Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Soundtrack for Bethany and Co.

"So, I was thinking that for all my music aficionado tweepsters, I had, in the past few weeks, sent out a 'special' song-of-the-day to each one, except Ms. Bethany.   I felt bad about that, and I wondered why.  I mean, she's a rocker, a blues aficionado - it should be easy, right?

"Well, no, not really.  The others just came up at the right time, but when you try to 'find' a song for a friend it's like dipping your hands into a running river to try and catch a fish.

"For the kind of free spirit she is, I was thinking pretty much anything by the Allman Brothers Band.  Then, it hit me:  Bethany takes her family on a road trip.   A road trip soundtrack!  Then, songs just started popping up everywhere.  What we have here will fit on one CD.

"There is only one rule for choosing songs for a road trip:  They MUST NOT PUT YOU TO SLEEP.  (at least while you're not sharing the open road with Verble and the fam!)   So that means you cannot take this moment to relive your old college memories by playing Dark Side of the Moon.  Mazzy Star is right out.  and definitely NO TRANCE RHYTHMS.  But, once you understand that, anything goes, pretty much.

"Remember, it's also OK for a road movie soundtrack to have a little cheese, because this is fun!  And yes, there will be some tunes on here that you might say, 'those are on EVERY road song list' - well, yes.  Because some songs continually make those 'lists' by the simple fact that they perfectly exemplify that particular list!  So, here you are, the Soundtrack to Bethany and Co. ...

Los Straitjackets Cal-Speed
Camper Van Beethoven Sweethearts
Janis Joplin Move Over
Iron Maiden The Prisoner
Buddy Guy Meet Me In Chicago
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs Repo Man
Beth Hart and Ray Bonnamassa Sinners Prayer
Molly Hatchett Flirtin' With Disaster
Luka Bloom  The Acoustic Motorbike
AC/DC It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll)
Allman Brothers Band Ain't Wastin' Time No More
Tom Petty Runnin' Down a Dream
Chuck Berry No Particular Place to Go
Poison Nothin' but a Good Time
The Raveonettes Here Comes the Love Crew
The Doors The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
The Who Join Together
They Might Be Giants Ana Ng
Hoodoo Gurus 1,000 Miles Away
"Now you also gotta know, that by this afternoon I will probably have wanted to have replaced half these songs with others.  But, that's the blessing of living in an age of recorded music!

"Lastly, I was thinking 'well, if this is a road movie soundtrack, then what's the movie?' Glad you asked!  Yesterday I heard on the radio that developers want to make a god-awful casino-resort-hotel-theme-park on 420 acres of sacred Navajo land overlooking the Grand Canyon.  So, that made me think of this plot:

"Woman, wife, mother of two teenage boys in their late teens, living in New England, learns of the developers plan to destroy an American icon by building on the GC.  Being part Navajo, she knows she has  a say in the matter, so she gathers up her family, who haven't been on a road trip in years, and get them all to head out across country.  Along the way, they learn more about America, each other, she tells them stories her grandmother told her about the Navajo ways of life, of spirits of the ancestors.   Various hilarity ensues (as it always does in road movies) and eventually they come to the Navajo meeting where they infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of Yankee sass!

"But that's just the idea in my head.  It's your movie . . . make it yours!

"Here's to many wonderful adventures, Bethany and Co.!"


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