by Amy Bugno / through Mixwit.com
The month of Thanskgiv- er, November -includes a healthy amount of change, time off, food and therefore travel. In this month’s edition of her montly mixtape, In the Pursuit of the Trivial‘s Amy Bugno gives us a healthy dosage of geographical g-clef (stretching it for a alliteration? Maybe, but just check out the tape…)
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James Taylor – Carolina in my Mind
Obviously, this is on my list of favorite songs about places. I keep it in my car to play every time I re-enter the eden that we call Chapel Hill. It also brings back fond memories of the quad, the pit, Tar Heel basketball, – you name it. It’s a perfect soundtrack to a walk through campus and it brings a smile to my face even on the darkest of days. “I hope they say nice things about me when I’m gone…”
Toto – Africa
It really sounds like rain! I always thought that was cool as a child (and still do now, actually). I haven’t been to Africa but I reckon I’d like to hear this as I helicopter into a remote location amongst miles of jungle.
Charlie Daniels Band – Devil Went Down to Georgia
I always wished I was good enough to play this interludes on violin + I hope to live in Atlanta one day = I love this song.
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York
Arguably this is the first song you’d think of when asked to make a list of songs about places. Sinatra is always classy (even if New York may not be) and this classic is sure to put you in the mood for a big dream and night out in the city.
The Beach Boys – Kokomo
I could go for a tropical drink melting in my hand right about now…
The Mamas and The Papas – California Dreamin’
I studied this song in that music class I took at Carolina (mentioned in last month’s mix). Incredibly influential group; incredibly awesome song.
Counting Crows – Omaha
This is the only relatively new song on this mix. Coincidence? Probably not. However I’m a huge fan of this song and intrigued to visit the city of Omaha. It is the home of Rosenblatt Stadium after all. Can you say road-trip come May??
Billy Joel – Allentown
PA pride right here, folks. My brother lives there too!
Neil Diamond – America
The definition of the American Dream. You don’t really get any more patriotic than this. (OK, maybe that “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” song by Toby Keith, but who likes country? Not me…)
The Beatles- Back in the USSR
Not my favorite Beatles song by any means, but still makes me tap my toes.
The Clash – London Calling
(By now you’ve probably realized that I really like The Clash, and try to find a way to include them on most mixtapes…)
Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia
More PA pride. This song might be my favorite thing about Philadelphia – besides the cheese steaks from Pat’s of course.