Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday Crosscurrents 7/6

Host - John Gaguine

To start, a few America songs during 4th of July week

Eva Cassidy - American Tune (Paul Simon)
Simon and Garfunkel - America
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
Grand Funk RR - We're An American Band
Jay and the Americans - Only in America

A Canadian view -

American Woman - Guess Who

Morning Edition had a story this morning about violence on the US - Mexico border. Here's a song about the subject from more innocent times -

Jay and the Americans - Come a Little Bit Closer

Songs inspired by my recent road trip -

Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Whitefish Point on Lake Superior, site of many shipwrecks); Canadian RR Trilogy (the other Canadian anthem)

Lightfoot - Mountains and Marianne (Canadian Rockies)
Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds; The French Girl; Un Canadien Errant

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Woodstock (Joni Mitchell) (I was there in 1969, and visited it again recently)

Crystal Gayle - Miss the Mississippi and You (Lake Itasca, headwaters of the Mississippi)
Jerry Jeff Walker - Mississippi, You've Been on my Mind (Jesse Winchester)

Bob Dylan (with Johnny Cash) - Girl from the North Country (Dylan grew up in Hibbing, in northern Minnesota)

Bruce Springsteen - Shenandoah, Erie Canal

In Vancouver on Canada Day, July 1, right in the middle of downtown, they had what was basically a farmer's market for marijuana - people walking around selling various strains of dope. It was amazing! So here are two songs about bringing marijuana into the US -

Arlo Guthrie - Coming into Los Angeles
New Riders of the Purple Sage - Henry

High water and flooding from ND west -

Bob Dylan - Watching the River Flow, Down in the Flood

Ian and Sylvia - The Mighty Quinn (Dylan)

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