In all the years I have been participating in “Open Mic Nights” in
Nashville and other cities all over the U.S. I have NEVER LOVED a
song as much I love my choice for number 4 in this series.
I heard it for the first time in 1998 at an open mic night in downtown
Nashville and it is called “Choices” and it was written by Billy Yates.
Mr. Billy wrote several songs that were cut by George Jones.
And in 2000 George cut the song Choices on his critically acclaimed
smash hit album ‘Cold Hard Truth”.
Before it was cut Mr. Billy would occasionally play it during
writers rounds. And I remember the first time I heard it at the
end of it I was lost in tears.
It moved me so intensely as they were the most powerful words
I think have EVER been put on paper.
When I was on my way to work in 2000 Billy Yates did what Music Row
said was not possible: He put George Jones back on FM radio.
I had to pull over my truck and cry for a few minutes.
The song was so powerful George himself was involved in a wreck
while playing it for someone on his way home.
This song just absolutely haunts anyone that ever had a
bout with the devil…and I think all of us have at one
time or another.