Why they were chosen Road Trip CD 1 California – …

Why they were chosen Road Trip CD 1

California Joni Mitchell – Obvious… he’s DRIVING to California. Not so obvious… James Taylor plays guitar on this tune. When I was in college, I listened to this album (vinyl) repeatedly while drinking cheap wine. I have fond memories that I associate with this entire CD. Perhaps, my son will have some as he listens to this song on his big adventure.

The Long and Winding RoadThe Beatles – Obvious…. He’s on the long and winding road. Not so obvious… it’s from Let It Be – Naked. We both got goose bumps the first time we heard this version.

Shoot The MoonFour Way Street – Obvious… a Philly local band, Scott Bricklin and his brother Brian, or maybe it was the other way around, produced The Freakin’ Cads Escape from Philly. Not so obvious – Jim Boggia and Ben Arnold are also part of Four Way Street, an obvious reference to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. “Once in a while your dreams come true…”

Wanted, Dead Or AliveMr Andy – Obvious… It’s my favorite karaoke tune, something to be remembered by. Not so obvious… Oh yes, I do karaoke – badly, but I do it. And I’ve seen some amazing performances, as has my son. I want him to laugh as he listens and remembers nights like Petey doing White Snake and Neal doing Livin’ La Vida Loca. Oh, and, Mr. Andy’s version just reeks of karaoke.

Rocksteady Marc Broussard – Obvious… Marc Broussard ROCKS! Not so obvious… Dooner actually worked an event where Marc Broussard performed and was pleasantly surprised by the guy’s talent and demeanor! AND a very special Christmas present.

Come On! Feel the IllinoiseSufian Stevens – Obvious… another special Christmas present. Not so obvious… Dude, you can’t be on the road trip of a lifetime and not listen to a song about Illinois. Plus the album was recorded in Clarksboro – right down 295 from where I work!

In A DaydreamFreddy Jones Band – Obvious… What compilation disc is complete without a Freddy Jones tune. Not so obvious… The lyrics – “The sky is calling, Calling out my name. Telling me just to stay, Stay and don’t go away. I’m already in, In a daydream.” But go, my son, go where no Petti has gone before!

Honey Don’t Leave L.A.James Taylor – Obvious… It’s James and it’s about leaving LA. Not so obvious… It’s James.

Several ThousandJim Boggia – Obvious… “Every time I see you I’m exalted.” Lyrics, of course. There is nothing like the feeling I get when my son croshes the threshold! Not so obvious… Dooner drove to Manayunk in a snow storm to get this CD for me as a Christmas present.

Teach Your ChildrenCrosby Stills Nash and Young – Obvious… we all want our kids to continue to honor the values we’ve instilled in them. Not so obvious… Dooner went with Neal to a CSN concert. They had 1 front row seat so they took turns sitting there. Dooner was young – maybe 15, 16. As CSN sang this song, Graham Nash noticed Dooner in the front row, reached down and shook his hand, saying “We’ve got some young ones here tonight.” When he came home, he woke me up to tell me about it. How cool is that!

Corner of the Sky – (from Pippin) – obvious… Lyrics “Every man has his daydreams. Every man has his goal. People like the way dreams have of sticking to the soul. Thunderclouds have their lightning. Nightingales have their song. And don’t you see I want my life to be something more than long…. Rivers belong where they can ramble. Eagles belong where they can fly. I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free. Got to find my corner of the sky”. Not so obvious… One of our favorites as a musical. When Bo Bice was on American Idol, they had to sing show tunes and Dooner thought “If II were Bo, I’d sing ‘Corner of the Sky’.” Bo sang it. Yah – my son can totally do TV… no problem!

So Far AwayCarole King – obvious… Lyrics “So far away. Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore. It would be so fine to see your face at my door. It doesn’t help to know, you’re just time away.” Not so obvious… I miss Dooner (I’ve missed him for a year) but I want him to live his life and be successful. If it means being ‘So Far Away’, so be it.

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by YouJames Taylor – Obvious… It’s James. Not so obvious… Dooner and I share some pretty insane taste in music. James has been common ground for many, many years.

Silver LiningBonnie Raitt – Obvious… It’s a David Gray tune. Not so obvious… Lyrics “Step into the silence, take it in your own two hands. And sprinkle it like diamonds all across these lands. Blaze it in the morning. Wear it like an iron skin. Only things worth living for are innocence and magic, amen” You make your own magic, you make your own life. Why Bonnie Raitt? Why not?

Jesus on the GrillWilly Porter – Obvious… a travel song. Not so obvious… we really dug Willy Porter when we saw him at Apple Farm. Funny thing, on his trip out to LA, A jackelope got all up in Dooner’s grill. I called him up and parodied the words to this song, singing “I saw rabbit on the grille…” ah well – you had to be there.

New HorizonsDavid Gray – Obvious… It’s David Gray… again no road trip cd can be complete without David Gray. Not so obvious… lyrics “Weight on my shoulders but I’m walking so tall out into the new horizon. Wonder in everything no matter how great or small.” How cool, a great big new adventure.

SupermanFive for Fighting – Obvious… “I can’t stand to fly. I’m not that naïve. I’m just out to find the better part of me.” Well, sure, Dooner. Take this opportunity to find what you’re made of. Not so obvious… I met John Ondrasik at Singer-Song writer weekend. He’s pretty down to earth. Like Dooner.

Traffic JamJames Taylor – Obvious… It’s James… Not so obvious… I wanted to let Dooner know that I knew it would be a tough trip, not just because of traffic. It would be a real test of stamina and patience. We all know how patient Dooner can be.

All That You DreamLittle Feat – Obvious… Well it IS Little Feat, after all. Not so obvious… “All, all that you dream comes to shine in silver lining. And clouds, clouds change the scene. Rain starts washing all these cautions right into your life, make you realize just what is true. What else can I do just follow the rule keep your eyes on the road that’s ahead of you.” Just do it!



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8 responses to “Why they were chosen Road Trip CD 1 California – …

  1. Dooner

    Mom…I love you. Thanks for understanding I needed to do this. Thank you for supporting me, even though it was difficult sending your only child 3,000 miles away. Thank you for the qualities you have instilled in me. I learned by watching you. Thank you for being the raddest mom on the planet. Thank you, thank you, thank you…you are simply the best! I wouldn’t be here without you. Obvious…well, you gave birth to me. Not so obvious…I am who I am because I have the greatest parents that any man could ever ask for.

  2. Jill

    This isn’t really a comment, so much as a question. When you mention Dooner on your site, do you mean Dooner Smith, former lead singer of the Freakin’ Cads?

    The reason I ask is because I used to live in Philly, and I was a big fan of the band. I now live in Toronto, and recently cracked my only copy of their second album, “Escape from Philly.” I’ve been trying desperately to buy another one, without success.

    So, I thought if your Dooner is THE Dooner, this might be a good place to see if I can beg, cajole, bribe, buy, or otherwise get my hands on another copy of the “Escape from Philly” album.

    And if I got it wrong, and you’ve never heard of Dooner Smith, then I apologize for troubling you.

    Thank you.

  3. Hi Jill – yes it is THE Dooner. He’s my son. I’ll find out how you can get a CD. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. spanky

    dooner is famous!!!

  5. spanky

    and he seems to really love and respect you, that is great!

  6. Heather

    A mom who puts Sufjan on a mix CD is hella cool.

  7. I’m just a mom who likes good music.

  8. spanky

    Aw peg……thanks for the invite over here….yesterday was a bit of a rough patch.

    so what is everyones weekend plans?

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