Some time ago I wrote about singer-songwriter Mary Kaye’s latest album, Ride a Wide Circle. Although I am seldom at a loss for words when my fingers touch a keyboard, it was difficult to sing the praises for that album effectively.
The judges for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Western Heritage Awards liked it too—they named the album’s title song winner of the Wrangler Award for music for Original Western Composition. And it’s no wonder. Say these few lines from the song and you’ll hear echoes of the beauty of her language:
And he’ll ride a wide circle, checkin’ stock and makin’ plans
’Cause he’s got dreams tied hard and fast, and they hold him to this land.
Yes, he’ll ride a wide circle and today he’ll ride alone
In a saddle that’s no rich man's trophy, it’s a workin’ man’s throne.
Hats off to Mary Kaye for another in a long line of awards recognizing her extraordinary abilities as a singer and, more important to my way of thinking, a songwriter. Visit her website and rope in a copy of Ride a Wide Circle.