Alabama Pines

Well, guys, I’ve held out as long as I can without geeking out on Jason Isbell. Prepare for the diatribe that could possibly spew forth from here on out. Jason Isbell is the real damn deal and while he’s earned his reputation as one of the most talented and lauded musicians currently alive, he’s secured his bar stool at the alcohol recovery table as well. Jason has been very public about his struggle with alcohol and very public about his recovery, consequently. We have that in common. I am known to say that I was a very public drunk so it should be no surprise to anyone that I’m very public about my sobriety. My husband was less than thrilled with both, but as the case in most marriages he gets on board when he realizes that resistance is futile it is happening, regardless.

This is an older song and still one of my all time favorites, but the most startling thing to me while re-watching this video was the mind-blowing physical transformation of Jason before and after he quit drinking. Now, I love the man and would gladly watch him mow his lawn in a pair of overalls anytime, but just for shits and giggles you should glance at another video, say “Traveling Alone” AND JUST LOOK AT HIM. Everyone knows that alcohol impacts us physically but it’s super hard to ignore in a before-and-after video comparison. My transformation was every bit as dramatic and I’ll cover that more in the new year, I promise.

I can’t get to sleep at night. The parking lot’s so loud and bright.
The A.C. hasn’t worked in twenty years.
Probably never made a single person cold,
but I can’t say the same for me. I’ve done it many times.

I hear he’s every bit a kick-ass dude as he is a musician and that’s saying something. I want to thank Jason Isbell for lighting the way for the rest of us following him on this path. Coincidentally, his sobriety date is also my birthday. One day we’re going to celebrate together. Probably after they lift the restraining order.

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