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Nov. 9 – Walking (606)

 

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

                        J R R Tolkien 

Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility.

                      Gary Snyder “The Etiquette of Freedom”

Today on Great River Radio we’ll be doing an entire show on the theme of walking.  Dan has been walking more than running lately, due to a (hopefully minor) knee problem.  Walking in St. Paul and Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and seeing the river flowing, the trees losing their leaves, the barges moving slowly upstream, and catching the eyes of fellow walkers, some solitary and quiet, others side by side and animated, one begins to experience a different kind of world, the outside world, the world of trees, grass, crows, dogs, rivers and sky.  There is a different awareness of the body in nature.  You see the world up close.  The legs are moving, the heart is pumping and the blood is flowing.  It is life.  It is humility and solitude and a sweet kind of meditation.

Many songs have been written about walking and we’re sure that many titles are springing to your mind right now.  Today, we’ll play some of them, and introduce you to a few new ones.  People walk away, they walk when they are blue, they walk when they are happy, they walk home.  And, sometimes, people run.

We’ll hear classics from Patsy Cline (the first song you thought of?), Dionne Warwick (the second?), as well as bluesmen Paul Butterfield and Robert Lockwood – walking has been the subject of some great blues tunes.  God walks, too, and we’ll hear from Iris Dement and The Blind Boys of Alabama on that topic.  Tune in this afternoon for these and more from Greg Brown, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Stacey Earle, Yo La Tengo, Vampire Weekend and Cloud Cult.  You may even want to download this show for later walks with your iPod.

Playlist
The Blues Walk-Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Cakewalk Into Town-Taj Mahal
Two Little Feet-Greg Brown
Walkin’ After Midnight-Patsy Cline
Walk On By-Dionne Warwick
Ramble On-Led Zeppelin
Blue Sky-Allman Brothers
New Walkin’ Blues-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Take a Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
God Walks the Dark Hills-Iris Dement
Just A Closer Walk With Thee-The Blind Boys of Alabama
Walk With Me-Neil Young
I Walk Alone-Los Lobos
Long Walk Home-Bruce Springsteen
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Runaway-Bonnie Raitt
How I Ran-Stacey Earle
Run-Vampire Weekend
Running With The Wolves-Cloud Cult

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October 27 – The Road

There’s a car outside
And there’s a road
There’s a time to stay
And a time to rock and roll
You’ve been a real good friend
But I’m on my way
If I don’t see you real soon
I’ll see you down the road someday
Jimmy LaFave  “Car Outside”

I’m a rolling stone, all alone and lost,
For a life of sin, I have paid the cost.
When I pass by, all the people say
‘Just another guy on the lost highway.
Hank Williams “Lost Highway”

And this traveling around
Going to be the death of me
Lyle Lovett “This Traveling Around”

Music and travelling, especially by car, have always been good companions.  Did you know that the Motorola company got its name when it started manufacturing car radios in the early 30’s?  Do you remember when car radios were options on a new car?  When they only had an AM band? Some of us now judge a car not by what’s under the hood, but by the quality, number and location of the speakers.

The music we listen on the road matches our moods – sadness when we are leaving someone, delight when we are returning home, a beat when we are rolling down the interstate, something moody when we are driving at night, something electrifying when we need to stay awake.  Something light and cheerful when the top is down, something that matches the beat of the windshield wipers when it is raining.

Perhaps there are so many “Travelling Blues” because travelling often can be lonely.  Are there so many songs about the road because musicians spend a good amount of their lives travelling from town to town?  Certain roads have been the subject of many songs (US 61 and 66 most notably.) Not to mention songs about cars themselves (we know of songs about Fords, Chevrolets and Studebakers, among others.)

This afternoon, Great River Radio will tackle road music.  What was just going to be a Confluence theme has blossomed into an entire show.  It’s been two years since we’ve done road music on GRR – and there is so much great music that works well in the car, or refers to the act of driving and leaving and returning and running away and just moving.  We’ll hear from everyone from Sarah Vaughn to Tom Waits, Son Volt to Talking Heads, there will be new music (Ruthie Foster) and old (Hank Williams), some of your favorites and some you’ve never heard before.

Next week we’ll return to the shorter Confluence form – since we are in Halloween season, send us your ideas on the theme of monsters.  Not too scary, please.

Playlist
Angels On The Banks-Katie Herzig
Lost Highway-Hank Williams
When It Don’t Come Easy-Ruthie Foster
Route 66 (theme)-The TV Theme Players
Detour Ahead-Sarah Vaughn
It’s Rock And Roll-Lyle Lovett
Car Outside-Jimmy LaFave
Ol’ 55-Tom Waits
Goin’ By Feel-Ray Bonneville
Please Tell My Brother-Golden Smog
Road To Nowhere-Talking Heads
Dirt Road Blues-Bob Dylan
The Road (theme)-Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Driving With The Brakes On-Del Amitri
Chevrolet-Taj Mahal
Ford Econoline-Nanci Griffith
Studebaker-Jordan Zevon
Rules Of Travel-Rosanne Cash
Yakima-Erik Friedlander
Drive (live)-REM
61 Highway-Corey Harris
Afterglow 61-Son Volt
Drive South-John Hiatt
You Can Sleep While I Drive-Melissa Etheridge
Last Chance Texaco-Rickie Lee Jones
This Traveling Around-Lyle Lovett
Long Way-Antje Duvekot

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