Peel Back The Layers

I am listening to Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss singing Whiskey Lullaby and thinking about the moments in life that shape and mold us into who we become.

That song just hits me on so many different levels. Sometimes when I am writing I use it as a tool to take me to places I’d rather not visit and stir up the ashes so that I can hit the deeper levels.

It is about layers to me, peeling them back and showing someone and something that is not wooden and two dimensional. When I write I want to paint a picture with my words and know that the readers see what I see or something close to it.


I took my son to the LA Auto Show yesterday and had a fabulous time. We wandered among the cars and got lost in the fantasy. I showed him some of my “old” cars and talked a bit about what they used to look like.

Got behind the wheel of the 2013 Camaro and remembered my ’77. It looked different and probably drove differently than the new one, but I loved it. Loved this one too.

Wish I could have started it up and rolled on out of there. Stared at the Aston Martin that James Bond drove too, and got lost in memories, thoughts and ideas.

That show was just begging for someone to spend real time there digging up the stories of the people and places that were there. I could hear the whispers of the past and the echoes of the future.


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  1. Joe December 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Had an 84 Firebird way back when, I just loved that car. Camaro is a nice vehicle as well, that seemed a little more popular back in the day. I like the new models – great body style.

  2. Sarah Park December 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    It is really nice to talk about what we to do and have. And it is more special if we are sharing these experience with our kids.

  3. Jamie December 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Well, when I met my husband he was driving a late ’70s Firebird. As much as I joked about that car, now I so wish we had it. He sold it to a guy who had a service station. I bet it is still running if he gave it some TLC.

    • Jack December 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Hi Jamie,

      Those Firebirds were fun. Some of my friends drove them, got a lot of fun memories wrapped up in those cars.

      You are probably right about your husband’s car, they were easy to work on and would run forever.

  4. Gina December 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Songs always bring me someplace or to thoughts of a person. As you know, I’m a layer peeler too. It’s in our blood and that’s good, I think. I’m glad you had a wonderful day hanging with your son.

    • Jack December 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Hi Gina,

      It is in our blood and I am glad to have it. There is something special and magical waiting to be found, just take a bit of doing.

      We had a great time together. It was fun watching his expressions change as we wandered through the halls.

  5. a.eye December 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    What a neat idea! Someone really needs to go to an autoshow and record the stories (or even set up a video booth) of people’s memories with their cars and how they compare to the new versions of the cars!

    Glad you and your child enjoyed it!

  6. Kenya G. Johnson December 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Cool car – your ’77 Camaro.

    I love it when I hear a song and it gives me a peel back the layers kind of moment.

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