Songs for the Road

Traveling is better with music!

 

I fondly recall numerous excursions heading west on Interstate 70 toward Colorado, California, Las Vegas or anywhere but Kansas.  I took many road trips, by myself or with friends.  The vehicles were different as time passed and the people accompanying me changed as well, but there was one constant on these journeys—my music.  With me were always my “power tapes.”  Long before the advent of IPods or even CDs, there were cassette tapes.  These popular if fragile contrivances were an integral part of any road trip taken by car.  I made countless compilation cassettes of my favorite music.  Over time I transferred my favorites to CDs and eventually to the IPod.  I will confess that in many ways, my collection of battle-tested cassettes remain a sentimental favorite over the other musical formats, largely due to the memories they conjure of summer expeditions in search of adventure.

Music had to meet certain criteria to be eligible for power tape status.  First and most important, I had to like the songs.  That should be obvious—there would be no reason to play music I disliked.  Second, the music had to pick me up mentally and emotionally since I used it as a hedge against fatigue.  Third, the selections had to play well together.  I wanted a healthy mix of fast and slow songs and a good male to female vocalist ratio.  Finally (and least important), they had to hold a special meaning for me.  This was not mandatory—I had no problem including a song only because I liked it at the moment, but if it was special to me in some way, so much the better.  I tended to exclude music from artists I enjoyed so much that their inclusion would dominate the tape.  For example, the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were not found on my Power Tapes, simply because they deserved an entire tape devoted entirely to their songs.  Nearly any other band was fair game, however.

These are songs from one of my tapes.  Most of the music is at least 20 years old, and some of it is far more.  This tape goes on every trip with me.

 

One of the greatest songs of all time (in my opinion)

Images behind the music

"Don't Fear the Reaper" was a dark but powerful song
"Don't Fear the Reaper" was a dark but powerful song
"Aquarius" was the emotional counterpart to The Reaper
"Aquarius" was the emotional counterpart to The Reaper
Grace Slick's powerful vocal drove "Somebody to Love"
Grace Slick's powerful vocal drove "Somebody to Love"
"California Dreamin'" was among the greatest songs ever recorded--in my opinion
"California Dreamin'" was among the greatest songs ever recorded--in my opinion
Slow but filled with imagery, "John Barleycorn" was a classic with vocals from Steve Winwood
Slow but filled with imagery, "John Barleycorn" was a classic with vocals from Steve Winwood
Arlo Guthrie sang "Rolling into Los Angeles" at Woodstock
Arlo Guthrie sang "Rolling into Los Angeles" at Woodstock
"Rainbow Demon" was dark and moody
"Rainbow Demon" was dark and moody
This wonderful anthem about brotherhood concluded my road tape
This wonderful anthem about brotherhood concluded my road tape

Power Songs Volume 1

 

1.  “Conquistador” by Procol Harum.  This song leads off my compilation tape primarily because of its inspired introduction.  With an intro this dramatic, you can’t help but perk up.  The singing and music are strong and it is a wonderful song to sing along to.

2.  “Under the Milky Way” by the Church.  Great music and a good melody; this song was included because of the wonderful line “It leads you here despite your destination—under the Milky Way tonight.”

3.  “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas.  This song (in my opinion) is among the ten greatest rock and roll songs of all time.  Beautiful lyrics and harmonies have made it one of my absolute favorites for over 40 years.

4.  “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult.  A “power song” from my younger days, Don’t Fear the Reaper always inspired me.  Like Procol Harum’s Conquistador, the music that leads into the song is strong and uplifting—even if the words are a bit less upbeat. 

5.  “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane.  This song represents Grace Slick at her best with her powerful vocals.  The tune joins California Dreamin’ as a song that stands the test of time.  It is as fun to listen to now as it was in the 60s.

6.  “Fortress Around Your Heart” by Sting.  It seemed as if Sting tried to jam as many words as he could into this tune’s lyrics, but he made it work.  It is an odd song in many ways, but I am thrilled by the French horns used in the chorus.  This is one of Sting’s best songs.

7.  “Everybody’s Talkin’” by Harry Nilsson.  The theme song to the movie “Midnight Cowboy,” this quirky tune is carried by Nilsson’s distinctive voice.  It is far from upbeat, but it holds a special place in my heart and landed on my power songs list.

8.  “John Barleycorn Must Die” by Traffic.  Slow and sometimes pondering, this is the oddball song of the tape.  I confess I sometimes skipped over it while driving, but I defend its inclusion with its odd lyrics, rife with symbolism and fine singing by Steve Winwood.

9.  “Dream On” by Aerosmith.  Dream On is an early hit by Aerosmith and still one of my favorites.  This is a great track to sing while you’re alone—you can scream the lyrics with Steven Tyler to your heart’s content.  This song has great vocals and an amazing guitar track.

10.  “Eli’s Coming” by Three Dog Night.  A wonderful “potboiler” song by an underappreciated band, Eli’s Coming is a superb song to sing along to at the top of your lungs while driving through the Rocky Mountains in the middle of the night.  I often played this tune repeatedly before moving on.

11.  “Rainbow Demon” by Uriah Heep.  A slow, ponderous song that speaks of evil power, this song is also outstanding in the middle of the night.  It is in fact the only song by Uriah Heep I like, but I like it a lot.

12.  “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine” by the Fifth Dimension.  The antithesis in tone and outlook to Rainbow Demon, Aquarius is the signature song from the Broadway musical, “Hair.”  It is a song of hope and optimism.  I included the Fifth Dimension’s version because of the horn section heard during the chorus.

13.  “Coming into Los Angeles” by Arlo Guthrie.  A bizarre little song about smuggling drugs, Arlo Guthrie sang this song at Woodstock.  It might horrify Guthrie to hear me say this, but it almost has the feel of a pop song with its catchy tune.  Arlo is no singer, but he does okay here and I enjoy this song.

14.  “April Come She Will” by Simon and Garfunkel. This song is featured on the soundtrack to the movie “The Graduate.”   A short tune lasting only a few minutes, it emphasizes Art Garfunkel’s magnificent voice to great effect.  It is simple and poetic, and it never fails to put me in a reflective mood.

15.  “Share the Land” by the Guess Who.  A power tape needs a strong song to end with, and I chose this magnificent anthem about brotherhood from the Guess Who.  They did great guitar work on this song, and the vocals are very powerful.

The Age of Aquarius

Do you have a "road" song?

There were originally over 25 “power tapes” in my collection, but now only a handful remains. Subsequent tapes were graced with music from the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Blind Faith and more. I branched out into “Mellow Power” tapes, Rat Pack compilations, country and western, and all-female vocalists. One particularly special tape contained music from the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Turtles, Cream, and the Byrds. I even had an older-than-oldies tape, with songs from the Monotones, Dicky Lee, and many more. These songs have taken many trips with me, and they are always packed for any journey lasting an hour or longer. They are not true road songs, but they have become road songs for me. Through the course of the years they have sparked many memories and created some along the way, as well. These amazing tunes speak to my soul and allow it to sing in response. Some of them could be considered part of the soundtrack of my life.

Is there a song or songs you associate with traveling? What is it?

 

Share the Land

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Nice picks here. I also like "Ventura Highway" by America.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

suziecat, Ventura Highway is a great song and I had it on another tape once. Thanks for reading.

Mike


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Mike, you have a nice variety of songs. I must confess anything by Aerosmith gets my vote.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

California Dreamin and Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine.....great ones! We always traveled with a bunch of tapes especially when traveling west. Many areas with no good radio reception...or channels one would choose to listen to even if the reception was good. Included were a wide variety that would suit almost anyone's taste in music unless they were born in the last couple of decades. Ha!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

samboiam, thanks for your comments. Aerosmith is one of the great bands of all time. In lots of ways, it's hard to believe they've been around as long as they have.

Thanks again.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hi Peggy! California Dreamin' is one of my favorite songs EVER--I still think it is in my top ten. And Aquarius is just such a beautiful and optimistic song.

The radio just wasn't good enough on long trips. As you pointed out, the reception would cut in and out, and it seemed like we were always up and down the dial.

I will tell a brief story about listening to the radio while taking a vacation with my parents. We stopped for gas in Abilene, Kansas. Right outside of town, I looked up and saw a sky filled with stars--my brother said it was the edge of the Milky Way. On the radio was Dean Martin singing "Chapel in the Moonlight." That one moment made me like Dean Martin's music--at least that song. It was a nice memory and I think about it often while traveling at night.

Thanks for your comments, Peggy--I appreciate it!

Mike


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Oh my my..I am with you on the Mamas and the Papas. You just took me back a bit. I agree that a road trip needs good music and just the right mix. here are some of my favorites.

ABBA - all of their music will click off the miles easily

Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World & Hello Dolly

More current selections:

Selah - Rescue Me, and pretty much their whole album called Press On

Barlow Girl -Hello Sunshine

Acappella - all their music

Oh I could go on and on..I like music, can you tell?

You really hit a chord with this hub..heehee

by the way I can remember 8 track tapes - barely though :p Blessings and much melody to you

CS


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Coffeesnob, thanks for stopping by. My first car had a built-in 8-track player. I was so proud of it! I like the songs you've recommended, you clearly know your music and some of your choices are quite nice. I would not have thought of adding Louis Armstrong to a road tape, for example, but that is a nice idea.

I've currently been enjoying "I Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum. If I were still doing road tapes, I think it would have to be included.

Thanks again for stopping by--I think I'll go play some music.

Mike


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Great road music. Thanks for sharing. Lots of good memories here.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks, Ken, and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your reading.

Mike


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Thanks, Mike, for the trip down Memory Lane.

California Dreamin' is one of my all-time favorites, too. Humming it in my mind as I type. And that video is awesome. Thanks for finding it.

What songs would you include today for your next road trip - on your iPod, that is?


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

drbj, thanks for reading. What would I include today? Recent stuff would probably include some Lady Antebellum. I really enjoy "I Need You Now," their most recent single. I would probably put "All or Nothing" from Theory of a Dead Man. It's a year or two old now, but that's new for me. And, (whisper it softly) I liked Billy Ray Cyrus' song "Back to Tennessee" that found a bit of notoriety in the Hannah Montana movie.

I don't really know how much I would play it, but I've also considered compiling music performed by multiple artists. For example, Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" followed by the Dixie Chicks version--something like that. I've always resisted that because I wondered if the novelty would wear off too quickly, but it would be fun to listen to a time or two, at least.

What would you include????

Mike


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting Hub;

Travelling must be very relaxing for you with these songs.

I don't know some of them, but I do know you have good taste in Music, from a previous Hub I read. I particularly would like to check out No 9, as I like Aerosmith's "I will love you". Very famous song. What a voice...

Best Wishes.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Elena, thanks for reading. I don't get to travel anywhere near as often as I did when I was younger, but I still enjoy hopping in the car and going somewhere. I always enjoyed Aerosmith--the song I mentioned here came out in the late 70s. Hard to believe it's been that long.

Thanks for reading, Elena. I appreciate it.

Mike


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WE5 6 years ago

Mike,

And before I had cassettes I had eight tracks! I had a quadraphonic eight track (yes, they existed!) installed in a '64 chev biscayne that I had in the mid seventies. I travelled around eastern Canada in that car, music blaring...some of the groups you had, some not mentioned, some faves were Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Guess Who, Dylan,Dylan,Dylan, Newfoundland music, Cohen, Ian Tyson, it goes on and on. Great Hub!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

WE5, I remember 8-tracks quite well. My first car had a built in 8-track player that I was quite proud of. A road trip in Canada would be amazing--the scenery is so beautiful. I was there with my parents as a child, but have yet to make it back. It sounds like you had a good list of road tunes for your trips, as well.

Thanks for your comments. They are--as always--appreciated.

Mike


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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

Interesting subject and one that relates to most folks. Music and the road go hand in hand. Enjoyed the hub.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

C.S. Alexis, thanks for reading. Music and the road are inseperable to me. Hope you enjoyed what I wrote.

Mike


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Mike alot of excellent selections here and many of them are already on my IPOD. I am a Jefferson Airplane and Mamas and Papas freak ! I would love it if you checked my music hubs , I am sure you will like them, Peace


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Tony, thanks for stopping by. As time goes by, it seems the music world might be starting to forget about Jefferson Airplane and Mamas and Papas. It has been a long time, after all. It is nice to find so many folks that remember these great bands. I will be sure to stop by and check out your music hubs. Thanks again.

Mike


cosette 6 years ago

omgsh...Under The Milky Way is one of my favorites. :)

i like a lot of these songs for driving. one good one is Suzy Q...that just goes good on wheels. and Family Affair by Mary J Blige.

great hub! we think alike sometimes. :D rating it UP and 'awesome'.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Cosette, thanks for reading. I thought about your hub about having your own constellation when I wrote the part about the Church and "Under the Milky Way." The other songs you mention are also terrific--I loved Suzy Q by both Creedence and the Rolling Stones. Family Affair is great, as well.

Thanks for your rating me, I appreciate it. Take care.

Mike


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

I'll have to admit I am not familiar with some of these songs but this hub did take me back to when I used to make mixed tapes as well. I was very fussy about which songs made it on the tape and they all had to blend together perfectly. Whenever I drove home from college (400 miles) I was always sure to have a tape ready to go.

I remember on one family trip, me my sister and dad beltin' out California Dreamin. One of my all time favorite road songs is Life Is A Highway. Thanks for the memories!


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Painted Seahorse 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

Great songs! I love almost all of them because my dad played them a lot when I was growing up. Nice hub!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Oh, that takes me back to the music of my generation. What a terrific hub. Thank you.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Cari Jean, thanks for your comments. Most of these songs are at least 20 years old, and many of them are over 40 years old, so I'm not surprised you haven't heard of some of them. One thing that is nice about the music world today, however, is that songs live longer than they once did. When I was a kid, songs that were 10 years old were never heard again unless they were Elvis or Frank Sinatra. Now it is possible to hear a 40 year old song on the radio, and that is nice.

Before I was old enough for road trips, I remember singing songs in the car on family vacations, much as you describe. It is a very nice memory.

Thanks again for reading. Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Painted Seahorse, thanks for reading. It's nice that you were exposed to a lot of good music when you were growing up. For me, it was my older sister playing music on her stereo that introduced me to most of the songs I knew from those days.

Thanks again.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Paradise, thanks for reading. There was a lot of great music in those days, wasn't there? It was also an era where a group like the Beatles might put out several albums a year, instead of an album every 3-5 years, as bands are apt to do nowadays.

Thanks again for stopping by, hope you're doing well these days.

Mike


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I still have that Guess Who album and the 5th Dimension one! Great music here!


Just A Voice 6 years ago

Ahhhh sweet music talk.

I too had those compilations of cassette tapes that we took on road trips. I use to take many a road trip to the coast with my best girlfriend and we'd sing at the top of our lungs, every word memorized, to our latest tape.

I love that California Dreaming song. But our tapes ran more toward Bad Company, Stevie Ray Vaghn, Aerosmith, Lynard Skynard, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Eagles.

I still have some of my old vynals from the 70s that I love to put on when I'm home alone and blast at full volume. Every once in a while I make one of my children suffer through a song or two when I'm feeling particularly nostalgic. The other day, my oldest child who lives in a different state called and I made her suffer through the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody. She knows all the words anyway, she has been subjected to this song many times before. In fact, she is so well versed that while she was in college, her and her roommate (whom she taught the song to) would use it to let off steam when they were pulling an all nighter.

Those road trips were the best weren't they? I remember my friend and I staying up all night and deciding we needed to see the sun rise on the ocean. So we'd sneak out her window, push her car down the driveway and drive to the coast. We called our mothers when it was daylight and we were already there to let them know we were okay.

I would've killed my children if they had ever pulled a stunt like that!

But oh that music that got us there....


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Habee, thanks for reading. I loved that Guess Who album. With the 5th Dimension, I knew folks who insisted no one could surpass the rendition of Aquarius from the Broadway album, but I always thought the 5th Dimension was better, and I so loved the horns on their version.

Thanks again, Habee. I appreciated your comments.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Voice, thanks for your comments. Y'know, I love Pink Floyd and always thought about puting their music on a road trips tape, but Iit always felt like I needed to listen to the whole album when I played their stuff. Most of the other folks you mentioned found their way onto a tape, sooner or later.

I enjoyed your story about heading out to the coast to watch the sun rise. I had a friend that I did stuff like that with. Being a parent would put an entirely different slant on some of the things we did, but they were great moments and we survived them.

Bohemien Rhapsody is on one of my power tapes--I love that song....even after Wayne's World got hold of it.

Thanks for your comments, Voice--I enjoyed the stories.

Mike


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

This hub ROCKS!

ok well i do try :)

seriously, I will honestly not drive at all unless there is [probably illegal levels of volume] music playing. We would sure have fun on a road trip.

You know Mike, road trips might just be my all time favorite things to do. I have [dozens of times] just hopped in, gassed up and drove. No Agenda except to cross the border to the US and drive. Visit small towns in the US, Famous landmarks, great hotels, greasy spoon truck stop restaurants, etc.

But there is no way I could do any of this without good driving music. I have so many artists I play. I will also confess to singing along all the while at the top of my lungs using the steering wheel as my drums. [sshhhh]

Okay, a few of mine, tiny dancer, elton John, bob seger, lynyrd skynyrd, kid rock, uncle kracker, britney spears, blue rodeo, amanda marshall, melissa ethridge, maec cohn, johnny cash, fifty cent, eminem, akon, ludacris, alicia keys, jackson brown, guns and roses, velvet revolver,

but no Lady Ga Ga - Ha Ha

Thanks for bringing back some great memories for me this morning!

ps- Mike, I can't get your videos to work? Is it because of my computer maybe?

Thanks again

rated up twice

Kimberly


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kim, thanks so much for your comments. Whisper it softly, but I will use the steering wheel for drums, as well.

I had to smile when you mentioned stopping at greasy spoons on your road trips. On Interstate 70 along the eastern side of Colorado is a truck stop called "Rip Griffin's." I love eating here in the middle of the night on the way to the mountains. In the middle of the night the service is awful--there is no supervisor on duty, and the boyfriends are hanging out with their waitress girlfriends in a back booth. The food is poor at best, and you're lucky to get clean plates and silverware. And, you know what? I love the place! In some odd way, eating at Rip Griffin's is what traveling in America is all about. I always stop when I head that direction.

I am a fan of most of the music you listed here, and had a bunch of it on other tapes. Johnny Cash songs are wonderful in the middle of the night on long stretch of road. And, Elton John had such a distinctive voice when he was young. I gotta admit, so far I have passed on Lady Ga Ga as well....

Thanks again, Kim. I always enjoy finding your comments.

Mike


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Mike, it is more joyful traveling with music, I admire how you keep the songs and that it should have meanings to you, same here with me.

I like the California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas as well,

Take care, Maita


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Maita, thanks for stopping by. California Dreamin' is a truly great song that transcends eras. It is more fun and lively to travel with music, and I miss those tapes that haven't survived the years. Makes me want to start some new compilations.

Thanks again for reading.

Mike


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

All of a sudden I want to listen to the Mamas and the Papas, accompanied by Aerosmith :) I completely agree with your selections here, I use to make traveling tapes as well, and the rule was-I have to be able to sing along with the music, if not...I would feel my eyes getting heavy and have to pull over-but as long as I was singing, I was fine. Great Hub Mike, a lot of fun to read :) Rated Up and Awesome!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

HC, thanks for stopping by. I was the same way, I had to sing along or I would get drowsy, but having the music to sing to kept me going. It's funny, I've been playing the Mamas and the Papas a lot this weekend--this hub got me in the mood to hear a bunch of the old stuff.

Thanks for stopping by, and I greatly appreciate your taking the time to rate my hub.

Mike


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Wow, it's been forever since I have heard The Guess Who's -Share The Land- Thx!,,,"Laughing" was my favorite of theirs though. Well "These Eyes" was good too...& "No Time" Well anyway thx for one I had forgotten!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Pollyannalana, thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed hearing Share the Land again. I always loved that song. The songs you mentioned were among my favorites also, as well as "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature." I also listened to "8:15" and "When Friends Fall Out" quite a bit. I loved the Guess Who in their day!

Thanks again for reading.

Mike


rml 6 years ago

I loved the songs you listed here, although I haven't heard them all. 'Share the Land' was one of my favorites.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

rml, thanks for stopping by. "Share the Land" was one of my favorite songs, as well. I remember playing it over and over right after I got the album. It was always special to me.

Mike


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Grea t road music Mike. I had a bicycle shop a hundred years ago I think. I scraped up money and rode the Paris-Brest-Paris endurance ride of 750 miles. Afterward three of us drove to Chablis and rode a short ride around the area of vineyards. We went through one village that was having a village wide yard sale to repair the church. There were bumper cars in the "square". A convertible pick-up truck was driving around and the passengers had cowboy hats. The music from loud speakers was Arlo Guthrie and the "City of New Orleans". I think all the music here is universal. Thanks Mike!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Micky, that's a great story. Hanging out around Chablis listening to Arlo Guthrie sing about New Orleans. Songs played during moments like that not only help us remember the moment, they help create it. Music in those days was so optimistic and powerful, and I miss the upbeat music of the 60's.

Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

Mike


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artfux 6 years ago from Novato, CA

Great choice in songs..


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thank you, Artfux. And thanks for stopping by.

Mike


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I haven't thought about some of these songs in so long. Now I'm going to be singing them all day at work! LOL. It's always a pleasure to read you, Mike. God bless you.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lovelypaper, thanks for reading--and for your kind words. I love the songs here, and one of the nice things about music nowadays is that songs don't really die anymore. When I was a kid, you heard what was current on the radio and not much else. Songs written and performed before I was born were gone and forgotten by the time I was three years old, unless they were sung by Frank Sinatra or Elvis. Now music from almost any era can be found 24 hours a day, which keeps the songs alive.

Thanks again for reading, and for your kindness. Have a great weekend.

Mike


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

This is a great hubpage and loved reading all the comments! Bohemian Rhapsody, The Wall, City of New Orleans -- there are way too many to list. I love the song "Conquistador" so much that I used it as the inspiration for my latest mosaic guitar. Oh and I would like to add "Werewolves of London," thank you, Warren Zevon.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Silva, thanks for reading. I love all the songs you've mentioned, as well. They belong to a great era musically. 'Werewolves of London' was a great song to sing along to!

Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike

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