Friday, December 29, 2017

Episode 401 (1-1-18): Diving into 2018 with "Driving Rain" by Chamomile and Whiskey

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Transcript of audio, notes on the audio, images, and additional information follow below.

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of January 1, 2018.

MUSIC - ~9 sec

This week, we open 2018 with a Virginia band’s song that shows the versatility of water images in music, poetry, and human emotions.  Have a listen for about 50 seconds.

MUSIC - ~49 sec

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 versatile and powerful source of literary images, from the familiar reality of a rain-streaked window pane, to mythological siren-caused shipwrecks.

With a new year dawning, water images and sayings can help us imagine what that year might bring: Smooth sailing or rough seas?  Easily navigable channels or uncharted passages?  Droughts or deluges of good news and human progress?  A year from now we’ll know what phrases fit 2018.  But we already know that water—literally and figuratively—will be part of the year’s story.

Thanks to Chamomile and Whiskey for permission to use this week’s music, and for a great start to 2018, let’s hear another high-energy, instrumental excerpt from “Driving Rain.”

MUSIC - ~15 sec


For more Virginia water sounds, music, and information, visit us online at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.  Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of Cripple Creek to open and close the show.  In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


This episode is an updated re-do of Episode 194, 12-30-13; that episode has been archived.

“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

Click here if you’d like to hear the full version (1 min./11 sec.) of the “Cripple Creek” arrangement/performance by Stewart Scales that opens and closes this episode.  More information about Mr. Scales and the group New Standard, with which Mr. Scales plays, is available online at


A metaphor for the passage of 2017 into 2018: Passage Creek in Warren County, Va., August 22, 2016.


U.S. Department of State/Doug Thompson, “ShareAmerica/Want to improve your English? Test the waters with these handy phrases,” March 23, 2016, online at

The Free Dictionary by Farlex, “Idioms/Water,” online at

UK Essays, “Sea And Water Imagery English Literature Essay,” November 2013, online at


All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (

Other episodes for a coming New Year are the following:
For 2013Episode 142, 12/31/12: Encore of John McCutcheon’s “Water from Another Time”;
For 2014Episode 195, 1/6/14: Wading into the New Year, the New River, and Water Thermodynamics;
For 2016Episode 296, 12/28/15: Setting a Course for 2016 with “On a Ship” by Kat Mills.
For 2017Episode 349, 1-2-17: Water for a World of New Years, Featuring “New Year’s Water” by Torrin Hallett.


The episode may help with Virginia 2013 Music SOLs at various grade levels that call for “examining the relationship of music to the other fine arts and other fields of knowledge.”

The episode may also help with the following Virginia 2010 English SOLs:
Reading Theme
8.5, 9.4, 10.4, 11.4 – symbols, imagery, figurative language, and other literary devices.

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at

Following are links to previous Water Radio episodes (various topics) designed especially for certain K-12 grade levels.
Episode 249 (1-19-15) – on freezing and ice, for kindergarten through 3rd grade;
Episode 250 (1-26-15) – on boiling, for kindergarten through 3rd grade;
Episode 255 (3-2-15) – on density, for 5th and 6th grade;
Episode 282 (9-21-15) – on living vs. non-living, for kindergarten;
Episode 309 (3-28-16) – on temperature regulation in animals, for kindergarten through 12th grade;
Episode 332 (9-12-16) – on dissolved gases, especially dissolved oxygen in aquatic habitats, for 5th grade.