Keith put natural-born talent into music
BY BRANDY MCDONNELL NewsOK.com
Sunday, November 04, 2012
11/04/12 at 3:46 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - When Toby Keith was just a boy attending Southgate Elementary in Moore, his sixth-grade teacher made a remarkably prescient and then-controversial declaration to his parents: Their son was a natural-born writer.
"She goes, he is the only one left of the boys that's still writing when the girls quit and ... his creative writing is amazing," Keith recalled in an interview last week.
"And my dad was so frustrated with her trying to convince them to make me a writer. He was like 'My boy ain't gonna be no damn writer; you know, give him his reading, writing and arithmetic and let's go.' I remember going home in the car, he was just like, 'There ain't no way. There ain't no way he's gonna make a nickel (as a writer). He's gonna get out like I did in the oil field and he's gonna work like a guy's supposed to work,' " the country music superstar added, laughing.
"I'm not upset with my parents. You can't tell in the sixth grade that you're supposed to tell your kid, 'Go and be a creative writer.' But it reared its ugly head when I turned 15 ... my grandmother had the bar, I had a guitar, I was around people that were playing in garage bands. ... And the two went hand in hand. And all the sudden you look up, and you're one of the most successful ever in your genre. Or in any genre."
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