[It's nice to have a few posts saved up for days when you're tired - I wrote this a few weeks ago.]
I started listening to folk music in college. Besides the singing and the harmonies (and I'm very picky about the singing and playing), I love the fact that folk music can be about any kind of subject. Pop love songs are okay, but get tiresome after awhile.
"Follow that Road," by Anne Hills has one of the most unusual subjects - no, not some agonizing life experience or bizarre historical figure. Once, at a songwriters discussion, someone said that no subject was too small so she decided to write a song that was just directions to a house in the country.
If you're coming in the summer, you'd be better to split off on Thirty-Five
There's the Starlight Drive-In Movie, on your left, just beyond the county line
Right after that, you'll see two silos. One is silver; one is blue.
'Bout a quarter mile further, make a left onto Highway Forty-Two.
Then follow that road, cornfields just as far as you can see.
Follow that road back through time, back through distance, back to me.
If you're drivin' by in autumn, you should follow up the river to Bear Lake.
That's the time to see the colors. There's an old covered bridge you'll want to take.
Late at night, be careful. Just be sure to look for deer out on the road.
And if it's early in the morning, sometimes it gets foggy. Take it slow.
It's a beautiful, slow-moving song that gradually unfolds with just Anne Hills clear voice, constant guitar, and Marcy Marxer singing harmony (I know it's long, but it's worth it).
This recording is from Follow that Road, a CD of live performances from the second annual Martha's Vineyard singer/songwriter retreat, and, obviously, it was chosen as the title for the CD also. If you're interested in getting to know more about folk singer/songwriters, or just want an excellent CD of performances, this would be a good one to get. Along with Anne Hills, and Christine Lavin (who organized the retreat), it includes performances by Pierce Pettis, Barbara Kessler, Tom Paxton, Kristina Olsen, Susan Werner, Al Petteway... oh, I'm not going to list the singers of all 30 songs!
[This was going to be the first of a series of posts about songs from a particular folk tape. My theory was, that if I wrote about a song every day, by the time I finished, the daffodils would be blooming. It would get me through the rest of the winter. But, I never got back to it, and the daffodils have started blooming. Dear husband and I ate sandwiches outside this afternoon before I drove daughter and her friend to dance. The sunset colors on the clouds were beautiful. My wintry mood is starting to evaporate!]
[Now that I'm thinking about it, someday, I should blog about the Starlite Drive In in Durham, NC. We used to live down the street from it. (For those who know Durham - No, not the landfill side of I-85, the other side).]