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Day 144: Roadtrip Music

After my 400-mile round trip on Friday, I added another 330 picking the boys up yesterday. I loaded up ye olde minivan with more CDs from the days of yore. The only thing that could have made this trip better, or more early 2000s, would have been taking it with Goldie, my old Ford Escort ZX2. We had some good times in our 12 years together. Sigh.

Anyway, I had the Dixie Chicks on my mind since Friday. I realized again that I have a heart for Texas Twang. And if it's accompanied by fiddle or steel guitar, I die. So great are the sounds! I used to say that if I could have a celebrity voice for a day or two, it would be that of Natalie Maines and I still stand behind that comment. I promise I'd use it for good! I mean, hasn't everyone else chosen Adele already? Or maybe Norah Jones? I'd also grabbed her "Come Away With Me" album and enjoyed it so much. The smoothness of her voice just amazes me. It's comforting and soft, yet powerful.

Since the Garth concert I've definitely been on a Garth Brooks kick, too. I grabbed "Ropin' the Wind" and the lyrics to "Against the Grain" came rushing back. All the twang! It's not Texas twang but it definitely hit the spot.

Even though I had plenty of my beloved Matchbox 20 along, the shining star of this roadtrip was Willie Nelson's "The Great Divide" which is one of my all time favorite albums. If I could only pick a handful of albums to listen to into eternity, this would be one of them. I typically think cross-genre duets are lame, and he's done duets with just about everyone, but somehow this album just works. From the first song, "Maria, Shut up and Kiss Me" I was all heart eyes emoji. Adding Rob Thomas almost always works for me! Each subsequent song had me all "Oh! Yay!" I could write a paragraph on almost all of the tracks, but I'll spare you. If you are mildly interested, but not really interested, just check out the album's last song, "You Remain" with Bonnie Raitt. It's one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I've heard. The lyrics and the harmony and the music trailing off at the end just stop me in my tracks every time.

As much as I love thinking and sharing about music, it's past my bed time. Just please tell me your celebrity voice choice. Thanks!

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