Thursday, February 11, 2016

Turntable throwback: Rumor Has It/You Remember Me 45, Reba McEntire

When it comes to country music from the mid '80s and the early '90s, you couldn't get away from Reba. The sheer quantity of new material meant that there was sometimes only months separating albums. 

Released in 1990, Rumor Has It is one of those singles where the b-side is better than the lead, although the past 26 years haven't been the kindest to this particular record.

The only thing worse, though, is that it shows just how good her newer work could've (and should've) been.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Litchfield County find: Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield

There aren't many places I've been to where there's an easy trail that leads to one of the best lookouts in the Litchfield area, but Mount Tom certainly is one.

That's the view a half mile hike and a few stairs to the top of the tower gives you once you've reached the summit. On clear days, you're able to see Massachusetts' Mount Everett and the Catskills, while others have said they're able to see Long Island Sound.

The main attraction, however, is the observation tower at the summit. Originally made of wood around 1888, it eventually was replaced by a 34 foot tall stone tower made from local black gneiss in 1921. 

Once inside the tower, you'll find that it can be a bit claustrophobic especially when visiting with larger groups. Another drawback are the steep set of stairs and small opening at the top of the tower, which could potentially cause issues for those with moore serious mobility issues.

Despite that, however, it's one of the beest places to visit in the area. If you're ever in Litchfield, make sure to spend a few hours here.