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Weekend Soundtrack

"Cool Water"

John Moe

Michael Raphael

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It's time to listen to your weekend soundtrack. The songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. Our latest story comes from Sara Breeze in Bemidji, Minn. Her soundtrack is "Cool Water" by Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson.


John Moe: Sarah, what makes this your Weekend Soundtrack?

Sara Breeze: Well, you know, I live in the land of 10,000 lakes, and I'm way up in northern Minnesota, and I am surrounded by water. You can't go a mile without being near water or near lakes. This song just comes into my mind sometimes when I'm swimming in my lake. It just reminds me of how precious water is. I'm so fortunate. The same water that I'm drinking is the same water that I'm swimming in is the same water that I'm watering my garden with. It's the same water that's cleaning my sewage. And you know what, we forget I think sometimes how precious water is.

Moe: What do you love most about your lake?

Breeze: I don't know if you've ever been swimming in the stars. Well, there are nights when you're here on the lake, and it has to be completely still. No moon, or just a smiling moon, which means just a sliver of a moon. And I can remember one night I had some gal pals over here and some relatives, and we noticed there were all these lights on the lake, and we couldn't - we said, "What's going on? What's with all these lights?" We went down to the lake, and it was so still that all of the sky was reflected in the lake, and there was nothing but stars on the lake. And, I have to tell you, we went skinny dipping. And you know, I'm lumpy and I'm bumpy and I'm older and I'm - you know, my body is less than perfect. But when I get in that water I'm light. I'm like a little Nastia Liukin. I'm Michael Phelps in the water! I can, you know, just my - the excess fat only makes me more buoyant.

Moe: Sara, do you listen to this song a lot in your house? Or is it only when you're out on the lake that it kind of plays in your mind?

Breeze: It plays in my mind. In my mind I see a big green tree and a river flowing free, waiting up ahead for you and me. And it's waiting up ahead! It's shining right now, waiting for me!

Moe: Right down at the end of the dock.

Breeze: 'Course my son and I will be wearing our suits. He would rather, you know, stick hot needles in his eyes than have me go skinny dipping.

Moe: Sara Breeze from Bemidji, Minn., I'm not going to keep you any longer. I'm going to let you go swimming. Thanks for being with us.

Breeze: Yes, thank you.

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  • By Liz Gray

    From Ann Arbor, MI, 10/05/2008

    Did you answer the question about which CD the Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson version of "Cool Waters" is on? Cannot find it in Internet search. Thanks.

    By Susan Stone


    Hi -- do you have a CD title for "Cool Water?" Love the song but can't find the CD (I don't have an ipod). Thanks! Susan

    By Kylene Olson

    From Watson, MN, 09/27/2008

    I was one of the 14 or so gal pals skinny dipping in the stars that night with Sara Breeze. It was so magical, made you realize an intimacy with the universe, one of those special moments in this life journey that I hope everyone gets to experience. Thanks Sara! Kylene

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