I have been fortunate enough to come into contact with some extremely talented women since July. One of those women can make me think about the injustices of an overly zealous government while listening to a story set to music. Ms. Jeannie Gill Hinck, a fellow member of BigDawgMusicMafia.com, is that woman. She can sing you a story with a heart and a lesson.
My first experience with Ms. Jeannie was when a friend sent me a link to a youtube video. The song was Grandma Is A Radical. The song, accurately and with humor, describes the silliness of the left and their attempts to classify those of us associated with the TEA Party movement as radicals. The video cleverly used images from TEA Party rallies around the country to dispel the false impressions being delivered to America via the media. I fell in love at that moment with the song and set about finding more from the woman who gave it to us.
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It wasn’t until after the Smart Girl Summit in July that I became acquainted with BigDawgMusicMafia.com and all the amazing talent on the website. And it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I put Ms. Jeannie together with the song that had tickled my funny bone about how “non-radical” TEA Party folks really are. Ms. Jeannie is a member of the BigDawg Brigade and helps to welcome new members to the site and, from what I can see, she is always ready to give fellow artists a congratulatory pat on the back and say “Job well done” when they release something new.
I had the opportunity to speak with her a couple of weeks ago and had such a great time. Her down to earth personality and ready giggle, make you feel as if you’re sitting with an old friend. I asked her how long she had been writing and was surprised when she said, “Oh gosh, I’ve been writing my own music for about 40 years now.” It turns out that her song writing began shortly after the death of her father, when she penned the words to her first song in tribute of him.
Her songs didn’t take on a political slant until she became aware of Wayne Cryts and his imprisonment after trying to protect his own property. The Wayne Cryts Song/The Battle of the Beans, was her very first political statement set to music. In her own words, Ms. Jeannie describes the song as “A folksong written to protest the unjust imprisonment of Missouri farmer, Wayne Cryts, when against a ruling of a federal bankruptcy court, removed his beans from a grain elevator, under protection of common law, in an effort to preserve and protect his rightful property from the creditors of the bankrupt facility.”
Her latest effort, Pretty Girls Guns & Guitars, tells the story of the Department of Justice’s raid on Gibson Guitars in Nashville, TN. The raid was allegedly part of an investigation into a particular type of wood used by Gibson in the making of their guitars. However, Ms. Jeannie thought it a little odd that Gibson should get raided when other guitar makers that used the same wood had not been raided. Of course, none of the other guitar makers had donated to politically conservative candidates or causes. To be honest, we all find it a little odd. Ms. Jeannie collaborated on the song with BigDawg (Andrew) and Lisa Mei Norton and together, they have created a masterpiece of storytelling set to music.
Ms. Jeannie continues to keep writing music, political and non-political, and is currently in the process of obtaining new recording equipment. I, for one, can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. When you have a free moment, head on over to and check out Ms. Jeannie’s page. You’ll find her videos and music, articles and plenty of support for other artists. Say hello and give her a most richly deserved pat on the back. With Ms. Jeannie and her cowgirl posse, along with fellow BigDawgers, on the case our country will surely be set back on the right path. And, I’m sure if you ask she’ll be happy to sing you a story too.