There are those times on a cruise that you seem to be a thousand miles from nowhere. You can just sit on the deck and watch the sun rise or set. Off, in the distance you can see a rain shower The clouds seem to be hanging just above the surface of the water and you are alone with your thoughts. Sometimes, being alone with my thoughts can be a little scary, confusing, humorous, or boring. Don’t ask me why an ocean sunset brought to mind a country song and reignited an appreciation for the artist.
Lately I have been listening to a lot of Dwight Yoakam. Dwight was a major player in country music during the late 80’s through the late 90’s. He was part of what came to be known as the “Bakersfield Sound”, which was a blend of country and hillbilly rock. Given the direction that country music has turned the past decade with lyrics that don’t seem to tell a story and instrumentally over-produced chorus, I have a better appreciation for artists like Dwight that could write a good lyric, melody, and a memorable chorus line. Like I said, some days my mind will wander a thousand miles from nowhere.