Wednesday, June 23, 2004

FREEWAYS, CARS, AND TRUCKS: The Chicago Tribune has a story (actually it is syndicated from "Tribune Newspapers," much like 75% of the paper on any given day) lamenting the demise of road songs, which includes a list of the top 25 road songs of all time. With its emphasis on songs from the 60s and 70s, such as "Born to Run," "Take It Easy," "America," and my four-year-old son's favorite Tom Waits song, "Ol' 55," the list backs up the main story's central premise: "Fading from popular music is the body of imagery, the poetic conventions that evoke the Mythic American Road."

Anyone heard any good road songs lately? We've got some driving coming up in July and August, and I'd love to put together a good road mix. Of course the perennial favorites will be there, but it'd be fun to get some lost classics or overlooked contemporary songs. And yes, "Windfall," will be track No. 1.

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