lyle lovett and his large band

For some reason, I have always associated Lyle Lovett with Governor’s Honors Program the summer before my senior year of high school, and I can’t quite figure out why.  Maybe it has something to do with summertime or dusty, hot weather.  That being said, I have recently rediscovered and reignited my love for Lyle Lovett. 

There are many songs of his that I like, but my current favorite has got to be “God Will.”  Loyal best friends who have watched their friends make illogical, desperate choices will give up a chorus of “Hallelujah and thank you!” when they hear Lovett sing

So who says he’ll forgive you
And says that he’ll miss you
And dream of your sweet memory
God does
But I don’t
God will
But I won’t
And that’s the difference
Between God and me

Even when I reread these lines right now, I start laughing.  A lot.  It’s nice to have complex ideas such as forgiveness and the inability to emulate the divine in your everyday life broken down so simply for you.

Wanting to learn a little more about Lovett’s background, I came across an old New Yorker article from 2004 that, despite being absurdly lengthy (a New Yorker hallmark might I add), was an enjoyable, quick read.  While the article strove to get a read on Lovett’s almost amorphous personality, I quickly honed in on the many similarities that he and I share.

1. We both have last names that begin with the letter “L.”

2. We both were raised Lutheran.

3. We both majored in German in college as largely an afterthought (“Hey!  Three more classes and I’ll have a double major.  Why not?”)

Yeah, that’s about where the similarities end.  I don’t wear cowboy boots.  I don’t live in my grandmother’s house.  I don’t really like horses.  So, I suppose I shall have to make do and continue my communion with Lovett through making my children listen to him serenade us in the car as we tool around town.

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2 Comments »

  1. Amy said

    Did I ever tell you I met Lyle once?

  2. eluet said

    You’ve been holding out on me! I just saw you and you offered no details! What???

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