Friday, September 02, 2011

road trip music: three ideas

It is a time of year when people tend to think of taking road trips, as one season ends and another begins. By the very nature of their work, musicians spend a lot of time on the road, so there are loads of songs and tunes to do with travel. There are also, of course, songs and tunes that haven’t anything to do with that but which make good traveling companions in and of themselves.

sunrise irish sea copyright kerry dexterI’ve been taking a bit of road trip travel back through time lately, sorting through recordings that had gotten to the back shelves and letting them bring back memories. One of those is Mary Black’s Looking Back. Mary has offered a number of retrospectives in her career, and really, all of them are worth your time. This is one of the early ones, which includes, I think, the first release of one of my favorite of her songs, Soul Sister. Among the other cuts are Summer Sent You, Carolina Rua, Columbus, and Only a Woman’s Heart.

American singer Nell Robinson takes a bit of a different sort of road trip back to her roots in Red level, Alabama. Original songs and classic country intertwine with narratives from family members for On the Brooklyn Road
in a weaving that feels as though you’re walking down an Alabama back road at dusk. Notable cuts include Red Clay Creek, Don’t Light My Fire, Sweet Sunny South, and I Saw the Light. Laurie Lewis and Rob Ickes are among those who support Robinson, whose voice calls to mind that of fellow Alabama native Emmylou Harris.

You might remember the Great American Road Trip, an idea started by Vera Marie Badertscher of A Traveler’s Library For more than a year, she wrote about books and films which inspire travel through the fifty US states, and I chimed in with posts here at Music Road to suggest music to go along with this virtual road trip.

Here’s a look at favorite music posts from those travels Music Road: road trips and road songs

photograph is of sunrise over the Irish Sea, and is copyrighted. thank you for respecting this.

you may also wish to see
Music Road: Mary Black: 25 years 25 songs
Music Road: late summer: two for the road
Music Road: Irish landscape: Davy Spillane's A Place Among the Stones


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Anonymous sarah henry said...

yes, please, road trip with good tunes. bring it on. but not this long weekend. too much traffic.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Casey@Good. Food. Stories. said...

Wish we were taking a lovely American road trip over the holiday weekend! Sadly, I'm sticking close to home, but can pretend I'm on the road with these inspirational ideas. Thanks!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Anjuli said...

Yes road trips with music playing are what it is all about- and I love your great American Road trip tunes which you did along with Vera-- loved the look back :)

3:25 AM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

Road trip music - great idea! I've had Loreena McKennitt in my car CD-player too long - time for a bit of variety. Mary Black it is!

3:44 AM  
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Anonymous Lisa said...

Thanks for the great suggestions. I think it's time for me to take back control of the CD player in our car and choose some music that I like instead of letting the kids have their choices all the time.

11:42 AM  

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