Mother was our scrapbook keeper, saving stories about us and our evangelist and musician friends during the 1940’s and ’50’s. These books were much too big to travel in the car on The Glory Road. They stayed on a shelf in the apartment we rented in Texarkana while we toured the South.
When we made a quick stop before hitting the road again, she tucked clippings inside, often adding handwritten captions. Something about watching her work with them set her apart for a few hours from the mostly unsentimental person we knew. Always nocturnal while the rest of us were early risers, you’d find her at the kitchen table long after we’d gone to bed, still drinking strong coffee, adding stories with her scissors and tape.
Every time I turn a page now, edges crumble, leaving a trail of scraps on the floor. I’ll preserve these using whatever technology works best.
The Joneses in the Hollywood Reporter
American Roots music on stage and screen
From The Glory Road manuscript, here’s a front porch homecoming.
1956: On our way to California we stopped outside Shreveport to visit Daddy’s people.
Paw Paw’s little white house on the banks of the Red River overflowed that summer with kinfolks coming to visit because our Daddy, Raymond, the firstborn of ten, was in town. With his brothers and sisters and their wives and husbands and kids, we took up a lot of room, inside and out. The front steps stacked up with Joneses and their instruments, buzzing with music and storytelling and chicory-coffee and sweet tea and biscuits and ham. Sometime during every visit, Daddy would insist everybody sing, “This World is Not My Home.”
Here are some things these two shows below have in common.
They’re both on Netflix now.
Their soundtracks are outstanding.
Both feature that song recorded by my parents.
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, a movie released last year, has a title that echoes the lyrics. The End Of The F***ing World is a Netflix series. In the first season, the show featured an outstanding soundtrack including vintage tracks from Hank Williams, Rick Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Brenda Lee, my parents, and many more.
Brother Ray and Sister Fern Jones “This World is Not My Home” From the album Fern Jones/The Glory Road