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.
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.”
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.”