the new Dwight Yoakam album

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:21 pm

The following post may cause embarrassment to some people.

On April 1, 2006 I became a Dwight Yoakam fan. For the whole month of April I listened to no other music. So when I heard that he had a new album coming out Oct. 23rd, I had to get it. It is his first new album since I’ve been a fan. But cash is tight around the Sullivan household, and I would feel guilty dropping $15 just like that.

Then I remembered the box of chocolate bars that a friend had given us. It was a big box that people bring to work for fundraisers. Please support Johnny’s soccer team etc… Yes I did.

I took the box of candy-bars to work and put up a sign that said in big letters “Free Candy Bars.” In small letters it said, “any donations will go toward the purchase of the new Dwight Yoakam album.” In one day I had ten bucks which gets you the whole album on iTunes.

When I pressed play on my iPod this morning for the first listen, I expected a let down. What kind of person would sell candy-bars to his co-workers to buy an album. How lame? I knew I would be disappointed. Not. Three listens later, and I’m loving it more and more. I know all the words to all the songs already because it’s Buck Owens. What’s the matter with that?

How could I doubt that the great Dwight Yoakam would not deliver the goods on a tribute to his idol?

Back to the iPod.


  1. He’s a great actor too. Do you remember watching Slingblade circa 1996 on Neville St…. Yoakam’s character says something like “Linda, you know I can’t so much as eat a sandwich around a midget or a piece of antique furniture.” That is one of my favorite movie quotes ever.

    Hey, I have another idea. Drag your kid around for Halloween to harvest more free candy. Then you can get even more tunage. Just an idea from another conniving parent.

    I’m listening to Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. Kind of a mystical, musical “Deus Caritas Est”.

    Comment by Pauli — October 26, 2007 @ 9:44 am

  2. No one can sing like Dwight Yoakam.

    Comment by TheGodFearinFiddler — November 1, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

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