Hilary Marckx, songwriter

Rockabilly Reflections

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION in response to a question about my gender based on a stupid presupposition about my name:

OK, so after thinking about this for awhile, I think your question deserves an honest and direct response. It is not your question that offends me, questions are always appropriate and I don't mind questions about my name, it is the "lol" part that pisses me off and tells me you are an asshole and a dumbshit and a squeaky little piss-ant to boot. Just because you have a limited experience of life and the world in general, and have the social skills of a wharf rat, don't think that you can get by thinking that my name is cause for humor. I was named after my father, who was named on the saint's day on which he was born, St. Hilary of Poitiers. I am a Rockabilly. I was brought up on it, live it breathe it, and play it, do not try and start shit about my name.

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: I Don't care how big a name you are, or where you've played, if you ain't had the cops called and been shut down 'cause you're playin' too loud, you just ain't no Rockabilly.

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: Sing hard, laugh hard, and play hard Rockabillies.  Life is only dull if you let up on it...

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: It ain't enough to remember the "Glory Days." Ya gotta keep on makin' 'em happen. Remember, the best Glory Day ever is the one that's just gonna happen!!!

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  When all is said and done, everything is actually said and done.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Sometimes ya just gotta stop and look around before you can see just exactly how much has been accomplished.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  No matter how hard you try to get somewhere else, you are always right exactly where you are...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Sometimes the groove is in the beat, sometimes it is in the off-stroke; sometimes the groove is in the notes, sometimes it is between the notes; sometimes the groove is in your feet, and it just needs you to let go and let the groove do its groovin' thing...  Rock on Rockabillies, rock on!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Always do your best, no matter what!  I played at a Senior Living Center this afternoon.  I played as loud and s hard as I would at any bar.  I was so loud that they shut the door to the rec room.  Well, the ones in the room loved it...  I told them that that is what Rockabillies do---we never play on the down-low...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  There is no reason to do anything except what it takes to get by and have the bare, basic, necessities of life.  HOWEVER, beyond all reason is the drive to play real, good, honest, true music.  Music is the pure spirit of the universe and its language is Rockabilly!!!!  Rave on Rockabillies, rave on!!!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Some massage the days of their lives as if those days were sore, overworked muscles that need care and comfort.  Some take on the days of their lives as if in an athletic competition to muscle through and be victorious over.  AND some of us Rockabillies just slap on through the days of our lives like a back-beat on a Bull Frog Bass played in Honky-Tonks and Dives, and like the music that is our lives...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: After you've given it your all, you've done all you can, but you know that there is always something else you can do if you can just think of it.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  The 4th of July has special importance for Rockabillies.  The most important being the Constitutional Right to Rock 'N" Roll! The second being to be a Rockabilly Rebel to the utmost.  Both falling under the First Amendment.  AND, my first Rockabilly Rule for Independence Day is:  DO NOT HOLD THE CHERRY BOMB TOO LONG OR TOO TIGHTLY!!!  Very important!!!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  If you can't fight 'em don't join em'.  Just play louder and drown them out!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: Not sure I fully understand it, but while my older fans seem to really like my stuff, it is the 20-somethings that come up to me after a show and rave on and on. Like I said, I don't understand, but I'm likin' it a lot!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: Rock till ya drop, rest the peepers for as long as ya can, get up and pour coffee down the sump hole, then practice and practice till it's time again to rock till ya drop.  No whining, no worries, just Rockabilly at #10...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  The Sheriff came into the bar I was playing and said there'd been a complaint and that we were too loud...  After he left someone yelled, "You damned Rockabillies, you're always gettin' the cops called on you!"  Preach it, brother!  BTW, we didn't turn down, we just shut the window.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Twang!!! TWANG!!!! Repeat as necessary for the blues and whatever else ails you...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  I don't play poker or shoot dice, I don't play the horses or or the lottery, but I gamble and gamble big---I'm a musician and a songwriter, and I play in bars.  Oh Yeah, I gamble all righty!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  While I can't always be what you want me to be, and I will rarely conform to your expectations, and though you may never be completely satisfied with whatever you thought I might or might not do---YOU WILL NEVER FORGET ME!!!  Just sayin'

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Sometimes pushing hard is not an option, sometimes you just gotta push even harder, sometimes your cat is absolutely right, and it's time for a nap.  The trick is to know when to do what...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: waking up is not enough, ya just gotta put your feet on the floor as well...  And then get them going one in front of the other.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  On a mountain peak of close to 12,000 ft. I sat near an eagle's aerie, feet dangling over the edge, and looked at the beauty all around me, and I thought, "Sometimes a little risk, sometimes being on the edge, sometimes pushing on alone past the laggers is what it takes to get to where the eagles live."

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: things for which I am thankful--- back-beats, swing-beats, shuffle-beats, and HOT guitar licks!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: It's Sunday and time to get saved from my evil Rockabilly ways... Well they keep tryin' but I'm still a Rockabilly---AND unrepentantly so! So I pose this question: If Jesus hung out in the hills of Galilee wouldn't that make him a Hillbilly? AND if he is supposed to be the Rock of Ages, wouldn't that make him a Rockabilly? ROCK ON ROCKABILLIES!!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: Why, she asked, why do you do those Rockabilly Reflections?  I said, Because like chrome on a '58 Chev, I reflect.  And she said, that's just your bald head.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: living a good life is like playing good rockabilly --- keep the count, keep the beat, keep the tempo, and play it hot and hard!!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  I used to have a pretty good line, but now I have a fishing line.  Anybody out there got a good line?  Today I'm thinking my line's gonna be a 4wt floating with a caddis on the Russian River at Geyserville.  FISH on  FISH on  FISH on my line today!!!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: 

Today I can do a few things to be a positive force in my world:
I can try...
I can help...
I can pray...
I can organize...
I can bolster up the despondent...
I can give of myself...
I can speak words that uplift...
I can affirm the seekers...
I can speak a kind word...
I can laugh...
I can find ways to offer hope...
I can hold someone who is crying...
I can not give up...
AND
I can do all this in spite of the
pain,
destruction,
suffering,
hate,
and fear
that surrounds me,
and I believe that this will change my world.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: Crusin' a '59 Vette at 135mph is about as safe as hollorin' Rockabilly on a bar's stage--I've done both and survived!!! Rock on Rockabillies!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION: the only person I have ever really competed with an lost is me---Oh wait, I won!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Life could be better, but I'm not sure how---every day, just one big blessing! Sure bad stuff happens, but who says you gotta pay it any mind? Life, just lovin' it!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Today is always better than yesterday, but today is the best today of them all!!! Why? Because it is today, of course!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Hey world, I'm going to do this thing my way!!!!  When I was young, older people would say to me that I was too young to do this or that, and I would just think to myself, "SCREW YOU!!!" Now I am older and I get the same old story but now I am too old, and guess what? I don't think it to myself anymore, now I just say it, "F@$K YOU!!!"

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Some say that safe is the best way, but give me wild and woolly any day! No bozos, no badges, no boring!

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  A hotshot guitar player came into my gig last night. How do I know? He told me. I said that I have worked my tail off for over 40 years learning to play and I can quite honestly say that I have finally gotten myself to the point where I can say I play real bad. He looked at me and said, "Bad?" I said, "Yup." He thought about it for a second or so and then got up and left. You can learn guitar but it takes more practice to learn irony and sarcasm.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  In my early years and after Leonard Slye and Gene Autry, Bill Boyd is probably most influential in my music, I had heard them before I heard Carl Perkins, Ronnie Self, The Collins Kids, Johnny Cash or the rest of 'em.

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Things to do when you have a cold: Re-set action on Gretsch, lay down for awhile; break out a Tele that hasn't been played for awhile and kick some Tele ass; lay down for awhile; set up new patterns on the Behringer V-Amp pod, and kick some Gretsch ass; lay down for awhile. Read lots of John Gierach and dream of fly fishing, and vow to tie more flies...

 

ROCKABILLY REFLECTION:  Sometimes the most major things that happen to you in your life, are so small you miss them and they go unnoticed for years. Just giving thanks for the small events in my life!