One of my favorite parts of our trip happened on the very first day. We started off at 5 a.m. and wound our way through canyons and ‘deserts’, through Moab and down into Cortez + Durango, Colorado on our way to Albuquerque.
Finding radio stations to listen to isn’t always easy when you’re in the middle of nowhere, but I happened along a station that was playing classic country in Durango.
I loved country in the 80s. And even enjoy the classics of Waylon, Willie and the boys. A good Don Williams or Ronnie Milsap are pretty awesome too.
They played all sorts of great songs, including Barbara Mandrell’s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.’ Who remembers watching the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters?
Anywho. I was in heaven.
I had a roommate from South Dakota in 1987 that introduced country as a staple into my diet. It was the year I met Dan. And I even had another roommate–that actually introduced me to Dan–who’s brother played with Chris Ledoux.
Country dancing Thursday nights at The Star Palace was also a favorite.
I continued to listen to country–adoring artists such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and into Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and such. But when my children started getting tastes of their own? Country was no longer allowed.
I would occasionally listen to country when I was alone, but it slowly dwindled out of my life…just listening to a few albums from time to time, like Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. And then recently Jordan remembered how I used to listen to country and wondered why I never listened to it anymore. I said, ‘Kids wouldn’t allow it anymore.’ But she is now actually starting to like country herself.
So on our trip we found several stations along the way that played classic country and I was in heaven. Driving through the south we were inundated with country stations. I tried listening to current country, but I just couldn’t get into it! I enjoyed a song here and there, but for the most part, it started driving me nuts.
I missed listening to my good stuff that I already owned and so wished I’d had it in my iTunes…along with other songs that I’d purchased on our trip. ;)
Hello Dwight Yoakam. When Dan and I were dating, he played at the county fairgrounds which is just down the road from his house. We sat in the house and listened to our own little concert. Good times.
So when I got home, I needed to get my old CDs out and get that music back in my life.
First up…Clint Black.
And I kind of got stuck on that one, enjoying the heck out of his greatest hits.
It’s amazing how much music can lift your spirits and help you remember good times.
I’ve missed ya.
Glad that you and the rest of your classic country buddies are back in my life.
And this was my theme song from that day, mostly because of these lines:
Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back the memory
Take you to another place and time.
Completely change your state of mind
It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love
It can get you singin’ along
Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above.
And here it is for your listening pleasure.