Country music in its purest form is about the expression of emotions and experiences. A country song is made with story elements related to love, broken hearts, drugs, hardships, suicidal thoughts, and sometimes all in one song. Now that isn’t to say country songs can’t be energetic, fun, and filled with good times…but those types aren’t expressed all the time.
The purest elements of country music are, or have largely been about the saddest moments of a person’s life. So, it isn’t much a stretch to believe that some of the legendary musicians of country music may not have ever moved on to the other side. But instead their spiritual energy may still roam from town to town, or perhaps preferring to stick around places—or people—they once loved or knew while alive. [adinserter block=”1″]
Our guest this on this edition of the podcast is Penn State researcher and journalist, Matt Swayne. Matt has written numerous books, and the Ghosts of Country Music is the second such “Ghosts of” book, his first focused on the Ghosts of Rock and Roll.
Some of the topics touched on include:
► University Ghosts and why they hang around Educational Institutions
► What it means to be Skeptical
► Have most of the ghosts that Matt has done research on appeared more as a residual energy or an intelligent energy
► Are some ghosts (such as residual energy based ones) merely a holographic recreation, created by somebody with a passion for a deceased person or persons. Such as the Ghosts of Gettysburg, people go the Gettysburg and swear they can see and sometimes hear ghosts of the past. Is this because they have created a projection out of their own passion or mindset
► Curse of Country Music, and Curse of Rock and Roll
► The ghost of Hank Williams, Sr is said to roam around lending a helping hand to those in need. It is well known that Hank Jr, credits the appearance of his father, Hank Williams, Sr’s ghost for saving his life
► Is Nashville an energetically alive city, filled with the energy of past Country musicians
► We discuss the legendary honky tonk, Tootsies, the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry
► Reports of Johnny Cash’s ghost
► The Johnny Cash House in Jamaica
► Loretta Lynn’s haunted plantation
► Is Patsy Cline haunting Loretta Lynn