What in the world do fall Cabins, Screenplays and Soundtracks have in common? They all roll around in my mind when I drive too far! I spent an awesome day with my friend Donna Shepherd this week among her wonderful log cabins all decorated for fall.
She had wagons full of pumpkins and gourds, bittersweet and broom corn! It was autumn in its glory everywhere you looked. You will love seeing much more from Donna in the fall 2017 issue of A Simple Life!
But on the long drive home, I had plenty of time to let my mind wander. I thought that if I ever wrote a screenplay, this would be on the soundtrack – a sweeping song that speaks of wide-open prairies and an earlier time. Of wagon trains, hardships, fall and log cabins.
And speaking of screenplays, just before I left on my trip I finally got to see “Free State of Jones.” I didn’t make it to the big screen this summer to see it but it is out on video now and I highly recommend it. It will give you plenty to think about on so many levels. I am going to watch it again, and probably again, to get some things right in my mind about how I feel about it all. As one video about the subject asks, “Was Newt Knight a coward, a traitor, a deserter of the Confederacy who became a murdering bandit, or was he a man of courage fighting for justice against an oppressive Government? What really happened deep in the Piney Woods of Mississippi over a century ago?” It’s very deep and very well done. You’ll cry, cheer, feel ashamed of our history and question many things you thought were true and just. The Civil War is not a simple subject, nor were the reasons behind it. The beginning, and certain parts throughout, are not for the faint of heart so be prepared. It will leave you with many emotions. One of the songs from this screenplay is sung by a favorite artist of mine – Lucinda Williams:
So on my next long trip (which is to Alabama next week) I’ll continue writing my screenplay in my head and keep you posted on that! ha! P.S CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Charlie Cushman who won Banjo Player of the Year at the IBMA awards last night! And to his group, “The Earls of Leicester” for winning Entertainer of the Year! Well Deserved!