you can’t buy cool.

September 13, 2012

i have a confession.

i have a thing for kid rock.

there. i said it. that’s right. kid rock.

he’s real. he’s a badass. he’s america. he’s cool beyond cool.

maybe it’s the fringe. maybe it’s the irreverence. the country meets rock meets rap. the boots. the hats.

the philanthropy. the patriotism.

there’s just certain people in this world that are born with coolness in their soul. it’s part of who they are. it’s authentic. it’s completely NOT contrived. they’re born that way…(i.e. kid rock, james dean, my cousin mark)

his lyrics are raw and soulful. his voice is gravelly and intense. and his music is the kind that gets all up inside of you…it’s inspiring and uplifting. it makes you want to shout USA and AMEN at the same time.

and it is, undoubtedly, some of the finest roadtripping music you’ll ever listen to.

i own this on vinyl…but it is a windows-rolled-down-hand-hanging-in-the-wind roadtrip must.

{if you don't own this, buy it now. you'll thank me later.}


and the video…

well, it’s just flat out awesomeness.

“free, like a river raging,

strong, as the wind i’m facing.

chasing dreams and racing fathered time.

deep like the grandest canyon,

wild like an untamed stallion.

if you can’t see my heart you must be blind.”

{wild, like an untamed stallion...}

his song, care, performed with angaleena presley and T.I. …is another of my favorites…

in times like these…when the most unthinkable things are happening in our world…his lyrics are all the more powerful…

his lyrics, sung with his raw, gritty, untamed voice…is the kind you FEEL inside your bones. he’s passionate. he’s hard core. he’s a troubadour on a mission.

“cuz’ i can’t stop the war,

shelter homeless, feed the poor.

can’t walk on water; i can’t save your sons and daughters.

i can’t change the world and make things fair…

the least that i can do…is Care.”

praying for our world…praying for america…praying for all the men and women, sons and daughters….

signing off from gypsyville…with my all-time favorite kid rock quote…

“you can’t buy cool.”

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  • Reply Robin September 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Kid Rock is at the top of my playlist for all the same reasons and a million more! Saw him last summer in Dallas with Sheryl Crow ~ another icon of all things good! My adult kids gave me tickets for Mothers Day with instructions to “have so much fun I would embarrass them”. Mission accomplished! 😉

  • Reply Krista Lou September 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    you so have me typing Kid Rock into itunes at this moment!!!

  • Reply Stephanie September 14, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Love Born Free too! Great way to start my Friday!

  • Reply Tony from Rockwall September 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Wow – pretty cool. Was showing my girls my old elementary school yearbooks (since they are going to Dobbs now) and I pointed out a little girl named Jolie Sikes and told them she was my first crush. So -just for kicks I googled you and I’ll be darned if you’re not the same little girl that sat next to me in Mrs Gorney’s class. So glad to see you’re doing great! Just wanted to say hi!

    • Reply Jolie September 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      tonyyyyyy!!!! oh my gosh…this is hilarious!!! crazy little world, huh?! sounds like you are doing well….up in the big city! tell rockwall and nash street hi for us!XOXOXOX!

  • Reply Cheryll September 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    What a great way to start my Friday
    Thank you –
    in love and light

  • Reply Linda September 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Hey Jolie, way cool that you blogged about Kid Rock! I’m a big fan of his, as well. Yes, his voice is sexy and he is just “cool”!! My fave Kid Rock songs are “Blue Jeans and a Rosary”, and “All Summer Long”. Rock on Junk Gypsys!!

  • Reply Kim September 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Kid Rock ROCKS!!! I highly recommend seeing him in concert; I can’t wait for his rumored new cd to come out and hope he tours again next year!!!

  • Reply Leslie September 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Love Kid Rock! His music just reasonates and some of his older stuff is great to listen to if you are not in such a great mood. Love all his CD’s in my collection. Kid Rocks’ in the house!

  • Reply Julie September 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I love “bob ” ( as I like t o call him). I have such a crush!!!!! Love his music, his look, everything about him!! ( except that time he did with Pam Anderson, but hey ww all make mistakes ). I saw him in az and I have to say it was the best show ever!!!! I would see him again and again!!!!!!

  • Reply Renn September 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I have always loved Kid Rock!! I have seen him once in concert and I will never forget and can’t wait to see him again!! Love this blog! That cd stays in my cd player in my truck!!!!!

  • Reply Ruth September 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I agree 100%

  • Reply Karen September 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    He is the best!! Love him!

  • Reply Jody MacDonald September 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Hi~ I met Kid Rock in Malibu, Calif. He is so much taller than you’d think & his eyes are a gorgeous clear blue ocean…Yes, He’s so down to earth & likes to be called BOB! He just wants to be a normal guy next door named BOB! That happens to sing…

  • Reply Amy Judd September 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for sharing today! You have seemed to crystalize my thoughts and my heartbreak of the last week. Thank you for caring! I love ya’ll!

  • Reply Emily September 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    The best part is he’s from Michigan!!!! 🙂

    • Reply Sheila September 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Hell Yes, Emily! Isn’t Michigan the best?

  • Reply Michelle Kline September 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m so glad this is the first thing I was able to read this morning while sipping on my tea. It made me want to screeam USA & AMEN all at the same time! Today’s gonna be a good day! Thanks y’all!

  • Reply Cathy Sue Troublemaker Sylvester September 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My husband got me listening to him a few years ago. We have all his stuff and his music suits our souls just fine.. We are THE WILD ONES!! My Husband , Me , And our Grandson CJ.. Are a free Spirits and hard to handle.. It all fits togeather quite fine <3

  • Reply Cindy September 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m in!!! Love that song and Bob is pretty darn cool! Thanks for reminding me. Heading over to iTunes this minute!!

  • Reply Jennifer September 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love y’all anymore!!!!! I love kid rock & all of music. You said it perfect. He rocks & so do the Junk Gypsy’s!

  • Reply Shirley September 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Love kid rock the man I married looked like kid rock 27yrs ago he’s still the love of my life and he’s still American bad ass

  • Reply Sheila September 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I knew there were lots of reasons why I liked you! I LOVE Kid Rock! I live about a half hour away from him in Michigan…and someday I’m gonna just run into him somewhere, I know it! I love everything he stands for. America, Patriotism, Michigan, and Detroit. I see his concerts whenever he plays in Detroit, and the last one I saw was a fundraiser with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Let me tell you…Kid Rock playing with the orchestra was mind blowing! He raised over a million dollars for them.
    Whenever I see Born Free, it makes me cry. If there is anything I love as much as Bobby, it’s Michigan. Can’t think of anyplace more beautiful. I have a 7 disc CD player in my truck. 5 of the 7 discs are Kid Rock. I am glad that you love our long haired, red neck, rock n roll son of Detroit!

  • Reply swoosie September 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Well, you can’t buy cool, but that leather seating in the convertable is really something, isn’t it?

    • Reply Sheila September 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Swoosie: I saw that car in person this spring at Autorama. It is a work of art!

  • Reply Artistickitty September 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Yesssssss….♥Kid Rock♥….swoon-worthy in EVERY way. And that particular CD is my favorite everrrrrrrrr!

  • Reply Rene' Foust September 19, 2012 at 7:27 am

    One of the best things I ever did was see him in concert!!!! It was amazing!!!! I love his raw, in your face persona!!! I just love Kid Rock

  • Reply Lori September 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Let us not forget, I Want to Be a Cowboy, Baby. Sigh. Gives me shivers.

  • Reply Deb September 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    *lipsmaking* I LOVE Kid Rock !! I think he’s hottie !!! Yummy!

  • Reply Adrienne Austin @ Midwestern Belle October 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I saw Kid Rock when he came through Kansas City about a year ago…amazing concert! You can tell he really puts his heart and soul into his music. I’d see him again anytime.

  • Reply Staci October 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I remember seeing him in WA State in the summer of ’97 when he was just starting out. He sounded very corporate rock. He was not at all “cool” or “badass” as he’s considered now. He’s come a long way, baby!

  • Reply Joanna October 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Ok….I have a thing for Kid Rock, too….I always said that I would love to be sittin’ around a campfire with Kid Rock, Ron Howard, Maya Angelou, Hank Williams Jr., Penny Marshall, the late Paul Newman…and just see where the conversation would lead us…

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