Maxine Brown’s Life – Here and Now
By Maxine Brown
Many of my Facebook and website friends have asked about my life today, and what I’m doing. Though its always rewarding to write about those early years, my fellow entertainers, and places of interest, I decided for this newsletter I would try and answer a few of their questions.
My lifestyle would not be exciting for most people, but I enjoy it. I still live in Arkansas and and have a wonderful family — three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Writing Looking Back to See took over ten years. It’s very rewarding now to see the book touch people’s lives, and to see it sell well. It’s now the 3rd best seller of all time at the University of Arkansas Press. There’s some serious talk of a movie going on. And the website now keeps me pleasantly busy. I have my little shipping room where I wrap all the orders for books and CDs myself, and always add a personal note.
I enjoy doing interviews about the book. Mostly now they’re by telephone, since traveling and touring around at my present age just doesn’t work any more. I can’t seem to accomplish as much as I used to. I don’t know if I’m mellowing with age, or what? I just know that what I used to do all night, now takes me all night to do.
Many people want to know why I never re-married. The answer is quite simple. No one ever asked me! I don’t think they wanted a ready made family, and my kids always came first. I never met a man who was willing to shake hands first. I wish I could have patterned my life after one of my favorite mottos: “In order to have a good life, we need someone to love and be loved, something to do, something to look forward to, and have a good BM every day.”
If I had my life to live over, I would probably find a good soul mate, if for no other reason, to drive me around to various doctor appointments. (I have a back scratcher from Walmart). Also, I am constantly asked “when are we going to join brother Jim Ed and Bonnie on stage at the Opry or do any concert appearances?” I am afraid those days are over for me now, due to health problems. Sooner or later, age catches up with us. I’m at peace with that.
On July 3rd, 2009, The Three Browns re-united on stage of the Grand Ole Opry to celebrate 50 years of our signature song, “THE THREE BELLS”. All of our family was there, over 40 people! We have had a great career in spite of all we had to endure. The Browns are proud to be recognized as “Legends of Country Music”. It’s hard for me to understand, however, why we haven’t been accorded more recognition within the Country Music industry. The fact that we had so many songs, filled so many concert halls and still have so many million selling records listed in those “greatest hits” packages advertised in magazines and on TV prove that we made a huge impact.
I have been able to recognize that most of the not so good things that happen in life are beyond my control. I’ve learned to enjoy my life today, and count my many blessings, and let go of the past and that old tyrant called self-pity. I LOOK BACK now and then, if only to find the meaning of things, good or bad.
We had our share of triumphs but all we ever wanted or needed was a good song to sing and good people to sing it to. Our song started out with three poor as dirt kids dreaming wildflower dreams. The chorus took us all over the world, and the last verse brought us right back home to our strong beginnings.
* You will find some of these thoughts are from my book, LOOKING BACK TO SEE).
* Enjoy The Brown’s music, posted on my website.
* We’ll have more recipes for you next month.
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