A geographical playlist to kick off your Summer travel season.
"If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music." – Billie Holiday
Now that we have passed Memorial Day Weekend, welcome to the unofficial start of Summer here in the United States. One of the most common things for people to do during the summer here in the contiguous states (that's the lower 48 states for those not familiar with U.S. geography) is to go on a road trip. Regardless of income level, ethnicity, etc., the Summer road trip is, for many, an essential part of the season.
Ian Hunter, 1975. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Sony/BMG.
One of the big misnomers to people not from the U.S. is that somehow, we are all of one culture. The massive geographic size of the lower 48 alone causes a split in customs based upon that geography. The U.S. is at least 6 different cultures, and 10 is probably a better reflection of the diversity of the population. Growing up in Los Angeles, you didn't feel this as much as you do in other parts of the country, like in Oregon, where I have lived for the last 19 years: Summertime is the best time of the year, with longer days of sunlight and just a few days in triple digits statistically.
This particular program is dedicated to one of my former supervisors at Goodwill E-Commerce, Lauren Santora, and her man, Ronald, as they piled into a vehicle and decided to travel the country. All who wander are not lost. Each of the songs in this show deal with a different part of the lower 48.
Our tracks this week, presented in a continuous sequence: Title, Artist
1. Cleveland Rocks, Ian Hunter
2. Arizona, Mark Lindsay
3. Oregon Trail, Pete Seeger
4. St. Louis Blues, Billie Holiday with Benny Carter
5. What New York Used to Be, The Kills
6. California Love, 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
7. Indiana Wants Me, R. Dean Taylor
8. Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight and the Pips
9. You Wild Colorado (mono), Johnny Cash
10. The Boston Rag, Steely Dan
11. Florida Hurricane, St. Louis Jimmy
12. The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat), The Doors
13. Saginaw, Michigan, Lefty Frizzell
14. The Night Chicago Died, Paper Lace
15. Allentown, Billy Joel
16. The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, Weird Al Yankovic
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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