While I lived in Germany desperate for a job I found work at the Army base at the NCO club. I had two duties, one as a bartender on Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays and a DJ on Tuesdays and Thursdays Nights. I loved my nights as a DJ and I lived for them. I would get lost in the music. I was thousands of miles away from the island where I grew up but music always brought me back home. Music always provided the comfort of sweet and sad memories and I feeling nostalgic would traveled in a trance. I am one of those that wish that could walk and a soundtrack would start playing along. I am one of those that would love life as a musical. I love reading and writing with a lyrical tone hoping you are singing the words along with me.
In Germany was the place where I discovered Country Music, Bluegrass and Folk. Loretta Lynn, Lou Reed, George Strait and Dolly Parton. Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash. Willie Nelson and so many more that I can’t remember and it's no joke after I mention Nelson. I would play Country Music to the men and women serving overseas and I would watch them as they would sing along with pride and enthusiasm. The whiskey shots would flow and the beer mugs would be raised and we would all admit to having friends in low places.
Savannah, GA is where I understood the meaning of Country Music, Bluegrass and Folk. The mountains of Georgia have inculcated a love for the Appalachians, banjo music and the sounds of a good washboard. Drinking out of mason jars and the art of wasting time watching a sunset has made this Latina a good ole’ Southern girl. Merging my island country ways with that of the Georgia southern living have allowed this headstrong person with much needed healing to return to very simple ways. To live with things that I need not with what I want. The South has transformed me and I forever will be grateful to the South.
To follow images from The Revival Fest in Savannah, GA that was held this past weekend. A modern Low Country Hoe Down…
Held at the Savannah Railroad Museum with an outdoor stage where trains would travel behind the stage as bands just played their hearts out…
From Savannah, GA wishing you a Happy Monday Y’all.
And please stay sweet.