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My friend Jenn and I went to see Brandi Carlile last week and she covered two Johnny Cash songs. I loved the songs, but what I loved even more was listening to them in the semi-cool, September air. Fall is a great time to listen to Johnny Cash.

This time last year I shared a song, October, that I wrote about fall and the feelings that come with it. It occurs to me now that I was probably influenced by Johnny Cash’s I Still Miss Someone, even if it didn’t occur to me at the time. The song structure and picking pattern I chose for October are similar, though, the same could be said for many country songs and almost all Cash songs.

More imprtantly, they both also use the fall season to convey the sentiment of the song. I’ve found myself playing this song quite a bit recently, so I thought I’d share my version.

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This past Saturday, my wonderful husband and friends and I “volunteered” for the Top of the Hops Beer Festival. That’s right we “served” our community by volunteering at a beer festival. Saturday was maybe 80 degrees and sunny— maybe slightly overcast— and it made for perfect beer tasting weather. Before I get started , I have to share with you a crazy picture I took.

Have you ever seen a sky like this? It looks like Van Gogh painted the clouds into perfect waves. Check out The Starry Night and Wheatfield with Cypresses if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Coincidentally, Van Gogh was one of the answers in our Cranium game later that night. Spooky.

Moving on. I have to admit, I was really skeptical about how many people would come out to an event like this. I mean, I know a lot of people like to drink beer, but I wasn’t so sure a lot of people wanted to pay $35 to taste 60 oz. of beer (about 5 beers). Well, once again, the universe proved to me that my reasoning is unlike everybody else’s. To say the least, the event was a smashing success. About 3,000 people came to the event and we served beer the entire time. It was like we were tending bar for the afternoon. Here’s Ryan, serving up some thirsty customers.

Mouth watering Blackthorn dry cider that was so popular we ran out of it!

Ryan and I got pretty lucky, I think. We were at the Founder’s table… so we were serving up their Red’s Rye and their KBS. I have to take a minute to tell you about their KBS. Good lord, it was good stuff. If you ever come across this hard-to-find delicacy of the beer world, you should definitely give it a try. It’s a stout that is brewed with coffee and chocolate flavors and then cave-aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon barrels… bourbon barrels! It was delicious.¬† Apparently there is also a CBS… which is the same beer just aged in Canadian Maple Syrup barrels instead of bourbon… can you imagine??? So, we felt pretty lucky that we had such great (and highly sought-after) beers at our table.

Here’s Matt and Shannon in the middle of the craziness. Managing to oblige me with a smile.


Oh, I never got around to telling you why we were all roped into this beer festival in the first place (apart from free admission to the event and after party). The Music Resource Center was the beneficiary of some of the proceeds of the festival… so in exchange for the donation… we gave them our man hours. I tell ya… it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

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