Before we get to the smallest state in the union and the site of the once, possibly still famous Newport Folk festival we’ve got a bit of travelling to do, mainly through the states of New England.
Our trail starts on the shores of Lake Michigan and a tune from RHCP: Especially In Michigan <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrLSUNhH_5c”></a>
I had penciled in Johnny Cash for the next one but discovered The Low Anthem recently so let’s go To Ohio with them. (Isn’t that gorgeous?)
It must be night time by now and as we don’t hear enough tunes from this next group either here or on The Mothership it’s Foo Fighters’ Virginia Moon.
My knowledge of the next state was fairly limited: Pennsylvania Dutch and the ‘struggles’ between England and Holland in the 17th century but did you know that the state of Pennsylvania <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v2AGH-Juco”></a> produces the most mushrooms in the US and has the third highest production of Christmas Trees.
So many choices for the next state: New York, the city has been the subject of so many songs, I’m sure each of you has a favourite but on this trip I’ve chosen Snow Patrol.
Anyone for maple syrup? It’s ten years since the last episode of Friends and I recall the trip Ross and Chandler took to Vermont when Monica couldn’t make it and the ‘sugar rush’ Ross get’s from eating all the maple candy! It’s nighttime again and we’ll go looking for some sweeties by the Moonlight In Vermont.
There was an RRSA topic, possibly last year on New England and I stumbled across this next song that had been posted by glasshalfempty some time afterwards but it is about Gene Robinson (The Bishop of New Hampshire), the first openly gay Bishop in the US, and the vilification he had to put up with. It’s stuck with me.
From an amazingly poignant song we head to the most northerly mainland state and Okkervil River’s Maine Island Lovers: <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZqSDJc_4Z0″></a>
Southbound we skip back through New Hampshire to Massachusetts (Hi amylee.) Not the Bee Gees, we’ve already heard from them so to another ‘new to me’ (thanks DsD) and Willard Grant Conspiracy – Massachusetts.
And so we arrive at our final destination this week the smallest state that is Rhode Island. Came here a few years ago when Mrs L and I did a mini road trip up from NYC to Boston, stayed the night in Providence and in the morning I wandered up to Brown University. Apart from an Ivy League university what is RI famous for, well Rhode Island Is Famous For You <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO6WG96pN4E”></a>
Had problems with the YouTube links, the media editor seems to have changed and posts an embedded video rather than the link. Tried pasting link in RR and adding title but that didn’t seem to work either!