This week the show is titled "Gateway to the South" (see description below) but I have to admit Russ Ringsak got me right in the heart. I somehow missed his update from January 8, but the temp is still so cold it rings true:
A few nights later I sat looking out on a pure northern backyard of fresh crystalline whiteness, lying beneath a large and warm-looking moon, trees throwing big bent shadows around. It was utterly still, so soundless it seemed like traffic had come to a standstill for forty miles all around.
It was below zero. Still as death out there on the back hill, rising as if to meet the big moon partway. But it wasn't like death out there. It was death itself.
Oh man, I have to thank Russ for that imagery and reality. If you've never spent some time with the Prairie Home Trucker, explore his words.
Meanwhile and up-to-date the crew is in warmer climes. They're in Louisville, a place I'd actually like to see even if I'm just passing through. Their city site is offering tips on dealing with frigid weather which is relative folks - remember that 17 deg is cold for them. Looks like tomorrow will be in the 30s. Anyway the rundown is probably more interesting than my weatherbabble, so here it is:
This week on A Prairie Home Companion we're live from the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. With special guests, honky tonk angel and 65th member of the Grand Ole Opry; Patty Loveless, and genre-defying Kentucky singer-songwriter Brigid Kaelin. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.
Sounds like a good time in a (relatively) warmer clime. Are you dreaming of somewhere with softer air? Or maybe you can relate to Russ' wintry description, there's no wrong answer in this discussion.
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