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ROCK MATTERS JULY 2017

Crank it up with tunes worth driving for 
–by Robert Alexander
PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 2017

Robert Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My answer for summer boredom has always been the same … hit the road. As a teen, I would walk out the door and hitchhike somewhere, anywhere. If Dylan could jump a freight train and head south out of Hibbing, Minnesota or visit Woody Guthrie in a New York hospital, I could certainly hobo around the east coast.

With no money and “No Particular Place to Go,” but with my copy of Kerouac’s “On the Road,” I became a fearless Dharma Bum. While in college, I’d make numerous trips to the Jersey Shore or to the Newport Folk Festival. As a father, there were family camping trips to Canada, Maine, Wyoming and Colorado.

Even today, we pack up the RV and head to Gulf Shores, Alabama or Lake Champlain in Vermont. Great adventures await when you leave it all behind and take to the highway. So, “get your motor running” and “Hit the Road, Jack.” Here’s this month’s summer travel playlist:

The Playlist

  • “Holiday Road,” Lindsey Buckingham, from “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
  • “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf, from “Easy Rider”
  • “Travelin’ Man,” Ricky Nelson
  • “Ramblin’ Man,” Allman Brothers Band (Rock will miss you, Greg.)
  • “Route 66,” The Rolling Stones, original Nat King Cole
  • “On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson
  • “Truckin’,” Grateful Dead,“what a long strange trip it’s been”
  • “Riding with the King,” Eric Clapton, B.B. King, “Cadillac and a diamond ring, don’t you know you’re riding with the king?”
  • “Roam,” The B 52s, “roam if you want to, roam around the world”
  • “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin, written by Kris Kristofferson
  • “Roadhouse Blues,” The Doors, “let it roll, baby, roll … all night long”
  • “Road Trippin’,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “America,” Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Running on Empty,” Jackson Browne
  • “Take It Easy,” Eagles, “don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy”
  • “Two Tickets to Paradise,” Eddie Money (Remember him?)
  • “Pinch Me,” Barenaked Ladies
  • “Runaway Train,” Soul Asylum,“runaway train, never coming back”
  • “Drive My Car,” The Beatles
  • “Back in the USA,” Chuck Berry’s national anthem
  • “Born to Run,” The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, “tramps like us, baby we were born to run”

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