Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Open Road

The dog days of August are a traditional time to hit the road and get away for a while.

The American love affair with the automobile is a well entrenched part of our lives, and has been the subject of song since the days of crank starters. The car and the open road have been celebrated by the moonshiner, the young rebel, the jilted lover, and anyone looking for a little adventure.

The open road, it can be a four-lane interstate or a twisting back road. It’s not the road itself, it’s the journey that makes the difference.

Let’s take a road trip...

Sam McGee - Chevrolet Car.mp3

Doc Watson - Call of the Road.mp3

Kate Campbell - Galaxie 500.mp3
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Cheryl Wheeler - Driving Home.mp3
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Adrienne Young - River and a Dirt Road.mp3
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Anonymous Lucy said...

Great tunes, Ed. As much as I love to travel (guess 'cause I don't get out much, so it's a big deal to me when I do), I always look forward to coming home. Some people strive to always be on the move; I kind of like having the roots of the farm & my critters.

August 09, 2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger Monster Library Student said...

I wrote a bit about a bit of road central to the Detroit area, called Woodward., in the event that you actually are bored enough to read it. :)

One of the best times of my life was road tripping with my brother from Detroit to southern California. We followed most of historic Route 66, and it was on this trip that I felt so connected.

A great read about road trips: John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. One of my favorite books!

August 09, 2007 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Wow! great post, Ed! Thanks for the Kate Campbell and the Adrienne Young. I've never heard them before, and I think you may have sold a couple of CDs. When my grandparents came from Romania, they had nothing. My grandfather got his first job here in Canada bootlegging beer and other booze to the States. Most of his runs were done at this time of year. Customs were more relaxed in those days, and they tended to just wave people through. He said he only ever got searched once, and they got so frustrated with his inability to communicate that they gave up and sent him on his way. He drove an old Chevy loaded with the goods.

August 09, 2007 5:38 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

The coming home part is one of the best parts of a road trip!
I've often been accused of having "itchy feet", and I have lived and enjoyed a gypsy lifestyle for most of my years.
After all, I did live in a bus.

August 09, 2007 7:15 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

M L S,
I enjoyed your reflections on Woodward!

Your road trip along the old Route 66 must have been great. As amny times as I have driven across this continent, I have not taken that route. I’ve always wanted to make that trip, but I understand much of Rte. 66 no longer exists.

We share the admiration of Steinbeck.

August 09, 2007 7:24 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I’m glad you enjoyed the Kate Campbell and Adrienne Young. Their CDs will make great additions to your collection.

So, you are for good old Canadian bootlegging stock, eh? We in the states owe your grandfather a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for keeping us sane and afloat during a horrible period in our history.

The Chevy ‘Six’ was the preferred car of bootleggers

August 09, 2007 7:33 PM  
Anonymous easternoregon said...


I have been reading your blog for about six months now--I enjoy your taste in music and appreciation of what matters in life. I think these last few posts are some of your best work. Along with Civil War era tunes, songs concerning cars and highways are my favorite way to explore America's musical history. And having grown up on a cattle ranch with a large garden, I understand how much better food can be when raised by yourself. Keep up the insightful ramblings and fine music!

August 09, 2007 7:54 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks, so much for your kind words.
I am grateful for the fine folks that hop on the Bus for a ride and especially with the good people who take time to leave a comment. I have ‘met’ some very good people along the way.

August 09, 2007 9:07 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

Dan, I've long held the belief that Ed should get a commission on CDs he's sold. I know I've spent a small fortune on his recommendations. I've been satisfied straight down the line, too....

August 10, 2007 1:51 PM  

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