May 7, 2015

Pacific Northwest Music?

I had reason to listen to the song "Seminole Wind" recently, a country song about the destruction of the Everglades in Florida. It got me listening to and thinking about country music, which is what I grew up on.

I've written here before about never having connected to the land here in Seattle the way I did in Florida. And some of that is that I didn't know how to put in work that had just sort of happened naturally being a kid growing up there and exploring the swamp and the piney woods, laying in the grass, swimming in the ocean and the rivers and the sinkholes. As a kid, that was just life; as an adult, that takes some effort. Especially when hiking is a lot harder than it used to be.

But listening to that song, I remembered that one of the things I always loved about country music (before it was entirely taken over by jingoism and right wing mania) was the deep sense of place embedded in a lot of it.

Not just Seminole Wing. Song of the South, Mountain Music, If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band), The Devil Went Down to Georgia, If Heaven Ain't a Lot Like Dixie. So much more. Most of it isn't about Florida, no, but many of them are about places I've been through in the South, that I can feel connected to, land my family has lived on, rivers we've swum.

And I don't have that here. The only song I know that connects to this area in the same way is Emerald Green by Vixy and Tony. I love that song. But I really need a great long playlist of PNW music. Music of place, music about the land, music that could only take place here. Music of here.

Anybody have a recommendation?