Well, hello there! Sorry for the long absence! Life happens, sometimes.
A while back, Midwest Guest tagged me in a Melodies and Travel Memories meme. This is right up my alley. I'm not a talk-radio person, but if I'm in the car, you can bet there's music playing, whether it's the radio, a CD, or my iPod. Locally I listen mostly to The Current, or Jazz 88. Hands down, my favorite on-the-road radio station is WTIP in Grand Marais, which I sometimes stream online when I'm working at home. They play such an eclectic mix of music.
In fact, one of my favorite travel memories is courtesy of WTIP. While researching my last book, I was on another frantic "If it's 2 p.m. this must be Silver Bay" kind of trip and had been scurrying all over the Grand Marais area. On my last day there, I was trying to explore the Gunflint Trail. It was much hotter than usual for that part of the state; I was four days into a six-day jaunt; I wasn't sleeping well because my little motel room wasn't terribly well air-conditioned; I was tired; and I was sad that I was leaving Grand Marais the next morning. There's never time on these research trips to just sit and relax. So late that Sunday afternoon, returning to Grand Marais via the Gunflint Trail, I had WTIP on and lo and behold, it was 4 p.m.--Polka Time. I never thought I'd say this, but it was exactly the right thing to cheer me up. And polkas sung in French! Who knew! And then they played Beer Barrel Polka and I could sing along (thanks, Grandma, for teaching me the words when I was young and impressionable)!
Yes, I have deliberately streamed Polka Time back at home. In fact, it's Sunday today...
Looking for Minnesota-related music that's traveled with me brought to mind several things.
The Minnesota Beatle Project. I have all three of these and love them. Minnesota musicians cover Beatles songs, and the proceeds go to arts and music education in Minnesota public schools. Sometimes the covers are pretty straightforward, and other times things are reimagined.
I especially love this, Pert Near Sandstone's take on I Am the Walrus:
Or the truly gorgeous Hey Jude performed by Sounds of Blackness:
In non-Beatles music, I'd have to say that Mason Jennings' song The Field is one of the most moving war songs ever.
I suspect I'm not the target audience for this, but I still love Dixon's Girl by Dessa.
If you're saying, gee, Amy, isn't Bob Dylan from Minnesota? Why isn't he on your list?
The answer, somewhat embarrassingly, is: I don't like his voice. His songs, yes; his singing them, no. One of the worst musical on-the-road experiences I've ever had was sitting in Zimmy's in Hibbing, listening to Bob Dylan sing Christmas carols. In May.
But I do like this tribute album. Who could resist the likes of Flogging Molly covering The Times They Are a'Changin'?
This is just a glimpse. Tell me what Minnesota music you like to listen to. Or any music you listen to on the road. I'm not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you think this is a fun meme and want to do it, drop by and leave me a link when you post. Thanks, Midwest Guest!