Just as James Taylor sings about going to “Carolina In My Mind”, I now find myself blogging in a similar state of mind. The differences beyond the fact that J.T. is famous and I am not? Well… the state I’m longing for is California AND I’ll be blogging my words, not playing musical notes, to tell you just how homesick I am for the Golden State… but wait a moment…
Maybe it is possible to set my blog to music. After all… I did train to be a DJ. Folks, we’ll get those tunes spinning… after this brief message…
Here’s the backstory to my homesickness. It’s been ten+ years since I last set foot in La La Land to attend a family reunion for two… yes… essentially… my sister and I represent our entire family census… not counting distant relatives (who I could walk right past on any city street on any given day… and never know it).
By now I can hear you ask, “Ten+ years? Why wait any longer? Why not simply book a flight, pack up your bags and board the next westward bound jet?” Long sigh…
Well… since my last trip to the Left Coast… so much has happened… and not all those events would get entered into the plus column of my Life’s Ledger. To CliffsNotes it… there’s been a reversal of my good fortune… both money-wise and otherwise.
Naturally, I am thankful for reasonably good health, the roof over my head and the bare essential furnishings, devices and supplies under that roof… but… nonetheless… another long sigh… I do miss California. And I don’t feel it odd for this lifelong Michiganian to consider the greater Los Angeles area to be my home away from home.
Now… I do have one regret re my past visits… that I had only done my en route sightseeing from my widow seat at an altitude of 38,000 feet… instead of through my car’s windshield while traveling America’s highways and byways. But… what’s done is done.
And so… I’ll just have to settle for going to California in my mind ~ To be sure, no trip would be complete without first producing a “mix tape” featuring great road songs. To that end… I recently produced two C-90 cassettes to enhance my imaginary western journey… and at this time… there’s also a third project in the works (Volume 3 to feature a more hard driving rock genre).
As for this blog… I’ll be sharing my Volume 1 soundscape with you. Whether or not a similar posting for Volume 2 and 3 will occur is highly dependent on the number of hits and comments this blog receives.
A brief heads up… since this music is all courtesy of YouTube… from time to time there are bound to be interruptions of musical service.
For starters… these videos do frequently get deleted due to artist objections / copyright issues. Lastly… there are all of those commercials, which YouTubers tack on. But… what the H… “To dance to the music we must pay the piper”… right?
BESIDES… would not these gaps also enhance the realism of the road trip? Imagine this as if your car radio has temporarily lost a drifting, low wattage AM signal… something easily remedied by switching stations… i.e., clicking onto the next link. Also consider each commercial interruption as being akin to what we hear on AM top-40 formatted stations… as we all know… they’re oft forced to overbook advertisers… simply to pay for the electricity to stay on the air.
On a more positive note… since some of these YouTube videographers have poured a vast ocean’s worth of their talent into the visual aspects of their productions… it’s easy to trip out while viewing these scenes… thus making our going to Carolina OR California in our minds all the better… OR for that matter, anywhere else our l’il ol’ hearts may desire.
Replicated below is my liner notes printout, which I cut out and inserted into my “Volume 1” cassette’s case.
Well, that about covers the preliminaries… Without any further ado… everyone pack your bags, lock up your home sweet homes, kick the tires, adjust your rear view mirrors and car seats, buckle up, turn the key in your ignitions, get ‘er in gear and KICK OUT THE JAMS!!! We’ll soon find out if the Moody Blues gents got it right… that “Thinking is the best way to travel.”
To now paraphrase a Lennon/McCartney sentiment… let’s listen to the music playing in my head… and… hopefully… in yours, too!
Hit The Road Tracks – Volume 1
SIDE A: 02/29/16 ~ DOLBY B ~ 46:30
01 2:51 Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
02 2:42 Vanity Fair – Hitchin’ A Ride
03 4:27 Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee
04 4:13 Judy Collins – City Of New Orleans
05 2:41 Boz Scaggs – Waiting For A Train
06 3:16 Norah Jones – The Long Way Home
07 2:26 Roger Miller – King Of The Road
08 3:00 Natalie Cole – Route 66
09 1:09 Nelson Riddle – Route 66 TV Theme
10 2:11 Ray Charles – California Here I Come
11 4:15 James Newton Howard / Kenny G. – Driving North
12 3:56 Roy Orbison – California Blue
13 3:36 Led Zeppelin – Going To California
14 2:11 James Newton Howard – San Francisco
15 2:58 Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
16 1:09 Nelson Riddle – Route 66 (Reprise)
SIDE B: 02/29/16 ~ DOLBY B ~ 46:30
17 5:38 Refreshments – Interstate
18 4:23 Eagles – Ol’ 55
19 3:42 Bob Seger – Wait For Me
20 2:59 Lobo – Me And You And A Dog Named Boo
21 3:46 Gordon Lightfoot – Me & Bobby McGee
22 4:06 America – A Horse With No Name
23 3:28 James Taylor – Country Road (Single Mix)
24 3:35 Simon & Garfunkel – America
25 2:44 Lovin’ Spoonful – Never Going Back
26 4:33 Arlo Guthrie – City Of New Orleans
27 4:17 Neil Diamond – America
28 3:36 Ray Charles – America The Beautiful