I know what my problem is.

Posted by Terry Wooley on Monday, April 18, 2011 Under: Words By Terry
I was standing in line at a major retailer, that I won't mention the name, and it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks why I am like I am. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, cause I definitely have my moments, but the very reason I turned out the way that I turned out is because I didn't have an x-box or a play station when I was growing up. Forget the fact that the bathroom was in a little house in the backyard, that made for an interesting trip in the middle of the night when the snow was on the ground, or that I had to walk to school, because the school bus didn't do door to door pick-ups, or that I knew that if I got out of line somebody would bust my bottom and they didn’t have to worry about child abuse, or that one of our main form of recreation was working on the farm to help out because everybody chipped in.

My shortcomings revolve around the fact that I didn't have a game that could consume all of my time, and teach me the fundamentals of life that I would need to know. Things like how to get a little guy to jump over a bunch of other little things all while trying not to get blown up by a fire breathing cactus. You know the important stuff every kid ought to know. I will admit that I am a slight bit technologically challenged, meaning I’m still not sure sometimes which button to push to turn on the computer, and when I need to program a remote, or anything technical like that I get the 6 year old to take care of it, but I still look back on the things we had and did as a child and I wouldn’t change them for anything.

I was 18 years old before I knew that there were more than 2 channels on the TV, and that the picture actually had more than 2 colors (Black and White), or that you could get a TV with more than a 16” screen. I also look back and remember that Christmas and Easter weren’t about toys and presents but about spending time with the people you love, and giving thanks to the Lord, because of what he gave to us. The funny thing about holidays today is that we put so much emphasis on material things, that we sometimes realize we just bought something for the kids that they already had, but they never opened it or played with it cause they got so much stuff they couldn’t find it. I never had that problem as a child, because, we usually had one toy we shared, when we had time for toys.

My favorite Christmas gift of all times, one that I still have , is a used guitar that my Dad bought at the stockyards for four dollars. It was the one I learned to play on. It hangs on the wall in my house as a reminder of the best times in the world. A time when at meal time we sat down together, gave thanks for what we had, regardless of what it was, and enjoyed it as a family.

Life seemed a whole lot simpler then, not that it really was, but it was our life, The one my parents gave me, and I’m so thankful to them and for them and it kind of shows in one of the songs I wrote called Big Shoes. I’ll never be the parent they were, and I’ll never fill the shoes they left for me to fill, but I think I’m doing something right, cause even the baby knows how to kill the fire breathing cactus on the video games… How’s that for parental guidance….

Terry Wooley

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Terry Wooley Born on a small family farm in central Kentucky to hard working God fearing parents, Terry learned the meaning of responsibility at a very early age. While most of his schoolmates were playing and having fun, Terry was busy tending to the crops and cattle and polishing his guitar and songwriting talents. With the nearest neighbor almost a mile away and very few friends to pass the time with, he spent most of his spare time perfecting his craft, always dreaming of creating music. At the ripe old age of 8, he persuaded his parents to allow him to enter a local talent contest. They agreed and Terry walked away with all the hardware, performing a solo with only himself and a guitar almost as big as he was. A few years passed and he decided to set out and make his mark in the music world, traveling all over the world fronting and playing guitar for many legends and current and future superstars, and in 1982 became one of the few acts chosen to perform the entire run of the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. Terry’s guitar playing always left him in great demand as a session player, and traveling musician, playing on countless albums and road shows. Known as one of the most prolific songwriters to ever pick up a pen, his songs have always been highly sought after by major stars and beginning artist alike. Well respected and admired by musicians and entertainers the world over, he has branched out into other areas of the entertainment business. Terry founded One BAR Records, an independent label to help further the careers of young artist, Lexie Rae Music, a publishing company to handle the many songs he has written, and Flip Flop Productions, a production company to produce young talent and help guide them along the path to stardom. His greatest passion has always been writing, producing and creating music that he feels will last for many years. With all of his many accomplishments and awards, Terry has somehow managed to remain in the background. However with his uncanny writing ability, his unequaled vocal talent, and his superb musicianship, he is quickly being pulled into the limelight. With the release of his critically acclaimed gospel album “SOLID GROUND” and his tribute album "ANY GIVEN DAY" and his tribute album to truck drivers "HIGHWAY FEVER" it is unlikely he will be able to stay out of the spotlight for long. Terry was honored to be able to write some music and lyrics for The World Global Peace Concert. With all of his many awards and accomplishments Terry still remains an unassuming man who is thankful and grateful for all that he has and all that has been given to him. “ I give the Lord all the credit and all the thanks” says Terry. And blessed he has been as many of today’s jingles, commercials, popular music and hit songs are influenced by the creative genius of the one and only Terry Wooley. Terry Wooley

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