Music and adventure

Music and adventure, adventure and music, the two have always been tied together, inseparably intertwined. The greatest music of any time has come from stealing the ideas of another culture via travel. Consider Dick Dales “misirlou”. During a performance, Dale was bet by a young fan that he could not play a song on only one string of his guitar. Dale’s father and uncles were Lebanese-American musicians, and Dale remembered seeing his uncle play “Misirlou” on one string of the oud. He vastly increased the song’s tempo to make it into surf. It was Dale’s  version that introduced “Misirlou” to a wider audience in the United States.

Recently while fumbling around the internet, I came across a blog proclaiming to have the “10 best travel songs of all time”, although most of the songs were so old I didn’t even know the artist (and I like to think I have a pretty eclectic musical taste) but one song really stood out to me. That song was Simon and Garfunkel’s “homeward bound”. The song features some slow chords, melodic rhythms and a mellow voicing. All of this with the songs blissful lyrics which cry of a desire to be done traveling make it one of the best adventure, or wish to end one, songs of all time.

“Everyday’s an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger’s face I see
Reminds me that I long to be
Homeward bound”

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  1. I had a classmate who used this song to support his slide show (yes, with slides) on Odysseus….worked very well.
    What is you analyzed one or two of the lyrics?


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