Billboard's EXIT to Poetry & Truth
Exit 49 I-95n in GA To: GA 251, to Darien, GA
OK RoadTrippers, listen up! At this Exit, we at RoadSpoke want to salute a Georgia born songster who once released an album entitled, HIGH MILEAGE.
Obviously, this cowboy poet is a man after our own hearts!
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE reports:
"As the tall man in the cowboy hat made his way through the New York City audience, some thought they saw a tear in his eye. “It’s such an honor to be included with all these people,” a humble and visibly moved Alan Jackson said as he became a member of the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual induction gala in June 2018.
And despite it being New York City, yes Alan from Newnan Georgia wore his signature ten gallon hat... which was no less weird than AeroSmith's Steven Tyler wearing spectacles!
“In this era of canned hits, boy band production values and me too braggadoccio, Alan Jackson modestly writes his own Country and Western hit songs and you can tell they are as personal as any poetry written by some modern day Shakespeare. Maybe it is because he is the real thing: a classy down on the farm talent with a word-smithing soul. Whether its a joyful insight into geography with his hit, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” to a subtle reflection on time and change as with his first ever number one hit single entitled “I’d Love You All Over Again,” Alan Jackson mines his soul , the world around him, and old country standards for insights to truths as plain as the nose on your face.”
As his website says:
"With hits like “Remember When” and “She likes it too” when it comes to deeply autobiographical storytelling that resonates with the masses, no singer-songwriter does it better than Alan Jackson. Whether it's the honky-tonk-styled “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” or his quietly evocative 9/11 tribute “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” he delivers graphic and universal images shared by millions. That’s because like a painter, Jackson “visualizes” his music, drawing from his own experiences."
His wife Denise is a big inspiration.
She supported the family as a flight attendant back in the days when the penniless Star struggled to break out. When asked about his evolution as a song writer, and whether he wrote poetry or short stories back in school Alan replied simply, “It must just be a gift from heaven. I don’t know where it came from. I never wrote a song in my life until I was in my early 20s.”
But no doubt the marriage and daughters with Denise is a recurring theme. And a country singer’s dream. It embodied the very themes of the singer’s own hits—a rags-to-riches story of high-school sweethearts who find superstardom without sacrificing true love.
In the days leading up to his induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame the keeper of 35 “Number #1” Country Hits is still sharing his stories — cowboy hat and all."
We at RoadSpoke look forward to many more hits to come.
#9/11 #AlanJackson #DeniseandAlanJackson #Countrywestern #NewnanGeorgia #RagstoRiches #SongwritersHallofFame #Billboard100 #BillboardMagazine
Of Aquaculture & Old Salts
I-95 Rhode Island Southbound Exit 9 To: RI 4 S, E Greenwich No Services at Apponaug, RI near East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Ok now, Road Team, take a quick glance out over the water on your left. You will see a line of yellow buoys and four large red mooring balls. Underneath them is a shellfish farm. It is growing oysters.
Back in 1973, concerned about the impact of growing demand for seafood on the world's oceans, French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau wrote: "With earth’s burgeoning human populations to feed, we must turn to the sea with new understanding and new technology.”
Growing seafood, or aquaculture, is booming business in New England. Aqua-cultured shellfish in Rhode Island include various oyster, mussel, and clam species. These bivalves are filter feeders. This means they rely on what’s called “ambient primary production” rather than feeding on inputs of fish, or meal, or other feed. In other words, they filter water for tiny food like plankton and organic material.
As such, shellfish aquaculture is generally perceived as benign or even beneficial. On top of creating great seafood, this type of Aquaculture actually cleans the water. Pretty cool huh?
Depending on the species and local conditions, bivalve molluscs are either grown on the beach, on longlines, or suspended from rafts and harvested by hand. Here in Rhode Island most are grown in salt ponds where tides flush the estuaries twice a day.
If you have a time for a meal, why not get off I-95 at the next exit and drop by some of the local clam shacks on Route 4 and Scenic Route 1. You will not find fresher or more delicious seafood anywhere in the world!
#aquaculture #RhodeIslandAquaculture #oysters #Oysterfarms #Oysterfarming #Greenwich #EastGreenwichRhodeIsland #Bivalves #Seafood #JacquesCousteau
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