I am not a big fan of country music. That makes it sound a bit like I don’t like it. That’s not it, it’s just not usually my go to music. Rock and Roll!!!
But there was a time that I listened to a lot of country music or to be more specific, a lot of Randy Travis. The year I was looking for and found my son, there were two CD’s I played all the time, at home, in the car, everywhere. One was Randy Travis’ Storms of Life and the other was Famous Blue Raincoat, the songs of Leonard Cohen (See my page About the Name) as sung by Jennifer Warrens. I played both of them for my son’s father. He thought Famous Blue Raincoat was beautiful. He thought it was funny that I was listening to Randy. But I digress.
As far as I know, Jennifer Warrens is doing alright; Randy Travis is another story. He was found, apparently, naked and drunk, on a highway. He seems to have fallen on troubled times.
Now I guess if you are a songwriter, it’s all material. Maybe there will be a Storms of Life II. But that is kind of flip and I really don’t want to be flip about Mr. Travis because he was there for me during a challenging time. I doubt that he will find his way to this blog but if he does I hope he will read and know his music meant a lot to me. I still have his songs on my itouch.
Here’s the title track from Storms of Life. I remember singing this in full voice while I was driving around the province, tracking down clues, looking for my son. It wasn’t my favourite song but you’ll get the idea. Particularly if you’ve been there.