I was very sad to hear the news that country music legend, Loretta Lynn, had passed away today. She was born in 1932 into an impoverished Appalachian family but left us at the age of 90 as country music royalty. Her story is a testament to the marriage of talent and grit.
One of the few US stations that reached South America when my mom was growing up was Voice of America. Aside from news, it played classic country and my mom fell in love with the genre.
When we were little she shared that love with us. Classic country was nearly a daily staple in my house. I grew up listening to country greats like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, and, of course, Loretta Lynn.
Her music spoke to me because it was like listening to your Auntie giving you life advice. Every song told a story and her music was just so down to earth than anyone could relate to it. I could run around singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” all day. You might have just thought I knew something about coal miners. I didn’t but I felt every word. LOL
That’s the power of her music. She poured so much of herself into it that it made you feel like you knew her. When Loretta Lynn sang she took you on a journey through her life, making you feel her pain and her triumphs.
It seems as if we are in a time where losing legends is almost an everyday occurrence. It’s a bit weird to experience the loss of so many back-to-back.
Loretta Lynn was a lady who always carried herself with humility and grace, but she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind in her songs. I mean she told ole girl, “you ain’t woman enough to take my man.” How could anyone not love that? Thankfully, we have the beautiful music Loretta Lynn left us but she will be missed.