Here in the US, with many schools having started, vacations done and work starting heavily next week, and Fall college semesters having begun, we’re convinced this is the last week of Summer. Try as you might to point to a date a few weeks into September but we see our Summer ending. For those countries where August is a month of holiday, I’d imagine they feel about the same right about now.
With the heavy emphasis on getting back to work, next week, those in the industry who frequently travel will be starting, yet again, to do their sales visits, attend conferences, go to out-of-town workshops, and make trips to visit their customers’ projects.
As it happens, I have an unnatural interest in travel-related music and, a few years ago, had come up with a plan to collect all the travel-related music I have access to. For anyone else who thinks this might be fun, I’m starting my list and welcome others to use the comments area to add to the list.
- “King of the Road” by Roger Miller.
- “I Live in a Suitcase” by Thomas Dolby, which I adopted as my theme song when I worked for Fisons Instruments.
- “Security Joan” by Donald Fagen.
- “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Jim Weatherly, but more famously recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
- “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver, but more famously recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary.
- “Jet Airliner” by Paul Pena and recorded by the Steve Miller Band.
- “Travelin’ Light” by Johnny Mercer, James Mundy and James “trummy” Young, probably most famously recorded by Billie Holiday. I seem to think there are other songs out there by this same name, as well.
Here’s a list of songs devoted to those of you who ask those of us who travel if we “like to travel” and, if we did, would there be so many blues songs about “travelin’”:
- “Travelin’ Blues” by Jim Messina and recorded by Loggins & Messina.
- “Travelin’ Blues” by Merle Haggard.
- “Travelin’ Blues” by Lefty Frizzel.
- “Travelin’ Blues” by T-BoneWalker.