Well, I can’t avoid it any longer, winter is officially here. Dang! While I still haven’t completely acclimatized to the cold weather yet I still tend to find myself fantasizing about running in shorts and t-shirt but, I’ll have that opportunity next week (more on that to come) so for the time being it’s ‘suck it up, buttercup’ and get ‘er done…gently, I might add. But that doesn’t mean I can’t think warm thoughts while I’m out freezing along today’s 7.5k route doing my ABC drills, lateral shuffles, grapevines, etc. No, sir! So in an effort to think and, therefore, be warm, I loaded up the ‘Mescalito’ (2007) album by West Texas vagabond Ryan Bingham.
The particular album was released after three self-produced albums by Bingham (a former rodeo rider) and his band, the Dead Horses. In fact, some of the tracks on the album, such as ‘South Side of Heaven’ (the main single from the album) and ‘Long Way from Georgia’ were actually taken from the Dead Horses album ‘Wishbone Saloon’.
Incorporating just about every music style known to mankind (both American and Mexican), including bluegrass, country rock, southern rock, blues, Americana, and even mariachi, this album of truck stops, tip jars, boxcars, and love left behind was lovingly produced by Marc Ford of the Black Crowes and has a very Steve Earle meets Crazy Horse feel to it, so you just know it’s all kinds of awesome. My favorite tracks, however, are the blues stomp that drives ‘Bread and Water’ and the inspired working man’s blue collar anthem ‘Hard Times’, which features Ford on both electric and slide guitars. How’s that for warm? Thankfully, my calf thought so too as it offered me no further problems today.
As a side note, where I don’t profess to love winter running, it was a rather beautiful and ideal day for an easy jaunt out Thunder Bay Rd. and back, with some absolutely gorgeous snowscapes in the trees lining the side of the road. I would have loved to have taken some pictures as I originally intended, but my camera is currently stuck inside the stupid pocket of my running jacket thanks to another faulty zipper. Thanks Running Room!