SNOW DAYS—MUFFLED, TUCKED-IN, NO-CAN-DO DAYS—drove me stir-crazy when I shifted to fulltime residence in Nowheresville three years ago. I wasn’t ready for the country; I resisted the surrender that forces bigger than myself imposed on me. Now days like today are among the sweetest. I am stranded, delightedly so. And I have a new old song to help me revel in my peaceful powerlessness.
As if to reward me for exhaling a little, this morning I discovered a new version of an old anthem, part of a Neil Young tribute in the current issue of “Mojo” magazine. Forty years after Young first recorded “Harvest,” an album I have probably played 40,000 times, the magazine has commissioned a “re-working” of it, all cover versions–including Phosphorescent’s take on “Are You Ready for the Country” (play it up above; volume control on the far right of the top white panel).
You know I love music: It’s a muse, constant companion—and a character in my upcoming book, which I suppose is all about the letting go that I’ve had to do to finally be ready for the country, whatever the heavens bring.