WHOLE WIDE WORLD, Wreckless Eric
Pasty, imperial and reckless- Eric is ready to go the whole wide world to find his tropical goddess with “warm brown skin”. His mother suggested he take this journey and, though his heart may be in the right place, his plans seem rather reckless to me.
SISTERS OF MERCY, Leonard Cohen
Cohen’s delicate Sisters of Mercy was written about an encounter in Edmonton with two traveling sisters. Apparently it was written on the chair which he slept as the sisters shared the hotel bed. Cohen claims the song is strictly platonic, though it contains a underlying yearning.
I’M GONNA BE (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
Sincere, dedicated and desperate, the Reid brothers frighten away the woman of their dreams in this fun, anthemic hit song from 1993.
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE, The Beatles
One of the most mature and perfectly-crafted songs The Beatles … Read More »
I’ve been on a Sting kick of late. Nothing wrong with that.
Many reoccurring themes run through his songs: angels, love triangles, loss of religious faith, commitment, winter; but one theme has remained constant in Sting’s writing for 35 years: the sea.
Though he sang in a Jamaican accent from 1978 to 1981, Sting actually grew up in seafaring Newcastle, England- just a few blocks from the shipyards that built the world’s largest ships. Being lost at sea has been a useful metaphor for loneliness, death and rhythm. It is a theme Sting has successfully gone back to many times. The most memorable:
THE WILD, WILD SEA, The Soul Cages (1991)
This song is obviously not about a hooker.
VALPARAISO, Mercury Falling (1996)
Set in Chile’s romantic bohemian port city of Valparaiso, this song follows two lovers traveling over the sea to meet.
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Generally clocking in between three and five minutes, a good music video is a wonderful little escape from wherever we’re sitting. Many videos just feature bouncing cars, bouncing women and sleeveless drummers. However, some take us on fun journeys around the world. Let’s take a look:
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA:
Solange, Losing You (2012)
The city as fashion. Inspired by the colors and textures of Cape Town’s townships, Solange and her video-friends are looking like beautiful curtains while bouncing around at the pool, the tailor, a barbershop and other ramshackle Cape Town locales. They explore local transportation in a taxi van and from atop the handlebars of a bicycle. Looks fun, eh?
The video was filmed around the neighborhood of Langa in Cape Town. Langa was established in the 1920s as a designated black African community and is today both poverty-stricken and colorful, as seen in the … Read More »
Not all the music I love is appropriate to pair with travel. For instance, I can recite any song by The Smiths, but I can’t admit that “I Know its Over” is a great soundtrack as my train pulls into Beijing. There is some music that has always seemed like it was made for exploring landscapes or cityscapes. I keep coming back to these when I’m traveling down the road, rails or sidewalks.
7. Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
With their second album, Pavement explored the Delta conduit of their world-famous home state of California.
This is not the familiar image that the Beach Boys or 2Pac may have introduced you to. Pavement explore the changing farm towns and “manmade deltas and concrete rivers” of rural and suburban California. He reminisces about evenings roaming a subdivision on his skateboard in “Range … Read More »