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The Best Times

by Mel Parker

Mel “moves the wind and touches the soul’ as he respectfully captures your attention and delivers on his cover of five all-time classic songs: Crazy; I Never Will Marry; I Know that Someday; Your Cheatin Heart; and Blue made famous by the legends of country music as they are delightfully joined by eleven of his multi-dimensional originals as they are woven into the fabric of your mind as “The Best Times”.
Genre: Country: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crazy
3:12 $0.99
2. Longtime Coming
2:41 $0.99
3. I Never Will Marry
3:02 $0.99
4. Anti- Freeze Annie
3:56 $0.99
5. Timberlake Child
2:47 $0.99
6. I Know That Someday
2:53 $0.99
7. Memories Turn to Gold
3:17 $0.99
8. All Hell Breaks Loose
3:02 $0.99
9. Your Cheatin Heart
2:34 $0.99
10. Honky Tonk Women
3:48 $0.99
11. Blue
3:00 $0.99
12. Wreck On Memory Lane
3:29 $0.99
13. The Best Times
3:22 $0.99
14. Merry, Merry Christmas
2:50 $0.99
15. You're My Everything
3:21 $0.99
16. Of the People
5:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
” The Best Times” is my 5th Cd and it was recorded about a mile from my Timberlake home at Robbie Hiner’s Hambone Studio, Robbie also arranged the background vocals in addition to singing and playing the keyboard on Song #4. “Anti-Freeze Annie”. The sound engineering was masterfully done by Jacob Clayton. I also had several other folks of Central Virginia residence or origin that help to make this venture possible…Vanessa Norman, Pam Nance and Melinda Brown, joined Robbie on the background vocals. Harvey Hamilton, A.K.A, “the Ole Guitar Picker” formerly of the local groups; the Chaser’s, Lancer’s, & Dazzlers before his Nashville experience and his Valtim entrepreneurship and ably joining Dale Thompson on “Anti-Freeze Annie”. Dale has been the predominate musician on all of my CDs starting in the late 80’s, Dale is originally from Lynchburg and is well known for his former band, Southern Comfort, and later playing with Cimarron before moving to Tennessee, where he has played at Dollywood and Gatlinburg gigs and Sound Choice Studios for many years. He also produced the graphic art work for the Best Times CD jacket. Joel Key is another virtuoso musician who has been a major contributor on my last two CD’s. Joel also has Virginia ties but he too lives in Tennessee. A special thanks to “Norman* Neumann”. I have had the good fortune of recording in first class studios such as Prairie Sun in California, Bill Walker’s in Nashville , Tennessee and in Virginia at Major’s Studio in Waynesboro and Rob Meadows Productions in Harrisonburg, my hometown experience at Hambone Studio, I believe will speak for itself. That is up to you, to decide. I hope you will take the time to also voice your opinion by word of mouth, email, Facebook, twitter or some other form of communication… what you think of my CD, the songs, the music. The Best Times by Mel Parker will be available at,,, and many other internet locations.
A Quick review of The Best Times: I have included five of my favorite classic songs to cover they are #1.Crazy written by Willie Nelson, 2. I Never will Marry a traditional folk song, 6. I Know That Someday written by Jimmie Hodges, 9. Your Cheatin Heart written by Hank Williams and 11. Blue written by Bill Mack
The following list contains my original songs and their numerical order: # 2. Longtime Coming is an up-tempo tune about a quick trip to San Francisco where my heart also resides with two of my girls, my daughter Ellyn and granddaughter Alia.
4. Anti-Freeze Annie is a relatively true song who’s idea was first given to me by Harvey Hamilton a few years back after he had invited me to a meet and greet occasion at E.C. Glass High School for the 50th anniversary celebration of the undefeated, unofficial state champion High School football team. During the process of saying hi and taking pictures and speaking to a former high school girl friend, Harvey approaches and yell’s out his version of a how I once had a date with another high school girl of that time…my embarrassment followed and this song resulted as a memento of the occasion.
5. Timberlake Child is a spirited tempo tune of absolutely true events that occurred at my home on Timberlake. This song is especially for my girls Ellyn, Wisty and our Timberlake Friends.
7. Memories Turn To Gold could also be called “move the wind and touch the soul” as it is a not so subtle two step melody that keeps time to the timely suggestions I have chosen to give with love to my children and theirs.
8. All Hell Brakes Loose is as close to shagging I will probably ever come as conditions of recent years are remembered.
10. Honk Tonk Woman is a local name dropping memory invoking waltz that will take you back to the dance floors of the Park Way Inn and Cattle Annie’s of Lynchburg History.
12. Wreck On Memory Lane recollects in a humorous folk/blue grass fashion a journey off the beaten path of time “somewhere south of misery” and features the picking of the” Big Island Lumber Jack,” Robert Overstreet on banjo, dobro and mandolin as your toe taps on.
13. The Best Times the Title track is a light joy filled song about a beautiful relationship with your special love one inviting you to sing, laugh and enjoy the best times.
14. Merry, Merry Christmas…a simple song of every moment… everyday…thanks
15. You’re my Everything an everyday song about the special person in your life you sometime take for granted.
16. Of the People, uses the people of our land of all genders and color, coupled with the words of Jefferson, Lincoln and of you and me to join together in song to encourage civility and cooperative resolution of concerns for US. Harry Dillard a former football and track star at Linkhorne Jr. High for Coach Parker, and who also later became a coach reads the pre amble to the Constitution along with LC Spanish teacher Carlos Gorstiagia and Campbell County Citizen at large Kaywood Davis with Venessa Norman and Pam Nance. Dawson “Sweet Cake” Smith” one of the founders and original band member of “The Jiver’s” complements the song with his resounding trumpet contributions.
* Norman Neumann A.K.A Mike or microphone.



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