Look what arrived in the mail yesterday for me?! It’s a CD, in case you were wondering. Maybe you haven’t seen one in years thanks to your iPod? I don’t buy as many these days, but I still enjoy listening to them in the car. And I have a tendency to listen to the same ones over and over and over and over and over again.
I saw Roseanne Cash on CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend talking about her new CD and I knew I had to have it. She and her husband basically took a road trip through the south to some of her father’s old haunts and other places made famous by history or other songs. This CD was a result of that trip. Remember the song, “Ode to Billy Joe” and the line about jumping off the Tallahatchie bridge? That’s Rose on the cover standing on the bridge.
Being a Southern writer and obviously being from the south, stories like that just resonate with me. And every song Rose sings is a story in itself. Don’t believe me? Go back to 2006 and seek out her album, Black Cadillac. I still listen to that album on road trips home! Listen close to the lyrics of so many songs and you will hear lots of anger and sadness about her father and her mother. It’s just beautiful and haunting, but her amazing voice helps with that as well.
I’m looking forward to being haunted today.