We lost a good one today.
The Gambler has left the building.
Legendary country singer, television star, and Texan Kenny Rogers folded ’em and exited the mortal coil yesterday evening.
“The Gambler” is a favorite shower singing song of mine, and in general I find comfort in it in both good and bad times. We often overcomplicate some of life’s most simple decisions, and I think “The Gambler” speaks to that. I’ve posted it and several other famous and favorite Kenny Rogers songs below.
Here are some fun Kenny facts:
Kenny owned some goats and alpacas.
Here’s a funny excerpt from Southern Living regarding how Kenny started acquiring farm animals:
We bought a llama and a goat, and something else. I had a farm in Athens, Georgia. We bought these animals, and I thought llamas would be I was, after surgery, all my Oxycontin, and things were a bit blurry with me. And I was watching a show and they said, I love alpacas, and I turned to my wife and I said, I think I do! And so we ordered three of ‘. And by the time they got there. It was really fun. I mean, I enjoyed it, but then they spit on me. I said ok, out. We had to build the shed farm and then air conditioning and put water. It was a lot of trouble.
An accomplished athlete, Kenny once faked out Michael Jordan.
Kenny was also a pro-level tennis player.
R.I.P Kenny. Thank you for bringing joy into the world.
My only familiarity with Mac Miller comes from when I worked a show of his back in 2013. The crowd was made up of many young teenagers wearing incredibly short shorts and their parent(s) who looked like they might prefer sticking their finger in a socket. So, I wouldn’t have really called myself a “fan”.
However, when one of my friends posted a note praising his latest album, dropped posthumously, I was curious.
It’s beautiful. And haunting. Maybe I am a fan now.