So I finally got the nerve to sit down and read Lars Anderson's Sports Illustrated story about Tuscaloosa. And it was every bit as powerful and painful as folks have been saying. And I got to thinking a bit about Tuscaloosa and what it means to me. I stumbled into the town a very confused 17-year-old back in 1986 and didn't really figure out that much in the year I spent there. But the place left a definite mark on my life and I can look back now and realize exactly how much my world changed - for both better and for worse - from my time there.
And that's the reason why what happened last month has really affected me. I've seen the aftermath of a number of disasters, including one or two that were worse than the T-town tornado. But the first time in my life it's a disaster in a place that has real importance to me personally. And reading that story I found I wanted to think more about that connection and the reason it is so special to me.
Like many people, I find music often provides a direct route to such feelings. The song "Beatle Boots" by Love Tractor was one I played every show I DJed at WVUA while I was at The Capstone. For me it's everything I love about Tuscaloosa wrapped up into one delightful jangly bundle to enjoy over and over. Every time I listen to it I can feel that wonderful excited optimism about the world I felt all those years ago.
So, I ask you, what song embodies your feelings about Tuscaloosa and why?