Shaken Not Stirred

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Country Roads, Take Me Home

On American Idol last night, one of the contestants sang "Country Roads" by John Denver. Yes, I watch American Idol and I do love country music. So Tuesday night's episode was a treat, American Idol with country music.

When the first contestant started his rendition of "Country Roads", I was excited. This songs holds many many memories for me. First of all, the West Virginia University marching band always started off football games with this song. I loved going to my alma mater's football games! And I would especially get excited when the band would play snippets of the song throughout the game.

Secondly, the song reminds me of the roadtrips my family would take when I was younger. We would either go to Ohio, to visit family friends or to New Jersey to visit my mother's sister and my father's colleagues. On our way back from these trips, it never failed, "Country Roads" would play on the radio. It was always about an hour after we crossed the West Virginia border. Being in isolated sections of the state, country radio stations were our only stations of choice. Either due to the popularity of the song or the fact that we were indeed in West Virginia, we would hear it at least one time before we got home.

I remember thinking it was good to go on vacation, but it was also great to be home. I've never felt so comfortable and warm as I do when I see that "blue ridged mountains" sky-line. It was always dark when we got home. But the song of the crickets and the smell of honeysuckle and my mother's rose garden embraced me. It always whispered, "welcome home, we missed you".

P.S. I threw up a little at the cheesiness. Barf bags available upon request.


  • I'll say it again--pass some bread with that cheese!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 12:44 AM  

  • please tell me what is the go with the tv show LOST? i have heard they are all dead, in u know the answer???? its killing me to know what is happening with addictive tv show being shown down here in melbourne, australia!!!!

    By Blogger ange, at 2:32 AM  

  • Hi Angel! Is your addy still the FL one? :-)

    I'll get you a postcard! x

    By Blogger missy, at 3:35 AM  

  • I like John Denver, too. :)

    By Blogger JJ, at 7:03 AM  

  • I see no email address so I am going to ask you here if you would like to join my blog to write about West Virginia...would you? Take a look at what we do and email me. Thanks! D L

    By Blogger D L Ennis, at 9:06 AM  

  • HA !!!! that's so cute !!!

    i hope taylor wins.. cuz he's hot and an amazing singer.. with character...

    By Blogger madame P, at 10:16 AM  

  • I like John Denver also. That song is now going through my head. Thanks man.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 10:17 AM  

  • Country music actually is the "Welcome Home" music played at a very popular locale. What's it called, what's it called? Oh yeah, HELL!

    By Blogger Dirk the Feeble, at 12:50 PM  

  • I'm thinking of the Olivia Newton John version of that song right now.

    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 12:54 PM  

  • i love this post angel,
    i am a road trip kind of gal...
    to this day i love to get
    in a car "and just go"
    with my treats and my maps
    and jeans and tee's...

    By Blogger Maddy, at 1:33 PM  

  • I know a few John Denver tunes and I still remember him from that movie with George Burns "Oh God." It is cool how one particular song can evoke so many good memories.

    By Blogger mrshife, at 1:36 PM  

  • I am blaming you for sticking that tune in my head today. I had managed to purge it last night but wham here it goes again. At least he didn't sing 'Thank God I'm a Country Boy'.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 3:34 PM  

  • As much as I don't like that music now, it does give me some pleasant memory peace when I hear it from the good times of yore.

    When I'm not wretching, that is.

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 3:54 PM  

  • I like this song also, although in general I'm not a big country music fan.

    Blogger ate my original post, which was merciful as I mentioned me singing. *shudder*

    By Blogger Tea and Books, etc, at 4:30 PM  

  • Maybe you like that song so much because there is no other well-known song about "Almost Heaven." Actually, I tinhk Florida should change it's state nickname to "Almost Heaven" since it is generaly the next stop for most of its resdients.

    By Blogger White Dade, at 5:04 PM  

  • Don't feel bad...I LOVE American Idol. I'm totally addicted.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 6:38 PM  

  • Yes, that contestant is from my city. Taylor Hicks, from Birmingham, Alabama.
    He did pretty well, but my favorite is Katharine. I think she has the most talent. I do like some of the other's too.

    Keep up the good workouts, I am sure it is paying off. I can definitely feel a difference.

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 6:46 PM  

  • Whats honeysuckle?

    By Blogger Princess Pessimism, at 7:25 PM  

  • We aren't getting this season of American Idol for some reason ... shame, as it is usually good fun. The last one we got (I think) was when Fantasia won.
    Have a great day, enjoy AI, take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 10:30 PM  

  • Luckily your family are better drivers than John Denver.

    By Blogger Big Ben, at 10:58 PM  

  • hehe...YOU said it...

    By Blogger ***Double_Oh_No***, at 12:45 AM  

  • Never got into country.

    Maybe, I just need to learn some steps. :) HAHAHA..

    Thay MAY be a scary thing.

    Not cheesy at all. Just sentimental.

    By Blogger Cari, at 8:10 AM  

  • That was indeed a good song.

    By Blogger Gyrobo, at 3:27 PM  

  • That song came on the radio today and I so thought of your post.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 7:30 PM  

  • That song is a standard, although I'm more of a John Denver the actor fan. Loved him in "Oh God" and all those Muppet episodes.

    Taylor sucked eggs that night, his song was boring.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 1:10 AM  

  • I thought that epsidoe of American Idol was bland... they didn't sing those country songs (with the exception of Ms.Pickle) as much as get through them.

    I was waiting for Chris Daughtry to sing "Ten Rounds with Jose Curevo", but he didn't. Disappointing that.

    I remember "Country Roads" from my childhood road trips as well, except we weren't travelling through West Virginia but the back roads of Ontario.

    I think my favourite John Denver song is "Eclipse"... After living in BC, I totally relate to the first line... "The sun slowly fading in the western sky,/Sometimes it takes forever the day to end."

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 4:28 PM  

  • I love American Idol but despise country music. I want Bucky outta there!...

    By Blogger Cathy, at 8:35 PM  

  • I don't know. After the first season with that guy who attempted to a sing Madonna song, and the large number of off key singers with oversized egos, I couldn't stand watching it anymore.

    I cringe still at the thought of some of those "auditions" they showed prior to getting to the finals.

    It must be New York, the last time I heard the John Denver version of the song must have been in the early 90's.

    However, if they play Shakira's La Tortura one more time, I might have to take hostages and start doing some real torture.

    By Blogger Grant, at 8:42 PM  

  • I love that song too !

    By Blogger True Blue Guy, at 11:36 PM  

  • A filipino listening to country music, is that ethnically possible?

    By Blogger Walter, at 5:02 AM  

  • you had a rose garden! now i'm jealous.

    By Blogger Chloe, at 5:04 PM  

  • I like John Denver. It's the music I listen to when I'm painting a room and want to sing along with something.

    By Blogger Spider Girl, at 2:56 PM  

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