I wrote a whole other post for today, but then wasn’t feeling it. That will remain a post for another day.
Regardless, years ago I bought Emmylou Harris’ greatest hits album and I would listen to it all the time, just before dates when I needed to soothe my soul. But mostly I found comfort from it when I was feeling stressed. Most of the songs feel like heart songs, you breathe them in and feel restored.
Without a doubt, Boulder to Birmingham is my favorite. It’s soulful, melodic. And when she says
Of the trucks as they move down
Out on ninety five
And pretend that it’s the oceanSongwriters: Bill Danoff / Emmylou Harris
I understand what she means because I’m here on 95 although it seldom sounds like the ocean to me. But I could imagine, in the right place, it would.
Emmylou evidently wrote this song for Gram Parsons, who died far too young. The most resonating line being: I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham/If I thought I could see, I could see your face.
When death takes someone away, wouldn’t we do anything to see them again?
I have always felt this song at a heart level. Loved Emmylou’s soulful voice. If you’ve never heard it before, please listen and let me know what you think. 💖