“Dreaming is only dreaming ‘til the dream is the only thing that’s true.” No truer lyrics were ever recorded, and they are found on a newly released album called 3 Pears, the latest masterpiece from Dwight Yoakam. This new Dwight song, titled Long way to go, could have been played as the soundtrack to the long journey that has brought the Pye Family to a “thing that’s true” – a dream home with a dream kitchen.
I have been a devoted Dwight Yoakam fan since I was the Atherley paperboy. During the course of Dwight’s 20+ album career, I have become infatuated with his music. Everything the Grammy winner touches becomes a Dwight original and an understated tribute to his influence from the styles and sounds of Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Ralph Stanley and even the Bee Gees, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. What’s more important than the musical education I have received from years of wearing out Dwight albums (and I mean that literally), are the life lessons I have gained from his personal approach to career and life.
When I was 14, I memorized almost every word of an early Dwight Yoakam radio interview that I received on cassette. In that interview Dwight talked about things like “keeping your eye on the prize” and “to thy own self be true.” Dwight relayed the important advice his Dad gave him as a teenager – the same message my own Dad expressed to me — about “just being who you are.” Dwight talked about seeing beyond the mainstream as he introduced me to a word called TENACITY; and if I didn’t know what that word meant then, I learned about the importance of tenacity through 27 years of observation of Dwight’s rise as a music-making icon and a leading movie actor. I was moved by the way Dwight so genuinely and intelligently articulated his admiration for his own idols, as well as family, friends and fans who have been inspired by his conviction to stay true to his roots.
Welcome to our new kitchen. Here you’ll find 3 Pears – and not the kind that sits in a fruit bowl on our new counter but the kind that will be playing on the day that we officially move in and during many more great Pye Family-home events. Our new kitchen came in on Monday, and my pre-ordered copy of Dwight’s new album landed on Tuesday. I am equally excited about the arrival of both.