A to Z April Challenge

During the month of April I will be doing a different spin on my memoir posts. It starts with a song. Each song will be followed by a brief essay that is evoked or inspired by that song. You might want to click on the YouTube link to hear the song as you read the piece I've written. Or you can listen to the song lyrics first and then read. Whichever way you choose, I mostly hope you'll read and leave a comment with your thoughts about my post. Thank you for visiting and please follow the blog if you are not doing so already.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Winslow, Arizona

Standin'On The Corner Park Winslow, AZStandin'On The Corner Park Winslow, AZ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
        The first year my wife and I drove from Los Angeles to the East Coast, I prepared a soundtrack for the trip.  She'd never made the cross-country trip in an Easterly direction and like me, she enjoys road trips.  Since the drive was going to be a long one, I wanted to have some music to entertain us.

         She and I don't listen to music together all that often and I wanted to introduce her to some of my favorite music from years gone by.  Originally from Ecuador, she'd never heard of much of the music that I like.

          Before leaving home, I filled a CD holder with the recordings arranged thematically to where we'd be along the way.  Following I-40 in Arizona we'd be passing through Kingman, Flagstaff, and Winslow.

          I couldn't resist.  I had the "Best of the Eagles" set to play as we neared Winslow.  Then as we exited to take the loop through town we listened to:

"Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona"

          "Take It Easy" is a wonderful song written by Jackson Browne, but made famous by The Eagles.  I'd heard and sang that Winslow line so many times that driving though town with that song playing seemed like something that had to be done since we were so close to the town.   There's some sort of souvenir tourist spot in the center of town called "The Corner in Winslow Arizona".   I slowed down, but didn't stop.   We had to make it to Albuquerque by that night and that was still a good ways off.

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welcome to my world of poetry said...

A great "W" post, most interesting to read.


Pam said...

Getting the music prepared ahead of time so that it related to your location was such a cool and thoughtful idea, Arlee! I'll have to remember that for long, long trips. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Deena said...

Very interesting!

Arthur Brill said...

Great post! It is fun to be able to go to real locations that are mentioned in songs or books or movies.

How sad it was when the City of New Orleans crashed.

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MJ said...

so thoughtful of you!

Tara Tyler said...

we drove that area 2 summers ago. made a big detour on rte 66 to oatman, az where the donkey roam free =)

Holly Michael said...

Drove the same roads. Very nice blog!

Arlee Bird said...

Yvonne -- Thanks

Pam -- When I'm driving I like to have my music. I get a kick out of having place appropriate music.

Deena -- Thanks for visiting.

Arthur -- When watch a movie I'll always look for location credits to see if I've been there.

MJ -- Or maybe weird.

Tara -- My wife and I made a side trip to Oatman one year after visiting Las Vegas. I thought it was interesting, but my wife didn't care for it much--too rustic I guess.

Holly -- I-40 covers a lot of the same territory as Route 66 and it has been traveled by many.


Wendy said...

What a fun W post. I don't think I'd have the patience to figure out what towns are mentioned in songs in order to make a CD. So good for you!

Sonia Lal said...

interesting idea about prepping music ahead of time.

Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Somewhere I have a photograph of me "standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona".

The first time I was in Winslow, many years back, the town was evidently going through rough times, and we saw a sign somewhere that said "Pray for Winslow".

To this day, no one can even mention Winslow, Arizona, that my Brother won't immediately interrupt and say, "Pray for Winslow!"

[The place is still there, so I guess the prayers got answered.]

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

alisonamazed said...

That's too cool! Lucky woman. Does she like your musical taste?

Sara Fowler said...

I remember passing through Winslow, AZ on my Route 66 roadtrip. Is it close to the Twin Arrows? Such a great idea to put together thematic tunes for the drive!

Maurice Mitchell said...

LOL I never noticed that line before!

Arlee Bird said...

Wendy -- I didn't plan all my music according to towns or places but often had to do with time of day (classical first thing in the morning) or just something I wanted my wife to hear and the part of the trip seemed like appropriate timing. Although she really loved it when I put on John Denver's "Country Roads" as we entered West Virginia.

Sonia -- For me music and travel have been intertwined in my adult life.

StMc -- Winslow and a lot of other places need prayers these days.

Alison - Over all I'd say no she doesn't like most of my musical tastes, but I know what might appeal to her and try to program the tunes that way. Although one night coming back from Las Vegas I did crank up some Rush to keep me awake and she actually seemed to enjoy the music.

Sara-- I think the twin arrows are somewhere near there. Don't recall exactly. It's a long stretch of driving from L.A. to Albuquerque.

Maurice-- It always stood out for me, but I've listened to that song so many times in the past 35 years or so.