Day -10: The X-America Playlist

This is a bit left field, but what in my blog isn’t?   I need to develop a 55-60 song playlist for the trip.   The goal is that every day’s song somehow perfectly captures the vibe for that day — it could be a play off of the location, the weather, the sentiment, I don’t know.   What I need is your best ideas; my plan is to have a short vote with my bike group every night and then build the “perfect playlist” that we can use to remember each day of the ride.

For example, For Day -3 (the day I travel) I have two songs in mind.   One is Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” and the other is Joni Mitchell California (from Blue).   I had one of those creepy “is Spotify reading my email?” moments when the first song that came up on a Spotify radio station I started listening to (Classic Acoustic) was the Led Zeppelin song, which I don’t think I have ever heard before.   But when I read the lyrics, the Joni Mitchell song may be more appropriate.   Or is there a better one?   Hotel California seems like a good song for Day 2 or Day 3, but  not Day -3.

For example, what is the perfect song for the first day we ride?   What is the perfect song for a long day where it rains the full day?

The playlist will be on Spotify under X-America 2018 by CharlieO.   Remember one of my goals is to become more digital — my first Spotify Playlist!   Now I have to figure out Instagram.

Send me your best ideas (just use the comment or email).   Truckin (Grateful Dead); Leaving Las Vegas (Sheryl Crow), Massachusetts (the Bee Gees); Hotel California (Eagles).   I will post the previous day’s selection each day. I can imagine 10 years from now getting on my indoor cycle, putting on my headphones, and riding across America again.

California

by Joni Mitchell

Sitting in a park in Paris France

Reading the news and it sure looks bad

They won’t give peace a chance

That was just a dream some of us had

Still a lot of lands to see

But I wouldn’t want to stay here

It’s too old and cold and settled in its ways here

Oh but California

 

California I’m coming home

I’m going to see the folks I dig

I’ll even kiss a Sunset pig

California I’m coming home

 

I met a redneck on a Grecian isle

Who did the goat dance very well

He gave me back my smile

But he kept my camera to sell

Oh the rogue the red red rogue

He cooked good omelettes and stews

And I might have stayed on with him there

But my heart cried out for you California

 

Oh California I’m coming home

Oh make me feel good rock ‘n’ roll band

I’m your biggest fan

California I’m coming home

 

Oh it gets so lonely

When you’re walking

And the streets are full of strangers

All the news of home you read

Just gives you the blues

Just gives you the blues

So I bought me a ticket

I caught a plane to Spain

Went to a party down a red dirt road

There were lots of pretty people there

Reading Rolling Stone reading Vogue

They said “How long can you hang around?”

I said a week maybe two

Just until my skin turns brown

Then I’m going home to California

 

California I’m coming home

Oh will you take me as I am

Strung out on another man

California I’m coming home

 

Oh it gets so lonely

When you’re walking

And the streets are full of strangers

All the news of home you read

More about the war

And the bloody changes

Oh will you take me as I am?

Will you take me as I am?

Will you?

© 1970; Joni Mitchell

 

From <http://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=86>

 

 

9 thoughts on “Day -10: The X-America Playlist

  1. Hi Charlie

    Here’s a few ideas.

    Bachman Turner Overdrive – Roll On Down The Highway

    ACDC – Ride On!

    Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

    The Doors – Riders On The Storm

    ACDC – Highway to Hell!

    Regards

    George

    From: Charlie’s X-America Tour Reply-To: Charlie’s X-America Tour Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 9:47 AM To: George Laing Subject: [New post] Day -10: The X-America Playlist

    charliesxamericatour posted: “This is a bit left field, but what in my blog isn’t? I need to develop a 55-60 song playlist for the trip. The goal is that every day’s song somehow perfectly captures the vibe for that day — it could be a play off of the location, the weather, the s”

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  2. Hi Charlie,

    A quick search, how about these.

    “America” Simon and Garfunkel “The Star Spangled Banner” by Jimi Hendrix“Living in America” by James Brown“God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver“The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen“Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus

    Madonna – ‘American Life’

    Steve Miller Band – ‘Living in the U.S.A.’

    ‘Green Day – ‘American Idiot’

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Red White and Blue’

    Johnny Cash – ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’

    Toby Keith – ‘American Soldier’

    Neil Diamond – ‘America’

    John Mellencamp – ‘Pink Houses’

    Chuck Berry – ‘Back in the U.S.A.’

    Neil Young – ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’

    Alan Jackson – ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)’

    Woody Guthrie – ‘This Land is Your Land’

    Ray Charles – ‘America the Beautiful’

    *From:* Charlie’s X-America Tour [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Wednesday, 23 May 2018 9:47 AM *To:* dave.shepherd@uwcseafoundation.edu.sg *Subject:* [New post] Day -10: The X-America Playlist

    charliesxamericatour posted: “This is a bit left field, but what in my blog isn’t? I need to develop a 55-60 song playlist for the trip. The goal is that every day’s song somehow perfectly captures the vibe for that day

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  3. REALLY?!? Do you need a 55yr old from the Heartland to keep you hip? If your goal is to catch up to the present, become more digital, embrace Spotify & Instagram, then it seems you should pick some songs from the last decade. At least get some songs that have been written since Al Gore invented the internet!

    You missed the most obvious of all! Tupac Shakur’s (RIP) Calfornia Love

    Here’s the youtube video with 235 MILLION views: https://youtu.be/5wBTdfAkqGU

    I can see I’ve got some work to do with your playlist

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