I’m actually writing this just before I head out for a weekend trip with some friends to Deep Creek Lake, over in the western side of the state of Maryland. The side of the state where I live is mostly flatland, but has plenty of water around it, whereas this other side of the state has mountains and its only ski resort, Wisp.
It was that thought about the resort and the town where we are going that made me think of this song as the Smooth Jazz Sunday pick. Far as I’m concerned, you can’t really go wrong with the Rippingtons, no matter what. “Aspen” is featured on the group’s fifth album Curves Ahead, the cover of which shows the band’s jazz cat mascot skiiing down a mountainside. This album may have been the first Rippingtons album I heard; it certainly ranks up there with my favorites by them.
By the time many of you read this, I’ll be getting ready to head back to the eastern shore of the state. I’m sure I’ll have had another great weekend away from home, with people I enjoy hanging with. A song like today’s often reminds me of those good times.
I hope you enjoy today’s Smooth Jazz Sunday pick, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.
P.S. for my musical “Twin”, Lady G from the Seekthebestblog, that IS Jeff Kashiwa on the sax on this one.