March 16, 2014 by Kaitlin
Plenty of clever lyrics in this batch of mostly newish songs. Included in them is Parker Millsap’s shout-out to Tucumcari in the opening line of his “Truckstop Gospel.” The place sounded instantly familiar. I thought the memory may have stemmed from a road sign I’d passed many times growing up on summer trips to East Texas, but no, the internet told me, that was Lake Tawakoni.
My brain kinda had the right idea, just in the wrong state. Tucumcari is right off I-40 in eastern New Mexico, another place I’ve passed by plenty of times en route from Dallas to Los Angeles. Despite the compelling billboard campaign, I’ve never stopped. Maybe next time. It does after all, have the distinction of being the largest city between Amarillo and Albuquerque. The population that gives it this acclaim? Just over 5,000 people.
I like moments like these, when a lyric that may or may not have any deeper meaning besides fitting in a song (how many other truck stop towns rhyme with “…Bible that I carry?”) lead you down a rabbit hole of old memories and new bits of knowledge that are crazy to me. Ok, so Amarillo and Albuquerque are only 285 miles apart. I’ve driven all over the American west. I should have a handle on its vastness. But nope, clearly not.
But this month, whether you’re out in the void, or penned in by traffic, at least you’ll have something to listen to.
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October 7, 2013 by Kaitlin
A couple of things. October playlist is late. For the first time in 13 months, I didn’t get a playlist up on the first. I meant to get it up by the fifth (figuring it was kinda like rent…if you got it in by the fifth, you’re technically on time), but failed on that too. However, the fact that I’ve managed to post a 20-song playlist a month, every month for one whole year means I’m giving myself some leeway for October. It’s an consistency / promptness balance I can deal with.
I have playlists for almost every month going back through 2007. Before that, they existed in the form of CDs I used to burn and pass around to the four or five college friends who were interested. I’m certain those older lists were much more scrutinized, every song teeming with significance, every artist researched, every track order carefully considered. Now, if I hear 45 seconds of a song that perks up my ears, there’s a good chance it’s going on the mix. Again, it’s a balance, and again I hope I’m somewhere in between thoughtful and spontaneous.
So this month you’ll find yet another mix of old and new–the new coming from more informed friends than me, and the the old being mostly reminders of songs that resurfaced during a September visit to the most prompt, on schedule and midwestern music festival I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.
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