Friday, December 20, 2013

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

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TRANSCRIPT

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.


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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.”


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For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, 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.


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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 http://www.chamomileandwhiskey.com/, and information about Charlottesville-based County Wide Records is available online at http://countywidemusic.worldsecuresystems.com/.


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Episode 193 (12-23-13): A Year of Virginia Water Sounds - 2013 Edition

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TRANSCRIPT


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 23, 2013.
This week, we look back on 2013 with a medley of mystery sounds.  Have a listen for about 70 seconds, and see if you can identify these sounds from the past year of Virginia Water Radio.


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If you guessed all these, you’re a genius!  The sounds were pebbles on pond ice; the Virginia Senate committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; a weather-balloon launch; a Chesapeake Bay Dial-a-Buoy recording; children observing Kids to Parks Day; a Virginia Rail; an electrofishing demonstration; a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, also called a “rain crow”; a thunderstorm along the New River Trail; a member of the Virginia Tech team researching the large salamanders known as Hellbenders; a skit on photosynthesis; and finally a tea kettle, representing the water-cycle process of evaporation.  I hope that your upcoming year is full of water-related sounds and many good things.  Thanks to the Lang Elliott for permission to use the Virginia Rail sound, and to several friends and colleagues for lending their voices to various episodes.


For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, 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.

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Confluence of  Chestnut Creek with the New River in Carroll County, Va., December 7, 2013.


Acknowledgments: The sounds of the Virginia Rail was taken from the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs-Eastern Region CD set, by Lang Elliott with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner Audio Books, copyright 1997), used with permission of Lang Elliott, whose work is available online at http://www.langelliott.com/ and the “Music of Nature” Web site, http://www.musicofnature.org/.

For more information on the sounds heard in this medley (including acknowledgments to people involved), please listen to the audio or see the show notes for the following episodes (all are hyperlinked to the respective episode):

Pond ice – Episode 144, 1-14-13;
Virginia Senate committee –
Episode 147, 2-4-13;
Weather balloon  –
Episode 152, 3-11-13;
Chesapeake Bay Dial-a-Buoy –
Episode 159, 4-22-13;
Virginia State Parks and Kids to Parks Day –
Episode 161, 5-13-13;
Virginia Rail –
Episode 165, 6-10-13;
Electrofishing and other fish sampling –
Episode 172, 7-29-13;
Rain crow –
Episode 174, 8-12-13;
Rain and other sounds on the New River Trail –
Episode 179, 9-16-13;
Hellbenders –
Episode 185, 10-28-13;|
Photosynthesis –
Episode 186, 11-4-13;
Water Cycle –
Episode 191, 12-9-13.

For the 2012 Virginia Water Radio “Year of Sounds” episode, please see Episode 141, week of 12-17-12.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Episode 192 (12-16-13): Rain, Romance, and the Rockfish River in "Blue Ridge Girl" by Chamomile and Whiskey

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TRANSCRIPT

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of December 16, 2013.

This week, we feature a Virginia band’s song about land, water, music, dance, and romance along one of the Old Dominion’s most famous geographic features.  Have a listen for about 50 seconds.

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You’ve been listening to part of “Blue Ridge Girl,” by the band Chamomile and Whiskey, on the 2013 album “Wandering Boots,” from County Wide Records.  The band formed in Nelson County’s section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the dominant geographic influence on that historic and scenic Virginia county.  The Blue Ridge is also the place of origin for the Rockfish River, a James River tributary mentioned in the song.  And another phrase in the song—“the scarred mountain-side”—brings to mind the devastating and lingering effects of a different kind of Blue Ridge “girl”: Hurricane Camille.  On August 19, 1969, that storm’s remnants became concentrated along the Blue Ridge in Nelson, producing an official total of 27 inches of rain in the Rockfish River basin and the county’s adjacent Tye River basin.  The resulting flash floods caused over 100 deaths and left behind eroded slopes, altered channels, and debris that remain decades later.  Shaped by that tragic event and by eons of other natural events, Nelson County’s Blue Ridge lands and waters continue today as a foundation for life, livelihoods, and music lyrics.  Thanks to Chamomile and Whiskey for permission to use this week’s music.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, 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.


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A July 2009 view of the Rockfish River's confluence with the James River (background), where the Virginia counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, and Nelson converge.
An undated winter-time view of the Rockfish River in Nelson County.  Photo courtesy of Michael W. Lachance.

Acknowledgments and Sources: “Blue Ridge Girl” and Wandering Boots” 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 http://www.chamomileandwhiskey.com/, and information about Charlottesville-based County Wide Records is available online at http://countywidemusic.worldsecuresystems.com/.

Information on the Rockfish River and the impacts of Hurricane Camille in 1969 was taken from Unprecedented rain: Hurricane Camille’s deadly flood in the Blue Ridge mountains, “Capital Weather Gang” column, Washington Post, 8/19/13 (this source discusses of the weather phenomena causing the abnormally heavy rainfall in Nelson county); the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ “Encyclopedia  Virginia,” online at http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Hurricane_Camille_August_1969; and from “Assessment of the Rockfish River in Nelson County, Virginia,” by Robert Hopper and Julie Still, Virginia Water Resources Research Center/STEP Program, October 18, 2004 (for access to this report, please contact Alan Raflo at 540-231-5463 or araflo@vt.edu.)


Additional information on Nelson County was taken from the county government’s Web site, http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov
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A look back at the August 1969 Nelson County flood--with several photos of the immediate aftermath--is available in a 9/21/06 article by The [Charlottesville] Hook, online at
http://www.readthehook.com/79908/cover-flooded-memories-nelson-county-37-years-after-camille.



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