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Other Voices, Same Room: High Fiver, Elizabeth Young, Tricks Me Into Liking Country Music
 

Gary Wimsett, Jr.

June 17 · Issue #21 · View online
The High Five goes out every Friday morning - just in time to jump start your weekend. I'm handpicking five things I think you'll enjoy discovering, listening to, or thinking about as you head out to do great things.

Other Voices, Same Room: High Fiver, Elizabeth Young, Tricks Me Into Liking Country Music

Young and Youngin'
Who is Elizabeth Young, Gary asks? Well, I’m a native Orlandoan, a full-time college instructor, a part-time Special Magistrate, the mom of a cute (see photo) and rambunctious almost 4 year-old, a mostly decent wife and a co-contributor for the book review blog Beyond The Cover. Please check it out, we’d love new readers!
I love reading (real books, not that synthetic e-book stuff), cooking (but not baking which requires actual measuring), traveling near and far, the ‘Noles, hanging with my family and a reasonable amount of exercise (read: yoga and walking, no boxes or circuits).
My High Five this week:
  • When I opened the public library envelope, I assumed they had mistakenly sent us someone else’s order. It has happened before but I don’t complain because they deliver books to my doorstep for free (well, other than my property taxes but, you know, that is a sunk cost). I checked with my husband to make sure he hadn’t ordered the cd with the hippie design cover of a guy who looked like a serial killer and had a name like a fish. The hubs had, in fact, ordered it and Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” was a shocking treat. I’m a marginal country fan but Waylon is my all-time favorite and Sturgill sounds so much like him at moments, its haunting. While many of Simpson’s songs are not the typical country fare, Life of Sin will have you tapping your toes and reaching for your favorite cold drink.

  • Based on a tribute article to Jim Harrison that Gary posted in an earlier High Five, I checked out Harrison’s The English Major. And, when I say I checked it out, I mean physically. Unlike Gary who is an e-reader guy, I like the physical book and I like to get it from the library (again, property taxes!). I’m an avid reader so two chapters into the book I was wondering HOW I’d never read anything of his before. The book tracks main character Cliff who sets off on an around the country road trip after the demise of a long marriage. Cliff’s travels, while mostly tame, are shared by Harrison with such humor and lust for life, you’re rooting for Cliff from start to finish. Harrison is a great developer of characters and describer of surroundings and had me itching to visit some of those M states up north that I tend to forget exist.

  • Gary asked that my five be positive in nature. The title of this next article suggests negativity but don’t be fooled. The New York Times article, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person, takes a historical look at how the concept of marriage has changed over time. How, while it used to be a practical matter (the bride’s dad owned a castle, the groom’s family needed some sheep), it has now turned into a romantic endeavor. The author posits that if you’re going to be in a relationship for years on end, you need to be looking for more than the fireworks that existed at the start. Rather than bemoaning that your partner has ‘lost that loving feeling’, you might should focus on the fact that, hey, you’re not that easy to live with either, and, if your spouse puts up with your crap, that might be something important.

  • Stephen King is known as the King of Horror but I find that so misleading. Many of his works, while suspenseful and other worldly, are far from horror. I’m currently listening to Duma Key on audio about a guy who suffers life threatening injuries and winds up with powers of omniscience (read: modern day Dead Zone reboot set in Florida). The reader is John Slattery, of Sex and the City and Mad Men fame, and he makes it all the more entertaining. I laughed so hard at one point while I was driving, I almost had to pull over. Yes, in a Stephen King book. Give it a go.

  • And, finally, in light of the tragedy that occurred in Orlando last weekend, I must pay tribute to my hometown. I, like the author of this article, was born and raised in Orlando and, other than my college and law school years, have lived there my whole life. I have told people for years that Orlando is 30 miles north of Disney property. Orlando is the Bob Carr auditorium, the Chain of Lakes boat tour, the Orlando Science Center and Little Vietnam. It’s also all the things that Robert Dickson talks about in his article, The Wounded City. As he says, we may be tacky, but we’re more than you think we are and we’re proud of it. Orlando is, after all, the City Beautiful. Hashtag: Orlando. 

I’ll end with a quote I heard on Game of Thrones from Ian McShane, who had about a five- minute cameo. (It’s hard to stay alive on that show). “Violence is a disease. You don’t cure it by spreading it to other people.” As my dad would say (retired Air Force pilot), as well as the main character from Duma Key, Roger That.

Cheers,
Elizabeth Young
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