My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Classic Rewind: Alan Jackson — ‘Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)’

In remembrance, 17 years later:

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8 responses to “Classic Rewind: Alan Jackson — ‘Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)’

  1. Luckyoldsun September 12, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I’ll play country CD’s that I think are interesting in my car when I’m driving with someone who’s not a country music fan and has never heard of the songs or even the artists. I once played that Alan Jackson song “Where Were You” for someone who’s own tastes run mostly to classical music, but who had reacted positively in the past to discs that I’d played from such artists as Hank Snow, Cal Smith, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen and Chris Knight. The person didn’t say anything as the A.J. song played through, and when it was over, he looked at me sort of puzzled and said, “It’s banal.”
    I couldn’t really argue, but I just said: “I guess you had to be there when he introduced it live.”

    • Ken September 13, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      One of the most moving songs ever written. Alan Jackson perfectly captured what most Americans were thinking and feeling after that tragic day. I remember seeing this when it aired live and it was one of the most moving and memorable moments of any CMA show. It met with overwhelming acclaim. Seeing it again 17 years later takes me right back to that unbelievably sad time for America.

      That YOU felt the burning need to relay this pathetic story says as much about your lack of common sense and judgement as it does about your companion’s lack of taste. Since that song was first performed I’ve NEVER heard anyone offer a negative comment. Until now. What were you thinking? Do you think anyone enjoyed reading this? You have posted your oddball views too many times on this site but THIS is a new low even for YOU.

  2. Tyler Pappas September 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Ken I’m sorry but you’re extremely rude. He is allowed to comment just as you are allowed to comment. But gosh I’d rather see luckyoldsun comment before I see yours. You always think that you’re right it’s extremely annoying.

    • Ken September 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Alan’s song received accolades from the moment that he performed it. The recording topped the Billboard country chart for five weeks and even climbed to #28 on the Pop Hot 100. Immediate demand for the song was so great that the morning after the CMA show most country radio stations played the audio from the telecast until they received Alan’s studio recording. Alan won a Grammy for the best country song and in 2002 both the CMA & Academy Of Country Music named it as the single and song of the year. Sales of the album that included the song topped four million. A “banal” song would never have garnered that amazing response, significant sales or multiple awards.

      Yes everyone is allowed to comment no matter how ridiculous and erroneous their contentions are. And others always have the right to refute ridiculous nonsense they may post. It’s not rude to point out something that is wrong especially in this case concerning a song that holds such deep significance for many Americans. If you cannot hear how great that song is you may want to check to see if you have a heart or soul.

      • Tyler Pappas September 14, 2018 at 8:29 pm

        You just always attack luckyoldson whenever he posts. You can disagree with what he says but do it respectfully. Instead you just go out of your way to say that you’re right and he’s wrong and that he’s an idiot. If you don’t have something nice then don’t say anything at all. It’s like when people post something I disagree with sure I may disagree but I’m not going to go out of my way to say they are wrong instead I’ll just move along and live my life.

        • Luckyoldsun September 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

          Tyler,
          Nice comment. I often don’t bother to read Ken’s responses to my posts (Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t) because he’s not interested in discussion and I figure if I read it, it might provoke me to respond–and that of course means yet another rejoinder from Ken, and if I keep responding, a lot of readers get the impression that I’M obsessed with HIM. I notice that your two short posts inspired missives of a dozen-plus lines from Ken. I’m sure they were deeply illuminating…about Ken.

        • Ken September 17, 2018 at 7:29 am

          We’ve seen this play before:

          1) Post a ridiculous comment

          2) Comment is factually incorrect and/or so out of touch with reality that when he inevitably gets called out he is unable to own it and defend it. [In this case wrongly criticizing a widely acclaimed and beloved patriotic song about 9/11 that has deep significance to Americans. Why would someone do that?]

          3) Unable to defend his own words, criticize ME for calling him out on his own oddball comment

          Sound familiar?

          He refuses to accept that if he didn’t post crazy oddball comments he would not be called out for them. Given his history of repeating this pattern he obviously cannot help himself.

  3. Ken September 15, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Your fundamental contention is incorrect. I post negative replies to his comments whenever they contain erroneous information or absurd/ridiculous statements that don’t make sense. Sadly that seems to be the majority of his posts. When he doesn’t go off the deep end there is no need to reply and there are instances when I have not offered follow-up comments. But if you revisit several years of his postings you will discover a long, consistent history of untrue statements and bizarre perceptions. When commentary such as that is unchallenged the perception from a reader unfamiliar with his long history of misstatements might be that there is some truth to his rambling nonsense, It is a disservice to the creative writers on this site who spend much time and effort crafting in-depth essays or finding interesting videos to have their excellent efforts demeaned by an absurd comment without factual or logical basis. The internet has too many blogs containing fundamentally wrong statements posted by misguided commenters and it would be a shame for this site to devolve into one of them.

    The issue with his comment about Alan Jackson’s performance video is that it was not just another song. It was written about the worst terror attack that our country his ever seen. In the months that followed America was trying to deal with the emotional aftermath. Alan Jackson crafted a song that touched the hearts of everyone. His simple words mirrored what most of us thought and felt. The emotional response of the CMA audience at the conclusion of Alan’s performance is a microcosm of how the song was received by country fans across America. To demean a song that received such widespread acclaim is beyond belief especially on the anniversary of that event. You have to ask what kind of a person would do that? And why would anyone support those comments?

    If you choose to be complicit and encourage his endless stream of misleading or false statements and absurd commentary it’s your right to do so. You have your work cut out for you.

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