Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Winners & Wind Stories

Posted February 10, 2010

Thank you for sharing many great stories on the Oldest Thing in Your Closet blog. My favorites included the red vest, the blue fuzzy and the 118 year old dress. However, since I need to pick a winner I am going with the following from rucontento2:

"The oldest thing in my closet is a pair of plaid, seersucker, elephant bells (bell bottom pants with a very wide leg!) that I bought at the underground in Cameron Village in the early 70's. The waist is really small now - by about 8 inches. But the fabric has colors that I like... I would like to part with them - but I keep thinking that one day I could wear them to Walmart and someone would snap my picture."

If rucontento2 will email me at with name and address information I will send the winner a signed copy of my book Blue Ridge Reunion.

For today’s topic I would like to discuss the weather. What is your all-time best story about the power of wind? Maybe you were buffeted on a swinging bridge or lost your kite in a ferocious gust or were knocked down during a hurricane. Please share your windy tales.

One other question: what’s your favorite song about the wind? My favorite is The Last Leaf by the Cascades. Also, I wrote a wind song for Bragh Adair called Mitchell’s Lament.   It’s a pretty haunting melody.


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • carolina buckeye Feb 11, 2010

    One of my favorite "wind" songs is called Verlaine sung by Charles Trenet. The words are from the poem 'Chansons d'automne' by Paul Verlaine. The final stanza says "Et je m'en vais/Au vent mauvais/Qui m'emporte/Deçà, delà,/Pareil à la
    Feuille morte." Which loosely translated means I go where the wind takes me, here and there, like a fallen leaf. It's a nice song from the WW II era.

  • NCCaniac Feb 11, 2010

    missparrothead - Yes, Dust in the Wind is a Kansas song, written by their legendary guitarist, Kerry Livgren, I believe.

    Kerry suffered a sudden and unexpected stroke late last year, but is making a good recovery. He is mobile again and can talk, although it is unclear yet if he will recover enough to be able to play the guitar as he once did. What a difficult trial that must be for a gifted musician!

  • missparrothead Feb 11, 2010

    "Dust in the Wind" that by the Group Kansas?

  • Skinner Feb 10, 2010

    Voices On The Wind by Little Feat - Let It Roll CD

  • bleslie Feb 10, 2010

    LMRA - Thanks for mentioning "Sailing," another one of my favorite CC songs!

  • LMRA Feb 10, 2010

    Darn - wrong Christopher Cross song (although Sailing has a lot of references to the wind too!)

  • PAINFREE Feb 10, 2010

    I grew up in Oxford, and in the 'fifties Mr. Bannister, the Baptist pastor, came to the high school to give a devotional. He was praying and being thankful for the gentle breeze and the rain, when all of a sudden a big wind blew all the doors shut with a loud bang, windows broke, trees were toppled. We all laughed about it later and said you had better be careful what you asked Mr. Bannister to pray for!!

  • NCCaniac Feb 10, 2010

    No problem.

    (Hoping I get home today to find all the trees in my yard are still standing.)

  • bleslie Feb 10, 2010

    Yes, Ride Like the Wind - that's it. Thanks!

  • NCCaniac Feb 10, 2010

    Bill, I think the Christopher Cross song you are thinking of is "Ride Like the Wind".




Meet the Author
Bill Leslie