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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


My hair is like a banana....I have a theory that my hair is just like bananas. I go to the store and buy a bunch of bananas. I try to find a smallish bunch that has a few greenish ones and a few more riper ones. Then when I get to the check-out, as my bananas are being scanned, I notice that now every one of them are over-ripe and already starting to develop brown spots. I don’t know what laws of physics are being abused for my bananas to ripen between the fruit bin and the check out, but it happens.

The reason I say my hair is like this is because (1) my hair and a banana are both yellow, (2) both my hair and a banana develop brown spots, and (3) my hair and a banana has a tendency to ripen unexpectedly.

For example, I’ll go to the beauty salon and my stylist will ask me if I need to touch up my roots. “Oh, no,” I answer. “They are just fine for now.” Two days later as I’m packing to go out of town, I look in the mirror and see two inches of a wrong color growth coming out of my scalp.

Consequently, I’m so glad Juanita has cranked up her shop again, formerly and to this day, known as Juanita Jean’s, the World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Shop.

There you can not only get your roots dyed or ends snipped, you can get your daily dose of local politics. Just go to JuanitaJean.com and it’ll come right up. She even has some new-fangled thing called “RSS feed” whatever the heck that is, but evidently it’s a big thing. Maybe it means you can get it on the moon or something, I don’t know.

With a song in my heart....Several weeks ago, the day after New Year’s Eve, I told my daughter, who was complaining about staying up past midnight, “Hey, you’re too young to be old.” At the time I commented that it was a good title to a C & W song and I would give it to whoever wrote the song but please dedicate it to me.

Someone did!

Shortly thereafter, I received this letter, the gist of which said: “Back in the first few months of 2001, my daughter-in-law saved an article she found in the Star newpaper (I was visiting in CA when the article came out and she saved it for me) about a local songwriter’s group called Fort Bend Songwriter’s Association. I had just started writing lyrics in Oct. 2000 and had so much to learn about songwriting. I joined the group on July 8, 2001 and I have been a member ever since. Our group is now called Houston Songwriters Association and our website is www.houstonsongwriters.com .”

The letter also said: “I was reading the Star yesterday and Bev’s Burner is my favorite article. I saw your challenge to write a country song with the title “You’re Too Young To be Old”. Well, I thought I’d take you up on it....”

It also stated: “Songwriting is my passion and I take every opportunity to create new songs. So thank you for this opportunity.”

The letter went on: “Getting back to your challenge.....if you like the idea of my lyric I will get one of my collaborators to put music to it and dedicate it to you since you are the “inspiration” for writing the song. Pat Bishop.”

So here it is! A song inspired by the chance remark to my daughter and my printing it here.

Too Young To Be So Old
(Inspired by Beverly Carter/Fort Bend Star)
By Patricia Bishop ©2010 (487-20)

Sometimes her dreams take her back to when she lived at home
Dancing, singing with her folk; she never felt alone
Those days are gone forever; she chose another life
Ran off with the man she loved hoping to be his wife

She comes home late at night and stumbles into bed
Sleeps till early morning when the sun beats on her head
Wakes with one eye open and an aching in her knee
Feeling like she’s ninety but she’s only thirty-three

She’s way too young to be so old
No music in her heart
No rhythm in her soul
She’s way too young to be so old

Love can make you do things you never thought you would
She tried to find the good in him but she never could
Now she’s working two jobs to keep her children fed
Wishing she could give them the life that she once had

She’s way too young to be so old
No music in her heart
No rhythm in her soul
She’s way too young to be so old

Momma tried to tell her “why don’t you take some time
To get to know him better, cuz love can make you blind
If he really loves you ...if he really loves you
True love wouldn’t mind”

She’s way too young to be so old
No music in her heart
No rhythm in her soul
She’s way too young to be so old

Repeat V2 and fade out with Chorus

Pat is also known as Songwritingranny on Youtube and the AARP.org (Community) site......

I told her that I (briefly) was a member of the Fort Bend Songwriter’s Association because I thought it would be a good excuse to run the streets at night and party. When I found out they were serious about their music, I never got involved. The Fort Bend Songwriters have morphed into the Houston Songwriters Association and their website is Houstonsongwriters.com.

Pat promises a copy of the final recording when she is finished and we’ll publicize its public performance.

You know, you just never know!

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