Up until recently, we didn’t have a CD player in our van. So, when we take trips, I usually put together mixed tapes of things from various CD’s and records. When I was talking about this with my older son, he said he hoped that I’d keep making them even though we have a CD player in the van now (that just came with the side air bag package – the thing I wanted to make sure we had was another tape player). I said that I definitely would keep making them since no one makes CD’s with the kind of variety I want (going from Varttina to Diana Krall to Laura Love to Brian Setzer, etc.).
I usually make tapes when we’re going on vacation or a trip – which makes getting ready to go busier than just packing.
One particular tape was for an October vacation in the NC mountains. We started listening to the tape when we were heading west out of Blowing Rock towards Linville Falls. The falls are beautiful, but can get rather crowded in the autumn. We usually spend more time at a little overlook at a curve in the Linville River – perfect for sitting and looking at the water, skimming stones, wading, and playing Pooh Sticks.
Just as we were getting to the turn for Linville, “Watershed” by the Indigo Girls started playing on the tape. It was off of a new (to us) CD, and we hadn’t heard it yet. But we ended up having it playing in our heads for the whole morning we were there.
Now, besides the fact that we now have it linked to the river and a beautiful afternoon, it’s a beautiful song in its own right:
every five years or so i look back on my life
and i have a good laugh
you start at the top
go full circle round
catch a breeze
take a spill
but ending up where I started again
makes me wanna stand still
up on the watershed
standing at the fork in the road
you can stand there and agonize
till your agony's your heaviest load
you'll never fly as the crow flies
get used to a country mile
when you're learning to face
the path at your pace
every choice is worth your while
Ilove the way the two of them harmonize. I also like the variety of their songs. They both write them, and they have different styles. Unfortunately, we’ve never had a chance to see them in concert.
Here’s a link to the CD, if you want to listen to a bit. Other favorite songs on there include, “Southland in the Springtime,” “World Falls,” and “Hammer and a Nail.”