Life is a journey, not a destination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today, rather than addressing a particular direction (or set of directions), I’ve decided to devote a post to song titles which suggest the means of travelling in that direction (or those directions). I’ve also decided to structure the examples chosen in the form of a quiz. First, some clues. Then the answer (song title) in a jumble. If you’re still stumped, the jumbled answer will link to the song. See how many titles you can identify before checking for the answer. Here’s an example…
The O’Jays were able to ride this single to #1 in 1973. The song was subsequently covered by The Rolling Stones, Hall & Oates and The Chipmunks!
Did you arrive at the correct answer?
So, here we go (officially)…
Not heard so much these days… but Christopher Cross not only achieved #1 status with this song in August of 1980, he subsequently also won a Grammy Award (1981) for Best Recording, Best Song, Best Arrangement and Best New Artist. Not too shoddy for a newbie, eh?
Too easy? How about a song recorded by such diverse artists as Mahalia Jackson, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash and Beyoncé? We’re going old school in our travels with this one…
So… let’s move ahead…at least in our mode of transportation. (Sir) Elton John has enjoyed a musical longevity rare in popular music. This was one of his earlier efforts (with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1972) and it reached #6 in the U.S. and #2 in Britain.
Moving right along… we’re travellin’ real fancy with this one. And back… to 1943. Credit (or blame) Rogers and Hammerstein for the ongoing popularity of this song and the musical from which it comes.
That last one was a more private mode of transport. The Hollies, being egalitarian sorts, preferred more public conveyance with this 1966 hit. Although it only charted #5 in the U.S. it reached #1 here in Canada (yay Canada!)
Speaking of Canada, here’s relatively recent (2011) song by Winnipeg-born singer/songwriter Sara Dell. Chances are that you’ve never heard it before (I just happened upon it this morning [courtesy of the CBC])… but fortunately the title is fairly short… and thematically appropriate!
Another singer/songwriter. Tracy Chapman had several hits but none bigger than this tale of travel. It reached #6 in the U.S. (but #1 in Canada!) in 1988 and won her a Grammy the following year (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance).
Final question. And who better than good ol’ Stevie Miller to bring it home (and notice how he gets you there). Crank up your speakers and listen to this #8 hit from 1977.
So how did you score? After all that travel put up your feet and relax with JT…