Okay, so before you do anything check back into my post from last Friday. It will give you the insight to this stream which is all about favorite road tunes. What we\’re doing is sharing our road tunes selections, and I began with counting my #20-#16 last Friday and this week continue with my next five.
Just in time for the weekend, here they are:
American IV: the Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
I\’ve never been as passionate about Cash as I have been after hearing the American series. I\’m drawn to the roughness of Cash\’s aging voice in this CD and particularly the two tracks, Hurt, and The Man Comes Around – the first a rendition of the Nine Inch Nail’s classic, and the latter Cash’s interpretation of the Book of Revelations.
The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere – Utah Phillips and Ani Difranco
Satirical and intelligent, from a man whose mind was wounded in the Korean War and ended up on skid-row back in America, awesome music and reflective words, for real thinking and laughing out loud, when heading down the highway. This one, produced by and punctuated with the music of the original righteous babe, Ani Difranco, make for a brilliant collaboration.
DeStijl – The White Stripes
You don’t have to be a thinker to love this music . . . come to think of it, White Stripes is best for the days you don’t want to think at all . . . horse in the trailer, a few precious dog days of summer, a long stretch of gravel road and this CD mix well. I particularly like DeStijl, it has a raw quality to it that was somewhat compromised later, when the band was signed by a major record company.
A Love Song for Bobby Long Soundtrack – Various
From the opening scene of Bobby stepping out from the warm, protective graciousness of a smoky corner bar, into the unforgiving light, this movie and the music in it resonated with me. Set against a beautiful backdrop of New Orleans decay, with a collection of broken people I could completely relate to, the movie and soundtrack are a work of art, and from blues to rock, this collective fits any highway trip.
1,000 Kisses – Patti Griffin
It\’s that voice. Soft, melodic, lonely; Griffin is a songbird. From Springsteen’s brilliant, dark, prairiesque Nebraska album, I especially love her bold rendition of Stolen Car.
That’s what I have for you in music this week, check back next Friday for five more and don\’t forget to enter our great giveaway. Just mention your one or a few of your favorite road tunes CD\’s in the Comments section below and you\’ll automatically be entered to win one of three Ian Tyson, Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories CD\’s we have to give away.
Contest ends June 30.