Thursday, November 29, 2007

Somewhere Down the Road


The attraction of the open road isn’t limited to long haul truckers. Many of us long for the freedom of an open road. It may be a bit of wanderlust, the romance of destinations unknown, the urge to visit a faraway companion, or a means of escape. Whatever the motivation, nearly everyone has felt the draw of the road.

Here on the Bus we have a special reverence for the open road. After all, I’ve been on the road longer than Jack Kerouac.

Charlie Moore and Bill Napier - Long White Line.mp3

Dan Fogelberg - Down The Road / Mountain Pass.mp3

John Starling - White Line.mp3

Bill Staines - Down the Road.mp3

Y'all have a good weekend, and enjoy the journey.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you know, Ed, the phrase "down the road" has added meaning to those who chose our old style of working. For those who don't know, "down the road" also meant the end of a job. Whether you were "sent" or simply "went" down the road, it gave the same sense of coming adventures described in this post. The choice was yours, where you headed, and why.

November 30, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I miss those day, friend. I also miss when jobs had a defined end. When the job was over and you were properly rested up, it was time to go "down the road" to the next adventure. This working in one place, with no end in sight, is not as satisfying.

November 30, 2007 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Back when I was playin' music more than just listening to it, 'down the road' was how we described leaving one group to hook up with another one - 'See y' on down the road' was the phrase ...

In my later corporate experiences, I never had so much fun as I had when I was playing music ... and Ed, you're right about working in one place - it sucks.

November 30, 2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1980, we adapted Willie Nelson's song to be "Down the road, again. Going places I've never been. Sure as H*** won't be back this way again. I'm down the road, again."

The last sentiment was only for a few that you were really glad to get away from. But, like Ed said, by and large, I miss those days,too.

Richard: We used to initialize it. "Where's Ed? He went DTR"

November 30, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

oh my. you just re-called more than a few hobo songs to mind ...

November 30, 2007 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

That John Starling track puts me in mind of a long, lonesome journey. It's beautiful. And thanks for the Fogelberg. Hopefully, we'll here some good news in his battle with prostate cancer. Guys, get tested! I did early, and I'm a prostate cancer survivor.

November 30, 2007 7:19 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Bravo, Dan, for winning your battle with cancer and for the good advice.

December 01, 2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Hello Ed ! Well here's something. I was on the fast train the other day coming home from the city of lights - Paris - and while reading my daily news came across a tiny little article. I thought of you immediately and today I see we're on the road...as usual. It appears that two British ecologists are on a voyage truly outward bound. They're travelling 7,500 kilometers from Great Britain to Mali in a truck fueled by chocolat !
Didn't know that cocoa was so volatile. If that's the case I should be able to fly !
And so, maybe Ed you could experiment with beer as fuel and get the bus in the air, cross the big waters and come to Paris. Non ?
Thanks for the Folgelberg reminder. I had some albums of his down the road in reverse. The BBBus works the memory bank. And down the road a peg I even met Crumb. What a world !

All aboard for the aventure...
all thoughts fly... k.

December 02, 2007 5:29 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi Black Dog, Just a whiff of the exhaust as that truck drove by would activate my sweet tooth! But I’m afraid that would be a terrible waste of beer, but would be a perfect use for the swill that comes right out of the Clydesdales. I’ll have to find another way to get the Bus to Paris.

Small world, indeed! I had forgotten that R. Crumb has been living in France for the past few years.

December 03, 2007 8:07 PM  

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