As I may have mentioned once or 16 times, I listen to NPR when I run. Oh, I may turn it off to hear the silence, as I did here, but for the part, Morning Edition and its wonderful hosts (excuse me while I swoon again at the thought of David Greene’s voice) are my running companions.
This morning, just as I started running, Steve Inskeep’s interview with Rosanne Cash was beginning. How lucky was I?! I love Rosanne Cash. I read her autobiography two years ago while in Santa Fe — one of those books I couldn’t read fast enough because I wanted to absorb every word, but also didn’t want to end.
The interview, done by the inimitable Steve Inskeep, was wonderful. Both interviewer and interviewee were gracious and giving, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Plus her story of how she happened upon the idea for her new CD, The River & The Thread (what a great name is THAT?!) gave me goosebumps a bit. And…because my dad was a HUGE fan of her father, I felt kind of a link to her.
My first three-quarters of a mile or so flew by. When the interview ended, I felt myself let out a sigh that caught a little in my throat — not, by the way, because my heart was pounding from exertion, and oxygen had become precious.
Listening was more than a distraction from my aerobic task at hand. Instead, I felt it was a bit of a gift. And for that, The Grateful Runner says thank you.