Merle Haggard recently did an interview with The Village Voice where he decided to talk about the so-called Mayan end-of-the-world prediction, the one that says the world is going to end on December 21st of this year.
The Hag's hoping the prophecy is completely wrong because he's afraid it will screw up his stock portfolio.
"I think everybody has December 21 on the back of their minds and hoping that everybody's wrong," observes Haggard about the Mayan end-times prediction. "I'm trying not to think about it."
"I got a lot of money in the stock market, and I'm trying to figure out whether to sell or wait until the 21st. If something doesn't happen, the stock market has got to go up, and it's got to go down before that. That's what I'm mainly watching, trying to be the head of the family here. I don't want to wake up on December 22 and have done the wrong thing."
Merle Haggard thinking about the Mayan Calendar ... who'da a thunk it?
Awww, best wishes for a speedy recovery to Merle Haggard who spent Saturday evening in a Fort Worth, Texas hospital after not feeling well.
Merle's spokeswoman tells The Associated Press that Haggard visited the hospital Saturday to undergo some tests and then left early Sunday, but wouldn't elaborate any further.
Merle was forced to cancel his concert Saturday night at Billy Bob's Texas.
Let's just hope it's nothing as serious as his 2008 bout with lung cancer.
On a side note, isn't that picture above just about the sweetest thing ever? I was looking at Merle's website to find a publicity shot to use that would show his normally rough and tough self, but found this one instead. I couldn't resist.
Merle Haggard stopped by The Tonight Show last night for rare television appearance and performed the title track from his latest CD I Am What I Am.
Oklahoma native Merle Haggard had surgery to remove part of his lung in 2008 and confessed it has been a struggle to get his health back. But right before Christmas he got the news he was cancer free after his two year battle.
He spoke with RollingStone.com; "It took a long time to get over that surgery
. It took the best part of two years and I'm just now feeling like I might be able to reach over and pick up a garbage can with the right arm. They removed an upper lobe of my right lung, and they had to go in underneath my arm. It's quite painful and irritating to have that. You know how tender that is underneath your arm.
"To have that heal up, it takes a couple of good years. I think I'm all right now. I went down and had a check-up just prior to going back for this little gig (Kennedy Center Honors) and I was clear. I didn't have anything, and that's an awful good sign."
Congrats Merle, continued good health & well wishes.
I had set my DVR last week to make sure I do not miss the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors show which airs tonight on CBS at 9pm. I am proud to state loudly that I have been a Merle fan for many years. What he has done for country music for nearly five decades has been nothing short of poetry in motion. But I do have a confession of another sort, my first love for music is classic rock & to see Sir Paul McCartney honored as well will add to my high expections in watching this show.
The event was held on December 5th & once again hosted by Carolyn Kennedy. Appearances were made by John Travola, Chris Rock, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill & Willie Nelson just to name a few. Quite a mix of talent but the same can be said for all the honorees: Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney & Oprah Winfrey.
So either sit back & watch or set that DVR etc to catch up on it later; I know I will not miss it.
Merle Haggard along with Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, and Paul McCartney were honored today (December 5) in Washington, D.C. for the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Barack Obama welcomed this year's honorees at a reception in the East Room of the White House before the celebration headed to the Kennedy Center.
As my husband said about Merle being honored, "Pretty good for an old rowdy felon."
For more pictures of the event or larger versions of the pictures here, just click any of the pictures.
The California Museum has a Hall of Fame and there's a pretty darn diverse group of folks who are among this year's inductees.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver will officially announce the 2010 inductees Wednesday, but the inductees are already known to include Merle Haggard, Barbra Streisand, author Anne Lamott, Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, James Cameron, Silicon Valley investor John Doerr, banker A.P. Giannini, former Secretary of State George Shultz, historian Dr. Kevin Starr, businessman and philanthropist Levi Strauss (as in jeans?), artist Wayne Thiebaud, Betty White, tennis player Serena Williams, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Gov. Schwarzenegger said in a statement:
"The California Hall of Fame is a great way to honor amazing Californians whose dedication, determination and courage have helped shape this state."
"What they have accomplished reminds us all that we live in the greatest state, one of opportunity and prosperity. They make me proud to call California home, and proud that they are this year's inductees."
Maria Shriver added:
"I am so honored to be able to recognize this incredible roster of people who are not only an inspiration to me, but to others across California and beyond," said Maria Shriver, the state's first lady. "They represent the diversity, innovation and creativity that overflows from our amazing state."
The induction ceremony will take place December 14th at The California Museum in Sacramento. All of the inductees or their representatives (in the case of those who are deceased) are scheduled to attend the event where they will receive the Spirit of California medals.
Because inquiring minds want to know.
In a new interview with the UK's Uncut magazine, he says, "I hate to say this, but politically speaking, there was more freedom in San Quentin when I was there than there is in the streets of America now."
"Everything you did this morning has been recorded on film. That wasn't the case in prison when I was there. They might as well put a wall up: they've got us all under surveillance. In jail at the time, you could play poker 24 hours a day if you wanted to. Now, you can't even smoke. What a world we live in. You can't smoke in a pool hall. What has happened?"
Well considering Merle was in prison for three years clear back in 1957 that might just explain the lack of cameras when he was there. The smoking laws, well maybe you have to be a smoker to appreciate that one.
Music changed the world a lot. When a number of people get depressing, they typically start enjoying music, which in turn calms these individuals down. In the event it wasn't for tunes, then that world would've been ridiculous! Also, music changed just how people behave. Sometimes, you might not have recognized, but whenever people pay attention to music, they become if they may be the tunes. When someone listens to some sad music, they typically get depressing, just like bingo cheers people up.