It started as a standard Facebook update, but as I was tapping away at the miniature keys on my phone's screen, it morphed into an impromptu contest.
So the question is, what song was going through my head?
First, let's take a look at some of the interesting responses. I'm not sure if this is more like relationship analysis or psychological evaluation. But, since I'm not qualified to do either one, we'll just do it for the amusement value.
The two most popular, and I might add, most predictable responses were: Take Me Home, Country Road, by John Denver, and On the Road Again, by Willie Nelson. Good guesses, since I was tired. But I was not tired enough to resort to predictable. So, while they are iconic, those were not correct.
There were several notable, but incorrect, guesses that were excellent choices for this contest. Already Gone, by the Eagles, Carry On, by Kansas, and Flirtin' With Disaster, by Molly Hatchet, all landed squarely in my generation's music. These songs also hit the transient mood associated with traveling.
I didn't see the railroad or trucker songs coming, but there were several. Any of those could have been a good choice for this contest. In fact, there were a lot of popular and spiritual songs about traveling that I had forgotten existed until someone posted them as a guess. There were even a couple that I did not recognize.
Then there were the sneaky entries, the Misty Mountain song and The Road Goes Ever On. Songs from the Hobbit movies are always on my mind as I travel in the mountains. There are some deeply personal reasons for this. First is that I really like those movies. Second is they are richly associated with good memories of good times with our kids. The first Hobbit movie was in theaters when we visited Japan at Christmas time in 2012. It was the year that our youngest went off to college. And we saw that movie with all of the kids, in Japan. It was a fabulous visit. You could probably write a psychology doctoral thesis on all that goes through my mind and emotions when I watch that movie and/or hear the Misty Mountain song. Excellent choices, but not correct in this instance.
Well, enough with sappy soul baring. The winning song is Turn The Page, by Bob Seger.
But your thoughts will soon be wandering, the way they always do
When you're riding sixteen hours and there's nothing there to do
And you don't feel much like riding, you just wish the trip was through
Here I am, on a road again
There I am, on the stage
Here I go, playing star again
There I go, turn the page
Don't try to read too much into the meaning. It's the melancholy sentiment of post-adventure traveling that took me there. "Turn the page" is such a good word picture in my mind and it is neatly bundled with a somber tune.
I'm not sure what part of my post led Lindsay to this song. Do we have parallel music tastes? Could he have remembered some random conversation from three decades ago? I don't know, but the winner is Lindsay Miller!
CONGRATULATIONS! LINDSAY MILLER!
All prizes must be picked up in person at our warehouse. (Just kidding!) Lindsay, please email or private message your mailing address to me. Your copy of TIME ZONE will be sent out to you as soon as we have them available.
Thank you to all the contestants!
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