In my intertoobinal wanderings, I came across a website Star Maker Machine that has the goal of “[getting] people excited about great music,” but what caught my attention was the number of songs they point to about social issues, particularly crimes against women and children.
The post that caught my eye in particular was “Domestic violence: Family Murder-Suicide Edition.”
While listening to Doc & Merle Watson sing “The Lawson Family Murders” and reading about those murders, I had to wonder at my fascination with this kind of event. I think one of the reasons is that it is a reminder of how much worse off I could be. At least I am not Charlie Lawson.
Here is a small glimpse of what tobacco farming was like before mechanization.
Trudy J. Smith and her father, M. Bruce Jones, collaborated and published a first book about the Lawson murder-suicide, White Christmas, Bloody Christmas, in the fall of 1990. Smith has followed it up with The Meaning of Our Tears …
Whatever it’s meaning, I think we can all agree — life is hard.