AboutCountry's Laurie Petricka spoke with Rockie Lynne prior to his show at Renegades, in Burnsville, MN on May 26, 2007. Here is a transcript of the interview.
Laurie: First of all, let's talk about your music. You said at the end of your CD that you write about life and that you are just an ordinary person living through the same things that everyone else does and yet you come up with some extraordinary songs like "Do We Still," and "More." What types of thoughts or memories prompted you to write those songs?
Rockie: Well those particular songs are real life experiences. I think if you look at a Norman Rockwell painting in some was the subject of the painting is not extra ordinary, but the painting itself is extraordinary. He encapsulates every day life, like guys sitting at a table under a tree and somehow makes it magic. I don't profess any way to do that but that's what I write about. If anything I've lived and extremely ordinary life. But it's been a life that I've had to struggle with. I've had struggles, the same struggles that everybody has. That's what I meant by that, like "Do We Still." The line in that song that is hard for me to sing every time is "how long can this house, two cars, and one little girl stand in our way." That little girl is 14 years old now and she's going to Scotland on a mission's trip for her church and I was lucky enough to help pay for that and get her going for that trip and I love her like crazy. You know, and I love her mom, and her mom loves me but we probably shouldn't have been married, but we should because we had this amazing child. We are still really great friends and she's a great lady, and I would hope she would say that I'm a good dad and a good father if you talked to her. I feel sure that she would, and we have this child to rise, but that a tough situation, but it's a real life situation.
Often times I don't think people are brave enough to write about that and they don't want to put themselves out there that much, but I did because I didn't think that anybody would ever hear it. I wasn't writing it for someone else to hear. I was writing it for me, because I hurt. It hurt and it was like "how long can we keep holding on to something that's already gone, life's too short to love like this, to tired to try, to scared to quit," and that's exactly what we were living. When I debuted that song on the Grand Ole Opry, she and my daughter sat on stage and they were at the Opry with me. The thing I would like people to come away with when our shows when we do it, is that it's not a sad story, it's just a story. It was the way it was, kind of uncolored and it's just a picture of the way it was and you make the best with that.
We are all very lucky to be living in this country and to have these opportunities that we have. I've been given an amazing opportunity, I've been given an unbelievable opportunity and I'm really grateful for that. I'm grateful for every chance I've been given. I lived in Nashville for many years and I worked as a guitar player for other people. After the Army, I lived in California for a several years and then I lived in Nashville for 10 years, and I was a guitar player for people that had record deals. Maybe I just got unlucky, or maybe I got lucky, but I worked with a lot of people who were ungrateful. Who had a lot given to them and they were ungrateful, and I think it made me realize that I was going to sing my own songs and be grateful for it regardless of what happens. Proof positive is we're singing here tonight. You know with all respect to this place I love and I came because I wanted to come here, not because I had to. Does that make sense? We are playing here because we want to play here, because we want to thank these people who have supported us forever. We don't necessarily have to get in a van and drive 13 hours to play at a club that we used to play 10 years ago; we do it because we want to. We really genuinely want to do this.
Laurie: You know, I don't think that is any thing you can fake, it comes out, it comes across and people can tell.
Rockie: When you get successful that it makes you more of what you already are. That's my opinion by watching this for 12 or 13 years, If you are genuinely are a kind person and you genuinely want to help people and you're a pretty good guy, then when you get some success behind you and you get a motive of opportunity to do more good, you will. You will use that for the greater good, and do better things, and you will give it your very best of everything. IF, you are genuinely kind of a jerk, and when you make it big, you become a great big jerk.
Laurie: I kind of agree with you there.
Laurie: Is there a song that you've been thinking about writing for a long time now but you haven't written yet?
Rockie: I think there are a bunch of those. I have all these notebooks full of half written songs and completed lyrics that don't have melodies, or there are melodies that don't have lyrics. I spend a lot of time writing those down and I have a lot of things that I'm trying to say that I haven't figured out to say it yet; do you know what I mean? So I have a good bit of those, unfortunately I do try to write every day so I do have a catalog so I have a lot of songs. I don't know how we are going to get those out so everybody can hear them. My manager keeps asking what are we going to do with all these songs. For me it's like a catharsis to write it out and just to get it out.