Song of the Week: “Proud Mary” by Credence Clearwater Revival

My grandfather fired up a Winston and informed me that he had no use for rock-n-roll music.  “I like Engelbert Humperdink,” he said, “or outlaw country—Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings—but not the rock-n-rollers.” Always a man to say exactly what he thought, and not one terribly interested in alternative viewpoints or bothered by contradictions, my grandfather had driven a behemoth of a motorhome—harbinger of satellite dishes and unusable tractors to come—to the North Carolina coast.  “A fella in Kill Devil Hills told me I might like ‘Proud Mary’,” he continued, rummaging around the cluttered console.  “I told him I didn’t like the version by Ike and Tina.”  He held up a cassette: CCR’s Greatest Hits.  We listened to “Proud Mary.”  “Matt, now that’s a good song,” he said, adjusting his captain’s hat.  We headed out to the pier.

-Matt Shears

Matt Shears is the author of 10,000 Wallpapers (Brooklyn Arts Press 2011) and Where a road had been (BlazeVox 2010).  He lives in Berkeley, California with his family.

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