When my friend Gill asked if I wanted to escape to the lake to hang with her Dad and pup Jackson, I jumped at the chance. The cottage is on an island so getting away from cell service and being surrounded by nature was as appealing as it sounds. Nothing cures a chaotic mind more than fresh air, a moonlit lake, and some beers with your best bud.
Her Dad and Uncle took us on a trip down memory lane by playing some of their old CDs. The Band, Johnny Cash, CCR etc were all in the mix. The "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack was also a hit.
There's so much fun to be had without cell phones, laptops & TVs etc. It's weird to think "CDs" already feel like a throwback to better times. I think the last time I sat for hours listening to albums all the way through was in my teenage angst; lying on my bed blaring Matchbox 20 through giant yellow headphones. With iTunes and Spotify etc. we miss some of the artistry and rhythmic patterns of the way songs are ordered. I'm usually listening to music on my way to something else. That was the first time in a long while where I just sat, listened and absorbed.
Hot on my next album purchase list are some more Johnnys:
- Johnny Prine
- Johnny Horton
- Johnny Rivers
On my solo drive up there, I stopped at the cutest British-inspired coffee/tea house called English & Miller. They had a roaring fire, comfy couches and personal tea pots for $3! It was a great spot to get some writing in.
While at the cottage, cozy mornings sipping coffee in our flannels was my favourite time. I'm not normally an early riser but watching the sunrise really makes me want to start.
Looking forward to some more time in cottage country at Norway Bay this weekend for Thanksgiv'r at the River.