Posts Tagged ‘whiskey’

I am a bit choosy with the music I used to play in my playlist. Bluegrass and country  genre is a daily staple of my waking music life.  I have fallen in love with the soothing voice of Alison Krauss since day one, when I heard “Now That I Found You” and her own rendition of “When You Say Nothing At All”, all chart toppers in the late 90’s.  Like food, country music and bluegrass are organic and ear-friendly  tunes without  the toxicity of blaring and  shouting trend of modern-day rock gurus.

I like contemplative mood of country and bluegrass sound. Its melodic and heartwarming themes of simplicity of rural lifestyle of the typical Americana. I am being transported to the good olden days I used to have in our small town Gerona.  I remember the Sundays’ hustle and bustle at the coliseum in the middle of the sugar cane field, during the heydays of cockfighting.  I was a grade schooler then.

My grandmother used to help in the coliseum canteen, where she would allow me to roam around the tiered seats of wooden planks. Sun bleached as I was and waiting for the creaking sounds of the hurried footsteps of excited expectators eager to occupy their sacred spaces.

I will wait there fielding my gaze to the green sea of dancing sugarcane leaf breezing through the wind. It was such a pure sight. My unadulterated joy, a moment of bliss and happiness. My solitude amidst the maddening crowd. An honest time without thinking the polluting cares of this world.  I break away.

They say music is a therapy to the soul. A beautiful escape away from confusion and disillusionment.  And like Ally McBeal in a famous series on TV of the same title, every song has a journey of moments, significantly intertwined to the times of our lives.  And I must say, our souls never grow old with time like wine, these bodies are rotten away and growing old like those barrel containers but our souls just evolved into something profound and noble within.

Oh, how my mind travelled so far again to the time that was.  A time where the memory of how simple life it was back then, has left me longing to linger for a little while.  While listening to Alison Krauss, songs like “Simple Love”, “The Scarlet Tide”, “Restless”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Whiskey Lullaby”, “You’ll Be My Ain True Love”, “I Will”, “But You Know I Love You”, “If I Didn’t Know Any Better”,  and many others, had me again facing back to where I was before.  Right there, at the colliseum with one of my treasured childhood dream of laying down to the green sea of pure joy touching its fragile earth.

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This song is one of the best by Brad Paisley, a country singer that features Alison Krauss, one of my favorites.  Country music is one music genre I can’t live without. And the rhythmical arrangement of this song makes it one unpredictable gem in my music database.  The harmonies of the male & female voice pieces in this song evoke the nostalgia of love lost and love regained.

The story behind the song (through the music video) is about a war veteran going home at last,  only to find out that her childhood sweetheart who became his wife, is having an affair with another man.  Because of this, the man wallows in desperation and decided to make whiskey drinking as an escape. An option to forget his wife. 

But instead of forgetting the memories of his wife cheating on him, it continually haunted him and it didn’t stop. The man is caught helpless between the feeling of hatred and the feeling of still loving the woman no matter what she did to  him.

All along the man’s ordeal, the wife followed him even inside the bar junctions he’s entering in.  And there was once a time, out of the man’s anger that he tried to hit her but the guys inside the bar stopped him and threw him out on the streets.  And there, he would summoned other passersby to make a fist fight with him. In which, in one occassion, been  fatal. 

And then he died and was buried in their yard under the willow tree, which was so symbolic.  It was there, since their younger days, that their love had blossomed and made them husband and wife.

The wife bearing the guilt of her husband’s death, tried to self-destruct. She also wallowed in whiskey drinking and hoped that it will ease the nagging pains of the unforgivable sin she committed against her husband. She drifted further and further, and became waysided into flirting with other man in order to relive his husband’s memories.  She eventually committed suicide.

She was  also buried under the willow tree, beside his husband’s grave.  Then in afterlife, the woman still pleads for his husband’s forgiveness. And at long last, the husband obliged.  Then the wife, in all her happiness embraced her husband.  The man reciprocated the woman’s affection.  From then on, their souls never parted with each other. And all of these was witnessed in the eyes of a mortal.  A young girl attending the woman’s funeral.

The willow tree, with its leaves that look like tears is whispering in the wind of these lover’s lullabye of regaining love once lost.  What a beauty, despite the travails this earthly life had brought them into.

That was the power of imagery in this song, and it is a cohesive interpretation of a simple love story retold in a whole new light. Truly, this song is a marvel.  Somewhat poetic.

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