Everyone sits and waits, under the orange, pink and purple painted evening Texas sky. Slowly, a figure steps up on the flat bed hay trailer parked at the end of the cement slab. Big white cowboy hat, graying beard, fiddle in hand. The small band starts to tune. Plink plink, twang twang. The steel guitar player slides the bar across the strings.
Finally, what we all drove miles through twisting, whitetail deer infested roads to see. A real Texas Legend. He brings the bow up to the fiddle and no one is left in their seats as Johnny Bush belts out his Texas mainstay "Green Snakes on the Ceiling."
If you have never watched a bunch of real Texans doing the Texas Two-Step to Green Snakes on the Ceiling, you may have a hard time grasping the deep seeded meaning in this act. It's an Unofficial Law of Texas that you are not allowed to sit in your seat when certain songs are played, Green Snakes being one of them. Now, someone who is not familiar with this ritual may be very confused as they watch 50 couples dancing to the same song, all supposedly doing the same Two-Step, because there are 50 different versions of the dance all happening at the same time.
Mothers teaching their 10 year old son to slowly step forward-forward-back. Little girls perched atop their daddy's cowboy boots as they shuffle-shuffle-skip. The aging ranch couple who dance so smooth that you would swear they were on ice skates. The young farm hand, dancing quick-quick-slow-slow with the farmer's daughter (under the watchful eye of the farmer's wife) trying very hard not to step on her fancy new cowgirl boots. Miss Turkey Fest still wearing her crown, now in bare feet instead of her high heel red satin pageant shoes, scandalously dancing very close with someone just a bit too old. Twirls, twists, spins...fast, slow..and sometimes even a couple who actually boot scoot to the beat.
|Johnny Bush...A Texas Legend|
The Farmer I Kiss and our good friends Allen and Michelle drove 66 miles to Menard, Texas last weekend to attend their First Annual Turkey Fest, in honor of the amazing turkey hunting the area provides. We counted 105 deer on the sides of a 17 mile stretch of road going back to their cabin after the dance (a hint of the amazing deer hunting the area is also famous for.) All to hear the amazing voice of Johnny Bush and to have the opportunity to dance to a live performance from the Legend himself singing Green Snakes on the Ceiling. It was a great trip!
|Scootin' a boot with the Farmer I Kiss|