Just in case you were wondering how long it takes a piece of mail to reach our troops in Afghanistan, the delivery time seems to be 10 days. That’s how long it took for a copy of “Losering” to get to Brittany Caruso; I sent one her way after she posted a video of a pretty great lip-sync version of “Like Yesterday,” and I’m both surprised and delighted that it reached her in time for Christmas.
Season’s greetings to everyone — near and far, whether over here or over there. Be careful out there, and be good to each other. It’s about all we’ve got left, y’all.
This is the time of year when homesickness might start feeling particularly acute, especially for people on duty overseas. So it is that this fun little video based on Ryan Adams’ Cardinology song “Like Yesterday” turned up on the Ryan Adams Superfan page Wednesday morning. The accompanying note thanked Ryan “for making deployments a little bit more bearable” with his music:
I’m currently on my 2nd tour in Afghanistan and your music still helps me to “feel”…This was a goofy video I made from my first tour..I would request you to play a free show here, but I rather you be safe and continue to make amazing music for us! I cannot wait to see you play live someday when I return to the states.
..One of your many fans,
It’s the sweetest video tribute to Ryan I’ve seen since the “Wish You Were Here” travelogue from back in January. In this one, the gal with the broom is Brittany Caruso, an Air Force Sergeant currently stationed in Afghanistan. I got in touch to ask a little about herself, and here’s what she wrote back:
Brittany Caruso, reporting from Afghanistan.
I’m 25 years old and I’m originally from Napa California. I joined the military when I was 17 and I’ve been exploring and learning about life since then..I’ve been on 3 deployments and am currently serving my second tour in Bagram, Afghanisfan..My home station is Eglin AFB, Flordia..Music is my outlet, and mantra..When I’m not listening to music I am playing it- I’ve been playing drums for a little over 8 years now..Ryan Adams music has greatly inspired after the first album I bought years ago – “Easy Tiger” ..the songs “Rip Off” and “Two” have accompanied through some very challenging times and milestones of my life..With saying that, I would have to say “Easy Tiger” is my favorite album and a footprint of my growth in adulthood.
Ryan really does have some great, great fans out there.