Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Montana Style part two - rock and roll

I have met a fair share of people that appreciate a different part of Montana style, the get away from it all aspect. I've met people that are not enamored of the chaos of the city, don't need much in the way of fashion or lifestyle amenities. People that have tried the rat race and are fed up with it. People that don't care for new buildings and growth because that encroaches on their away-from-it-all-ness. There are certainly some extreme examples of this personality. Ted Kazinsky and the stereotype of the loner in his cabin who rarely comes to town buying a couple months worth of groceries. I think there is a little bit of away-from-it-all-ness in all Montanans. In the natives anyway.

I think that is where some of my Montana frustrations come from. I like doing city things like finding new restaurants, going to shows, dancing to live bands, art and museums. Sure these things exist here in Montana but not in the quantities I am used to from the city. Part of the problem is the smaller population, but part of it is that these things encroach on the away-from-it-all-ness of Montana style.

I have been frustrated with how generic the music scene around here is. There is a ton of music, just so long as you like classic rock or country. It is easy to start pointing fingers at low populations and demographics but I think there is more to it than that. Montana style again. Self sufficiency. Away-from-it-all-ness. Importing musicians with other styles and tastes is easy enough, but Montana style is about getting away from all the hubub and noise and fashion trends and pop crap. Besides, why should we go to the trouble of bringing some of that hippity-hop music here when the kids down the street have guitars and can do a pretty good job of banging out some old rock and roll songs, it's just as much fun for dancing.

Not following trends. Do it yourself. Avoiding the madness of the world. All part of Montana style.

Montana style sounds a lot like Groundhog Mountain style except up here it's mountain music and bluegrass.
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