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James R. Stout

Blog posts February 2019

Maple Street Memories

            From May of 1963 through October of 1966 our family lived in Bryan, Texas. We moved there because my parents wanted to escape the big city of Houston and all that goes with living in a big city. Dad started his own piano tuning and repair business when we moved to Bryan. He had been work…

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Paw-Paw Gonna Fall In The Low!

            When I was a growing up our family made a once a month trek to visit my grandparents on their farm in East Texas. It was always something that we all looked forward to. In those days, we lived about 120 miles from the farm and in the very early years the trip was made on two-lane roads w…

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The Raid of Forgiveness

            Some of you may remember learning of the Doolittle Raid during World War II. It has been depicted many times in movies and books. It was a daring raid that was intended to let the Japanese military know that they were not invincible. It was led by Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle a mere 4 mon…

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The Gift of Life

            It’s been a cold day here in East Texas. Cold for East Texas that is. The temperature at my house never got above 36 degrees. That may not be the below zero temperatures of some of our northern states, but for around here it’s cold. All that cold air outside went a long way in helping me…

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History 101

            I started a new recording project about 6 weeks ago. It’s a massive undertaking. Why? Because when I’m done it will amount to about 40 new recordings of songs that I have written over the years. That amount of songs could easily be the equivalent of 4 albums. Why so many? Because I want …

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Quite a Summer

           The summer before I turned 14-years-old was quite a summer. I spent the summer doing most of the things that kids did in the summer during those days. I listened to the latest hit records, I hung out with friends, went swimming at the local public pool, listened to my hometown Houston Ast…

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             I was surfing on YouTube last night just looking to listen to some old songs that I don’t hear much anymore. I also like to see the artists when they were younger which reminds me of when I was younger. I started out watching a live performance from 1967 by The Bee Gees doing my favorit…

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Monkey Blood

            The year was 1976. I’d love to tell you that it was a wonderful year for me, but I made myself a promise to always be honest and truthful in these blogs. So, it wasn’t a good year. The first few months were OK, but by the time June came around things got bad. Really bad. I apologize for …

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