I recently was accepted to law school in Vermont and embarked on an epic 2,200 mile journey from Bozeman, Montana all the way to South Royalton, Vermont. My trek took me speeding through god’s country (the mid-west) over the Great Lakes and Canada. The venture lasted a good three and a half days to reach Vermont, which gave me plenty of time to rock out.
Before I left Bozeman I grabbed an empty CD spindle and filled it with some of my very first radio shows, some old albums I hadn’t heard in a long time, and some newish stuff. One of the bands that found its way into my CD changer multiple times over the voyage are The Slackers, who are one of the best ska bands in the world. I realize that ska is not typically what I write about or listen to, but there is something magical about the beats and rhythms that just gets me moving. Now I try to keep an open mind about all kinds of music (except for country and bluegrass) so when the album Redlight started playing the miles seemed to melt away. Partly because I was less focused on the rolling hills and inbred hicks of North Dakota and more on the dancing in my seat. I also have to admit that ska is perfect music for hot summer evenings. There is something about the beats an rhythms that puts a smile on my face that would otherwise be missing on hot summer nights.
Check out my favorite song on the album “Married Girl”