Leaving Is on His Mind

News & Notes editor Cory Turner serves up this week's staff song pick: Patsy Cline's "Leaving On Your Mind." This is Turner's last week with the show.

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FARAI CHIDEYA, host:

It's time now for our Staff Song Pick of the Week. Today, we've got NEWS & NOTES editor Cory Turner.

(Soundbite of song, "Leavin' On Your Mind")

Ms. PATSY CLINE (Singer): (Singing) If you've got leavin' on your mind.

CORY TURNER: Patsy Cline is her name, and the song is "Leavin' On Your Mind." It's a sad little number that capped a string of sad but popular little numbers Cline recorded before her tragic death at age 30. It's hard to believe, listening to her describe a relationship on the skids, that there aren't more years packed into that soulful, crushed velvet voice of hers.

(Soundbite of song, "Leavin' On Your Mind")

Ms. CLINE: (Singing) Tell me now, get it over. Hurt me now, get it over. If there's a new love in your heart.

TURNER: Now, I know Patsy Cline's a strange choice for a show like NEWS & NOTES. It's not exactly a new chart topper - far from it. But I guess it does speak to the African-American experience - at least in so far as it speaks to the human experience. Then again, some might say I'm a strange choice to edit the show. See, I, like Patsy Cline, am white. And to further complicate things, I'm also kind of country.

(Soundbite of song, "Lovesick Blues")

Mr. HANK WILLIAMS (Singer): (Singing) All I do is sit and sigh-igh, oh, lawd.

TURNER: I really love old country. Back when folks sang about infidelity and foreclosure - not Sunday night football. Back when a Hank Williams yodel could darn near break your heart.

(Soundbite of song, "Lovesick Blues")

Mr. WILLIAMS: (Singing) Lawd, I love to hear her when she calls me sweet dad-ad-ad.

TURNER: But I digress.

(Soundbite of song, "Leavin' On Your Mind")

Ms. CLINE: (Singing) If there's a new love in your heart.

TURNER: I picked Patsy this week, not Hank, and for good reason. Because like her, I've got leaving on my mind. This Friday, I'll say goodbye to NEWS & NOTES. But I didn't want to go without also saying thank you to our intrepid host, Farai; to my colleagues; and to you, our listeners.

I'd also like to say that every now and again, we get a letter that asks why NPR produces a show focused on African-American issues. Isn't it just reverse discrimination, they ask. To which I say, I'm living proof that this show, like this song, is for anyone who cares about the human experience.

(Soundbite of song, "Leavin' On Your Mind")

Ms. CLINE: (Singing) Heart.

TURNER: Oh, and by the way, I'm not all country.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Woman (Singer): (Singing) (Foreign language spoken)

CHIDEYA: That was NEWS & NOTES editor Cory Turner - who we will miss dearly -with his Staff Song Pick of the Week, "Leavin' On Your Mind" by Patsy Cline.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man (Singer): (Singing) (Foreign language spoken)

CHIDEYA: That's our show for today. Thank you for sharing your time with us. To listen to the show or subscribe to our podcast, visit our Web site, nprnewsandnotes.org. No spaces, just nprnewsandnotes.org. To join the conversation or sign up for our newsletter, visit our blog at nprnewsandviews.org.

NEWS & NOTES was created by NPR News and the African-American Public Radio Consortium.

Tomorrow, we go one-on-one with Major General Walter Gaskin, the man behind President Bush's Anbar success story.

(Soundbite of music)

CHIDEYA: I'm Farai Chideya. This is NEWS & NOTES.

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