I am an aspiring artist of sorts meandering about in my early 20s. I love music -especially that of the Old Time persuasion, fine art, folk art, and Appalachia. I have a deep-rooted faith that won't let go of me, and I'm thankful. This blog is really just a random assortment of things I find interesting, inspiring, beautiful, or hilarious.
Both Kinds of Music 2013 Holiday Gift Guide Part 1
Friends, with 14 days or so until Christmas, are you coming up short with gifts for the country music lover in your life? Or maybe your own list has a few holes in it. Fret not, I’ve scoured the internet and my own site to find great gifts. Remember, buy local or straight ffrom the artist when you can. (In cases where I’ve linked to Amazon, I have an affiliate account which pays me meager sum.)
- Johnny Cash Print by Drew Friedman - $175 - The classic illustrator respectfully renders the most classic country performer.
- What Whiskey Will Not Cure, There Is No Cure For Print by Andrew Le - $20 - A favorite poster among Both Kinds of Music fans.
- Listen to Townes Van Zandt T-Shirt from Midnight Rider - $52 - Who doesn’t love the fine clothing Midnight Rider offers? I just found out last night that all their clothing is American made.
- The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song - David Lasky & Frank Young - $18.27 - The highly-rated illustrated tale of country music’s first family.
- Wooden Country Magnets - Jodi Lynn Burton - $12.00 ea Perfect for every fridge.
- Buck ‘Em: The Autobiography of Buck Owens - Randy Poe/Buck Owens - $21.62 Hardcover / $16.19 Kindle - Brand new! Straight from the mouth of Buck himself - the story of a true original.
- Buck ‘Em: The Music of Buck Owens - Buck Owens - $22.26 CD / $11.49 MP3 - The musical companion to the book. Features early, alternate and live tracks. A lot of stuff I hadn’t heard before. Essential country music.
- Heaven Send Us Better Times - Roe Family Singers - $15 - Looking for something traditional yet modern? Try the latest CD from my pals in Minneapolis. This fine effort features 12-tracks of spiritual standards played in the rousing Roe Family fashion.
- Outlaw Ladies Prints Six-Pack - Joshua Norton - $75 (Available as singles for $18 ea.) Decorate your abode with country’s legendary ladies. If you poke around, there’s the set of men too.
- Vintage Wares from John Dear Vintage - Various Prices - These are my very best friends in Minneapolis. They scour the thrift stores of the Twin Cites looking for cool shit and they find it! If you’re into fine footwear or nifty gee-gaws, they’re got you covered.
More to come tomorrow!
When winter gets heavy
I will find lightness of being in my brother and sister
who will be here
reminding me that we contribute to each-other’s beauty.
I’ll be reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
and rejoice because I am no longer caged,
and can only ever be caged again
by my own doing.
When winter gets heavy
I’ll remind myself that I deserve your love whether or not I have it.
And when I don’t have it
That will be my comfort.
I do so wish I could have such undying optimism.
The kind of thinking that makes a distinction between thought and feeling is just one of those forms of demagogy that causes lots of trouble for people by making them suspicious of things that they shouldn’t be suspicious or complacent of.
For people to understand themselves in this way seems to be very destructive, and also very culpabilizing. These stereotypes of thought versus feeling, heart versus head, male versus female were invented at a time when people were convinced that the world was going in a certain direction — that is, toward technocracy, rationalization, science, and so on — but they were all invented as a defense against Romantic values.
Every. Single. Line. of this song is flawless.