A Horse Called Music & Will Rogers born 1879 November 4th


His vaudeville and Broadway parts, Saturday Evening Post columns, books such as The Cowboy Philosopher On Prohibition.

Will Rogers was born into a rich ranching family on November 4, 1879 in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Part Cherokee, Rogers related at once with both the native Americans and the settlers to which he belonged. As a young man, Rogers’ bright and smart nature often got him into misfortune. He switched from school to school until setting off in his late teens to travel and find employment. His early years on the ranch had qualified him well and before long he found work in a number of traveling Wild West Shows.

Franklin D. Roosevelt credited him with bringing his fellow Americans “back to a sense of proportion.” He was a ranch hand, rodeo rider, vaudeville performer, film star, columnist and author, radio personality, pioneer of aviation, tireless master of ceremonies, friend to presidents, and unofficial ambassador of good will under three administrations. He was Will Rogers, and during his era he was the single most widespread and adored man in America.



Far From Any Road
The Handsome Family

A man that don’t love a horse, there is something the matter with him.

A Horse Called Music
      Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard

No man is great if he thinks he is.

I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)
     Billy Joe Shaver

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Remastered
     Bob Dylan

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment

Bull Rider
     Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell

I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn’t like.

Are There Any Cowboys Left (In the Good Ol’ USA)?
     Lacy J. Dalton

It is better for some one to think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

As Good As I Once Was
     Toby Keith

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.

Stranger In A Strange Land
     Leon Russell, The Shelter People

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

Dropkick Me, Jesus
     Bobby Bare

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.

Cosmic Cowboy (Part 1)
     Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

One thought on “A Horse Called Music & Will Rogers born 1879 November 4th

  1. That one quote about there being no dogs in heaven may have been the inspiration for an old Twilight Zone episode where a farmer and his dog die and are walking down a country road in the afterlife and come to what seem to be the Pearly Gates. But St Peter tell the farmer that dogs aren’t allowed in heaven, so the farmer says “to hell with that then,” and he and his dog continue down the road. A little farther on they come to another set of gates, which are the real gates to heaven, and St Peter welcomes them both, informing the farmer that that previous guy was actually Satan, luring people into hell.

    My sister recalls our watching this episode when we were kids (Rod Serling was one of my earliest boyhood heroes), and we both came away from it having learned the same lesson: Hell is for people who would betray the friendship of their dogs.

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