Yesterday I got to listen to country music for a solid hour or so, Kember sat in the back with her headphones in listening to her audiobook. At the beginning of this trip I told her driver gets to pick music. I have been driving most of the time these past few days so I am happy I said that a week ago.
It’s funny how music can make you think of certain moments in your life or even make you think of a specific person… As I sat driving through Montana in my own head and singing to this country music, I thought of a lot of people.
I of course thought of my best bud Justin, my only friend who enjoys country as much as I do. That every warm day we would have windows down and the country music blasting. Or my friend that I got her to listen to one country song, now that’s the only one she knows, that and Chicken Fried. I know what you guys are thinking right now… Chicken Fried, what a great name for a song, I don’t blame you if you go and search it up and spend the rest of the day playing it on repeat. Even the rest of your lives, no judge here.
I also thought of my senior year gender perspective class where we spent several days listening to music and how many stereotypes there are in songs these days. Country music came up a lot I must confess. Mrs. Seltenreich, you didn’t ruin country music for me don’t worry I don't think anyone could. Not even my siblings who mock it every time I turn in on, that it’s only about trucks, girls, beer and throw in a bit of god every now and then. Which I must say a lot of that is true but something about sitting through South Dakota, Wyoming and now Montana my urge to blast the country music was steadily increasing.
Like I said before I have a lot of songs that bring me back to a specific moment in my life. There is this one song that reminds me of my friend every time I hear it because she dragged me to a college party. Side note: I kinda hate going to parties. And this song that came on was one of the 3 songs she got me to "dance" to. Another side note: I don’t like dancing. But yeah it’s such a small moment in my life that my mind could have easily let go the second it happened but for some reason it stuck. I could sit here and list a bunch of these songs and moments I have but I doubt you really care if they aren't related to you… This is what I was thinking about while I drove through the mountains of Montana. When I think about what to write, I usually talk out loud to myself. I know picture this: a 17 year old girl in a van following the road, not really having a plan of where to stop, just checking the gas gage every now and then. Sounds pretty cool right, but throw in that she talks to herself, Game Changer!!!
I don’t know why I am about to write this but while my sister and I were driving through Wyoming the other day I asked her… “I wonder what my life would have been like if I cared what people thought of me.” We both laughed at this because it’s kinda true in a sense but also not at all. I care what I look like in a sense of wearing, colorful socks, jeans, a t-shirt, vans, a vest and most likely my army hat. That’s my style, riveting isn’t it. My sister simply said that you do care but not about fitting in initially, that you never cared about wearing skirts and lipstick. This made me laugh of course, and brought me back to a moment I had with my friend down in Maryland. I asked her if she would join a sorority, I continued by saying, "I think you can fit into that lifestyle way more than I could." Well at least something along those lines, so don’t quote me on that, even though I literally just quoted myself. We continued on joking with the idea of me being in a sorority and that if i went to a party where you had to “dress up” I would (Insert “my style” from above) and I would fully walk into that party thinking I was 100% dressed up while everyone wore fancy dresses and other clothing items I don’t understand.
For instants I go to Goodwill or Savers all the time to find clothes, I would say 70% of my closet is items from a second hand store, and about 100% of the items I wear from that closet are from those said stores. I don’t know when or how that started, I guess from my siblings. We don’t shop at these stores because we have to but simply because it is fun and you can find all those jackets, t-shirts, shoes or random miscellaneous items you didn’t know you needed, all for a great price!!!
Yea I don’t really have that much for you guys today I think I will write another one about what we have been up to in Montana and where we are headed next but for some reason I felt the need to talk about music and my shopping habits.
Greta Ann Vanderblue.