Monday, October 26, 2009

The Wide-Open Spaces Are Closing in Quickly

Artist: Waylon Jennings

Album: This Time

Song: "Slow Movin' Outlaw"

The undulating hills and their skins of skyscraper-straight emerald grass hid the old farmhouse in its folds, away from the snaking road below. A path of stone fragments led into the building's simple courtyard. Above the home's entryway, carved into the white facade, was the singular word "Eldorado." The homeowner added slivers of wood to a well-used fire pit, and a vibrant flame began to illuminate the dark sky, its dancing shadows flickering like a silent movie projected on the nearby slope. Clouds filled the sky, but a strong wind would allow for periodic glimpses of the sparkling constellations. Music poured into the courtyard from magnificent stereo speakers. Warm American voicesCalvin Russell, Steve Young, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jenningsfilled the chilly Burgenland night. Wrapped in a thick blanket, senses engaged, I realized that country is country, language be damned.

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