If ever there was a day for sitting back and focusing on what’s important it’s a day like 9/11. It’s all that has been on my mind for the last few days, especially after listening to the new album Walkin a Wire by Pete Scobell Band. I was invited to the Linqia campaign about a week ago asking that we listen to the album and share it with our readers (assuming that we liked it, of course) and ever since then the events of 9/11 have been on my mind. It’s just a continual reminder that we should all count our blessings and keep what is truly important close to our hearts.
(Check out more about the album here because you can win a free copy of it at the end of this post!)
When I first heard Walkin a Wire I couldn’t help the tears that welled up. In fact, I’ll be honest and just say that I wanted to break down and just cry like a baby. It just brought back all the feels. It’s a country album and, being born and raised (mostly) in West Virginia it’s fair to say that country music is a ‘safe haven’ of sorts to me. I grew up with my Grandparents and my Dad listening to all of the old classics. Even as country music has evolved in to a sort of hybrid southern rock / country classic kind of genre listening to it still makes me feel connected to my family and my roots.
Like most great country albums, Pete Scobell’s album tells a story. Through his music he talks about loss, life after the military, and supporting our veterans in their endeavors once they return to civilian life. It was really personal to me. I connected in so many ways because:
- In the last few years I’ve lost both of my West Virginia grandparents. Those losses broke my heart.
- I have a lot of military (and ex-military) members in my family, including the grandfather I lost in 2013.
- My mother was a member of the National First Responder team that responded in the wake of 9/11 in 2001. She left the next morning to fly from Florida to New York City to work the disaster recovery.
The music, and the themes, of Walkin a Wire really struck me in the heart. His latest single, Wild, is about the loss of a close friend. It made me think of my grandparents but I know that today it will remind so many others of the tragedies they faced on 9/11. So much sadness and such a strong reminder to cherish our days. I’m sharing the video for Wild with you below. Please take a moment to watch it and then go hug someone you love.
It’s because of them that we are able to spend another day alive and safe building memories with the ones we hold dear.
Did I say I had a giveaway for you? I lied. There are TWO giveaways for you! YES! First, you can win a copy of Walkin a Wire by Pete Scobell Band. Second, you can win an Orca cooler (valued at $269.99).