I am an impressionable reader. There, I said it. And I know that I’m not alone. For example, I know people who have tried the kind of Scotch or port that their fictional heroes drink. I might just take it a little bit further though. In the past, great fiction has inspired me to read poetry (Shiver introduced me to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke), t0 purchase a horse (The Black Stallion by Walter Farley), and to travel to Australia to ride a horse through the Snowy Mountains (The Man from Snowy River, both the film and poem by A. B. “Banjo” Patterson).
Knowing I’m like this, I shouldn’t have been surprised about what happened when I recently enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading a western-themed, romancey-type book (and I’m not admitting to anyone, not even my BFF, what the book was called). But, there were cowboys. And I swooned. And then started listening to country music again (for the first time in a decade). I’m actually listening to a song by John Rich (of Big & Rich) right now... and later Garth and Lady Antebellum may make appearances.
So, addicted to country music now—check. But I wondered if my clearly impressionable nature would stop with the music. And... not so much. On Saturday, I went to a rodeo event with a friend of mine. That’s right, my first rodeo. And I loved it. The horses and bulls. Barrel racing. And—and you knew this was coming—cowboys. Eight seconds. Seriously amazing and exciting, and I can’t wait to see my next rodeo. I’ve actually considered turning on my TV (which I don’t do very often) to see if there are any televised rodeo events in the near future.
I see being impressionable (regarding healthy things, of course) as being open to new adventures. And the rodeo was certainly an adventure, though I would guess my friend and I were the only people there who dined at a schmancy vegan restaurant right before attending a rodeo. But well, eclectic is a word I like.
I’d love to know if any blog readers have gone on fiction-related adventures or developed music addictions because of beloved stories. Off to listen to more country...
Quote for the Day from Wild West Show by Big & Rich
Will finally end this.
There won't be a witness if we both fall.
There's never a hero,
In a battle of egos.
There's never a winner of the quick draw.
Hey yaw, Hey yaw!”