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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

As Midwesterners, we seem to like songs about roads. For many of us, it brings us back to the simpleness of our rural roots when we didn’t need interstates, four-lane highways or on/off ramps. We smile when we think of the times when seat belts were for race cars, phones were on walls, and the gas tank could be filled up for a few bucks.

On my drive to work this week, I heard “Shambala.” “Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind, on the road to Shambala.” The name of the song, which was written by Daniel Moore and recorded by Three Dog Night in 1972, has a spiritual meaning in the Buddhist religion, and some Tibetan Buddhists believe it is a mystical land hidden somewhere in the Himalayan mountains. Sounds nice to me.

My uncle Bill loved the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver from 1971. Whenever my mother would hear it, she would think of him. And now I do, too. Almost heaven, indeed. The modern country rap version, “Dirt Road Anthem,” was written by Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert for Jason Aldean’s 2010 album “My Kinda Party.” I kinda like it, too.

Six Days on the Road,” the song about a trucker’s life made famous by country music singer Dave Dudley and remade by Sawyer Brown in 1997, is one that Alexa chooses to play frequently for me for a reason I don’t understand. Must be something in all that data she collects on me.

Seven Bridges Road” was written by Steve Young in 1969 as an ode to Woodley Road, a rural two-lane road of Montgomery, Alabama that, believe it or not, features seven bridges. The song has been covered by many artists with the best-known versions being a five-part harmony by English musician Iain Matthews in 1973 and the 1980 version that I sing along to by the Eagles in 1980.

The Old Man Down the Road” by John Fogerty was released in December 1984 as the lead single from his comeback album, “Centerfield.” As a side note, if you are Creedence Clearwater Revival fan (and who isn’t?), be sure to check out the band’s documentary on Prime Video.

No list of road songs would be complete without “King of the Road,” a song written by Roger Miller, who first recorded it in November 1964. The song shares the stories of a hobo who revels in his freedom, describing himself humorously as the “king of the road.”

And finally, while uncovering my heavy metal affection, you will find 1988’s “Gypsy Road” by big hair rockers Cinderella on my list.

What about you? What songs about the road do you recall? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local First Date Spot

1 Black Cat Ice Cream

2. Sakari Sushi Lounge

3. Louie’s Wine Dive


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Angelo Ligdis celebrated the 35th anniversary of his Olympic Flame cafe last weekend. The Flame was East Village before East Village had a name.

Teutonic Wines, Oregon wines inspired by Mosel and Alsace vintners, will be sampled at The Cheese Shop (833 42nd St.) April 17, 6 p.m. Seven wines will be paired with seven cheeses. $65. 515-528-8181. This is first time Teutonic has been available in Iowa.

Every Wednesday, Price Chopper offers $6 meat loaf dinners including two sides and a dinner roll.

— Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Breezy and warm conditions will stick with us through Friday. Rain chances finally move in Friday evening and last into Saturday evening. Cooler temperatures will follow.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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On April 12 ...

1861: CIVIL WAR BEGINS. Four of the bloodiest years in American history begin when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard open fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort. On April 13, U.S. Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort. Two days later, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to quell the Southern “insurrection.”

1954: On April 12, 1954— Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock.” If rock and roll was a social and cultural revolution, then “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” was its Declaration of Independence. And if Bill Haley was not exactly the revolution’s Thomas Jefferson, it may be fair to call him its John Hancock.

1981: The space shuttle Columbia is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space. Piloted by astronauts Robert L. Crippen and John W. Young, the Columbia undertook a 54-hour space flight of 36 orbits before successfully touching down at California’s Edwards Air Force Base on April 14.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: No mow May: Des Moines mayor asks residents to leave the lawn alone

DES MOINES, Iowa — The mayor of Des Moines wants you to keep your lawnmower parked a little longer. Mayor Frank Cownie signed off on a "No Mow May" proclamation on Tuesday. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Federal drug sting leads to high-speed chase, crash, arrest in Des Moines

DES MOINES, IOWA — A federal drug investigation in Des Moines led to a high-speed chase in a residential neighborhood and ended with a violent crash on the south side on Tuesday afternoon. Police say no bystanders were hurt, and a ‘significant’ amount of drugs off the street.. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Reynolds' 6-week abortion ban takes center stage at Iowa Supreme Court arguments

The arguments before justices come after Gov. Kim Reynolds appealed a decision from a Polk County judge last year. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


McFable Farm offers hope and healing

Providing opportunities for kids and the aging.

By Becky Kolosik

Michelle McNamara knows better than anyone that, on a bad day, all you have to do is go outside and talk the leg off an animal and everything just seems better.

“They listen, snuggle and keep our secrets,” she says, smiling. “What more could one ask for?”

McNamara grew up on a farm west of town, and it was always her dream to return to the country and own farm animals. In the fall of 2021, she and her husband, Terry, bought an old farmhouse with a little bit of land.

“Terry likes to say we bought four goats, and they just happened to throw in a house, too,” she jokes. “We have been working on the house, and, along the way, we’ve added 26 chickens.”

... Read more in the April issue of Winterset Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Nick Noah and Ben Merrill!

These celebrities were born on this date: Saoirse Ronan, Claire Danes, Shannen Doherty, Jennifer Morrison, Andy Garcia, Ed O'Neill, David Letterman, Christina Moore, Ted Ginn Jr.

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
 What did the chef say when she ran out of seafood?  "Where's the beef?" - Carolyn Rogers. It's a Clam-ity! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

Why was the sedimentary rock extra cheap?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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