Is it just me or has this winter seemed forever long? And wasn’t February way more than 28 days? This month has roared in like a lion with snow, ice, school announcements and low temperatures. Apparently, Mother Nature isn’t paying attention to the dates. As far as I’m concerned, once the calendar flips over to March, winter is dead to me.
My late partner Steve Kerrigan used to make it a St. Patrick’s Day ritual to bust out his patio furniture or “patty o’furniture” as he called it, no matter what was on the ground. And when I think about it, having such a great job that I do where I get to sit in a warm radio studio every day, I’m constantly teased by the music.
Seriously, with titles such as “Pontoon,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” “Toes,” “Water,” “Summertime,” “Chattahootchee,” “All Summer Long” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” it’s hard to get images of fun in the sun out of your head.
Yet as the songs of summer bust out of the studio speakers, there’s meteorologist Rich Wirdzek on the WHIO-TV monitors in the background, knocking me back to reality, with cold and snow in the forecast. What justice is this?
Then, there’s the taunting tours to look forward to. Brad Paisley kicks off his “Beat This Summer” tour in May. Kenny Chesney hits the road on his “No Shoes Nation” tour this month, so does Luke Bryan. Tour name? “Dirt Road Diaries.” You’d think all country tunes would want to make you roll down the window and “Cruise,” right?
It wasn’t easy, but there are some tunes out there that reflect our current situation. Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” for instance? Or the Miami Valley is all too familiar with “Tornado,” in this case, I’m referring to the Little Big Town song, which pairs well with Carrie Underwood’s smash “Blown Away.”
But there’s always a rainbow at the end, right? Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” promises some brighter days ahead. Or you can look at it from Luke Bryan’s perspective: “Rain is a Good Thing.” You know, ’cause it makes corn. And corn makes whiskey. And whiskey makes your baby feel a little frisky. And then your clothes fall off. Wait, that’s tequila! Where are my beer goggles anyway?
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