Several months ago, DJ texted me to inform me that the Dixie Chicks were playing at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh on the night that she and Stephanie would be returning home from overnight camp. I don’t think she asked me to buy tickets; she told me.
I know a ton of their songs, but perhaps the most widely acclaimed, Wide Open Spaces, was released in 1998. That was a year after DJ was born. It was also around the time that we purchased a brand new forest green Honda Odyssey minivan with a CD player right in the dashboard. We had hit the Big Time!
Our oldest child sucked her pacifier to the beat of Where’s Your Trouble and Cowboy Take Me Away.
In the 90’s, I was not a fan of country music. I was more Earth, Wind and Fire than Miranda Lambert. But my wife, she liked country, and she made sure that her daughters did too.
As songs were played last night, DJ and I had a ride down memory lane.
When the much slower song, Top of the World, came on, my oldest reminded me that I did not like the tune. “Remember dad? You would always fast forward this one.”
“But I loved it! When mom was in the car, she would make you play it.”
“I don’t specifically recall.”
Toward the end of the song, there is a long pause.
“And every time we got to this part, you would press the skip button.”
“It’s a long pause, I’m sure I thought it was over.”
“And then I would cry and mom would make you rewind so I could hear the end, which is the best part of the song.”
“I still don’t love this song. Makes me want to cry.”
When they played Stevie Nick’s Landslide, I was reminded how Lisa and I got into a feud about whether they were singing the word “older” or “bolder” at a certain point in the song. I did not recall this dialogue either.
“Dad, it was a big deal. You were both insistent that the other was wrong.”
Isn’t it interesting what kids watch and remember?
Of course, I was too cheap to purchase good seats for the concert so we were on the lawn in beach chairs. But I was glad. The view of the open sky was amazing that night, and there was one star that shone regardless of where the clouds moved. I think I know why.