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Thursday, August 21, 2008

driving south.

i like the south. i feel more relaxed as i drive south in the states.

i have also been thinking a lot about the songs that go through my head as i travel. road signs trigger a slew of songs i haven't though about in years. for philadelphia, the song about his home town by atom and his package; for new york the song new york city by vancouver band of my youth, cub; washington dc by the magnetic fields, in indiana by brenda kahn; california by joni mitchell; and wichita has two songs - that one by the white stripes and true dreams of wichita by soul coughing. but the most upsetting by far is a nick cave song (maybe his version of an old country standard) that aitor introduced me to on this trip - knoxville girl. i'm never that cool with murder ballads, but mr. cave does do a good job of expressing the straight horror of the lyrics. at the very least he's not trying to pretty the song up. i find it chilling. regardless of any higher thought, though, i was a little dismayed to have this grisly song chirping through my head as we passed through tennessee today.

thankfully we arrived in asheville, north carolina, by evening and i don't know any songs about this place. they also take great care around these parts to be hospitable...



now all we have to contend with is a motel full of nascar-lovin' boomhauers who are currently running around this fair establishment drinking cruddy beer and yelling things i couldn't possibly decipher. how does all this still feel like we are coming home?

2 comments:

shannongerard said...

soul coughing is my band hero and the musical love of my life!! we are so bff.

coldsnapbindery said...

the holidays just aren't the same without soul coughing's 'suzie snowflake'...

i think i'll listen to it now and feel better about everything.