spydrz replied to your video:"Heartland" by U2 See the sunrise over her skin…
First CD I got as a gift, when it was a new album. Didn’t appreciate it immediately…but I was only 11.
I’m not sure exactly which U2 album was the first I owned myself. I listened to my dad’s CD of The Joshua Tree over and over again starting in middle school (interestingly, I was 11 in sixth grade when middle school began). It really got me through some rough times when my parents were getting divorced and the period of time before they separated when things were rough because of all the arguments. I stayed up a few nights with my Sony CD boombox set up on the carpet in the middle of the living room floor lying in front of it listening to that album the entire night a few times. My mom initially shouted at me to turn off the music, go back to my room, and go to sleep but I kept refusing. It wasn’t long before she realized I was going through a rough time and that staying up listening to that CD was helping more than it was hurting so it was probably okay every so often. I still have that CD that was originally my dad’s copy. However, I got too many scratches on it and had to replace it. The label on that CD looks completely different than later copies. My dad bought a CD player in the mid-1980s for around $600 so it was probably one of the first CD issues of that album. There was a mastering issue with some of the earlier copies where the track did not break at the right position so there have been a few different issues of the exact same CD. The Joshua Tree has been my favorite album for at least two decades now.
I really love the Rattle and Hum album and movie as well. I’ve owned the album since the mid-late-1990s and the DVD of the movie since the early 2000s. It was one of the first DVDs I bought when I bought a DVD-ROM drive for the desktop computer I built before I even had a DVD player for the TV. I love the song “Heartland” because I love driving through rural mountains and farms. I got my learner’s permit when I was 15 and once I had mastered driving around the parking lot at my high school with my mom in her 1994 Ford Crown Victoria and local driving, I used to drive on VA-7 to Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (about 50 miles each way) with her in the passenger’s seat to practice longer trips. I’ve always loved that type of driving and that U2 song evokes images of driving through the heartland of America. It’s not exactly the same type of terrain, but I love the imagery of the song because of lines such as:
Sixty-six - a highway speaks
Of deserts dry
Of cool green valleys
Gold and silver veins
All the shining cities
In this heartland
In this heartland
In this heartland.
This is a heartland.
Heartland, our heartland.
See the sunrise over her skin
She feels like water in my hand
Freeway, like a river
Cuts through this land
Into the side of love
There are definitely plenty of cool green valleys in that part of Virginia. Most of the road trips we took when I was a child were to Morgantown, West Virginia to visit my grandma. The majority of those trips were before I-68 opened. The trips on US-40, US-50, and US-522 were always a bit of an adventure. When I-68 opened, they had an exhibit at Sideling Hill in Maryland where the freeway was cut through the side of the mountain, exposing geologic formations in a manner that is really unlike any similar road cut anywhere else in the world. I’ve always loved driving through mountains, rural communities, and all of the weird roadside Americana like Dinosaur Land, a place I know you have visited.
On one of those trips to Winchester, my mom and I went to the visitor’s center for Frederick County. They had a Patsy Cline exhibit because she was born and raised in Frederick County, Virginia. They opened the house in Winchester where she lived longer than anywhere else in Virginia or Tennessee as a museum in 2011. I have not been there yet but they had a campaign before the museum opened to raise money by selling commemorative bricks for the walkway. My mom bought a brick for a similar campaign in the 1990s at that visitor’s center for significantly less than the price of the bricks in the campaign that ended in 2011. It will be interesting to see if they ever did anything with the bricks from that original campaign or if that group went defunct and a new group took over. They’ve been trying to build a museum for decades. We don’t really have any records or anything so I have no idea what happened.