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A memo to Robert Earl Keen: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

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Texas music icon Robert Earl Keen once told me he didn’t write songs on the road because it was just too hard to perform, travel and come up with something original while touring.

So, imagine my surprise when I read the press release for his latest CD, “Ready for Confetti.”

“Well, last year I just decided that we were going to throw that rule away and write on the road,” Keen said. “I threw certain formulas totally out the window because I just don’t always believe in convention as the best way to serve your purpose as far as singing songs that people enjoy.”

If tossing what’s worked for you for more than 30 years means you’re compelled to repeat lyrics like “Get ready for confetti, hey, hey, hey” 15 times in a song lasting 3:49, it’s time to return to the drawing board.

Keen’s a good writer, having penned classics like “The Road Goes on Forever” and “The Front Porch Song,” but you’d never know it by listening to this hot mess.

His people don’t call me for advice, but if they did, I’d tell them some rules are best left as they are, and if it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it.




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