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It’s Country Time

A daily social distancing diary.

Sara Grace Stasi
Mar 31, 2020 · 3 min read

“I don’t know why we denigrate country music,” he says. “We superficially label it, you know, pickup trucks and good ol’ boys and hound dogs and six packs of beer, when it is in fact dealing with the fundamental questions of the human project which is love and loss.” —NPR quoting Ken Burns

Yesterday, while doing some work and other chores, we watched several hours of Ken Burn’s documentary Country Music. I was delighted about this because I’d missed it the first time around and, as I expected, it was extremely interesting.

Recently we went to see Lyle Lovett in concert (remember those days?) and while watching the Burns documentary I was able to learn more about many of his influences. I could clearly see how he was inspired by the style of groups like bob wills and his texas playboys.

Down to the Nitty Gritty

Today I decided to check out more of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and listened to part of Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972) and most of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III (2002). The early album was covered in the documentary, and it was intriguing to hear many of the earliest influences to not just country but many of the genres of music we know today.

I enjoyed the more modern sound of Volume III. My favorite songs on that were Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms sung by Willy Nelson and I’ll be Faithful to You sung by Emmylou Harris. I was not previously aware of the role this band played in preserving the heritage of country music, but hearing these albums gave me a deeper understanding of the roots that shaped modern country music, rock, and pop, and other genres.

Blue Skies Ahead

It looks like we will be blessed with blue skies for most of the coming week around here. We can get out and enjoy our daily walk, as well as work in the yard and garden. There are many patches that need weeding and it’s a good time for it after a few days of rain.

Tomorrow we will make our first venture to the grocery store in a while. Other than that and our daily walk I pretty much don’t leave the house or yard. The cats have mixed feelings about this, I think.

Today I’m Grateful For…

I thankful for many things right now, but what comes to mind today is having a hobby such as writing as my passion. It can be done anywhere and strange experiences such as what we are living through right now can be a great catalyst for creativity.

Around the web, I’m seeing more people emerge out of their initial state of shock and start thinking about what they can do to stay happy and healthy as we practice social distancing for the next month.

I believe that American culture will be changed in ways we have yet to comprehend. I’m sure there will be some tremendous losses, but hopefully, some growth and transformation will emerge from this pandemic as well.

Graceful Observations

Essays and observations on life from a corner of California

Sara Grace Stasi

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Poems, short fiction, photography, musings on life. Santa Cruz, California. BA American Lit | BA Anthropology | MA Education. Patreon: sgstasi

Graceful Observations

Essays and observations on life from a corner of California

Sara Grace Stasi

Written by

Poems, short fiction, photography, musings on life. Santa Cruz, California. BA American Lit | BA Anthropology | MA Education. Patreon: sgstasi

Graceful Observations

Essays and observations on life from a corner of California

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