Friday, December 20, 2013

Episode 194 (12-30-13): Diving into 2014 with "Driving Rain" by Chamomile and Whiskey

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 30, 2013.

This week, we look toward 2014 with a Virginia band’s song that underscores the versatility of water images in music, poetry, and human emotions.  Have a listen for about 50 seconds.


You’ve been listening to part of “Driving Rain,” by the Nelson County- and Charlottesville-based band Chamomile and Whiskey, on the 2012 album “The Barn Sessions,” from County Wide Records.  Water’s vast and vital connections to human affairs make it a powerful source of literary images, from the familiar reality of a rain-streaked window pane, to mythological siren-caused shipwrecks.  We don’t know what 2014 will bring, but we do know that water—literally and figuratively—will be part of the story. Thanks to Chamomile and Whiskey for permission to use this week’s music, and for a great start to 2014, let’s hear another high-energy, instrumental excerpt from “Driving Rain.”


For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

[All Internet addresses mentioned were functional as of 12/20/13]

And another water metaphor: In the spirit of our passage into 2014, here are upstream (top) and downstream views of Passage Creek in Warren County, Va., October 2010.

Acknowledgments: “Driving Rain” and “The Barn Sessions” are copyright by Chamomile and Whiskey and by County Wide Records, used with permission of Chamomile and Whiskey.  More information about Chamomile and Whiskey is available online at, and information about Charlottesville-based County Wide Records is available online at

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