Saturday, May 17, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
Bermuda on Route 66 - Stan Stokes

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Historic Route 66 - Kevin Middleton
Where have you been since 1964? 
Did you make it 
out of the valley, 
out of the state, 
out of the country, 
out of this world? 
No, we'd have known had 
you become an astronaut.
Tell us all about it in August.

“Only it seems to me that once in your life before 
you die you ought to see a country where they 
don't talk in English and don't even want to.”
Thornton Wilder

  Our Town 
“I am not the same having seen the moon
 shine on the other side of the world.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

Travelin' Man
Reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100;
The flip side "Hello Mary Lou", reached number
nine on the same chart.

“Books are the plane, and the train,
and the road.
They are the destination,
and the journey.
They are home.”
Anna Quindlen
How Reading Changed My Life
Route 66 - Randall Weidener

I'm Moving On
Reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
 and stayed there for 21 weeks, tying the record.
 It was the first of seven number-one Billboard 
country hits Hank Snow scored throughout his 
career on that chart.
Until 2013 I'm Moving On was one of three songs
 in the history of the Billboard country charts 
to spend 21 weeks at #1.
Hank Snow - 1950

“The journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu
 Far Away Places
A popular song from 1948 and 
recorded by many artists.
Bing Crosby - 1948
Lasted 18 weeks on the chart, 
peaking at #2
Margaret Whiting - 1948
Lasted 15 weeks on the chart, 
peaking at #3
Perry Como - 1949
Lasted 16 weeks on the chart, 
peaking at #6
Dinah Shore - 1949
#28 on its only week on the chart
Sam Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits 
between 1957 and 1964, and a further
 three after his death in 1964.
Sam Cooke - 1960
“Why do you go away? 
 So that you can come back. 
 So that you can see the place you 
came from with new eyes and extra colors. 
 And the people there see you differently, too. 
 Coming back to where you started is 
not the same as never leaving.”
Terry Pratchett
  A Hat Full of Sky

 I've Been Everywhere
Originally an Australian song by an
Australian songwriter. When offered to
Hank Snow it was suggested the names be
changed to North American place names.
Reached #1 on the Country Music Chart.

Hank Snow - 1962

Here's where Hank has traveled
in I've Been Everywhere:
First verse
Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
Bangor, Baltimore, El Salvador,
Amarillo, Tocopilla, Barranquilla and Padilla.

Second verse
Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa,
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
Grand Lake, Devils Lake and Crater Lake.

Third verse
Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport, 
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport,
 Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina,
Pasadena and Catalina.

Fourth verse
Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg,
Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg,
El Dorado, Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw,
Chattanooga, Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
Sioux City, Cedar City and Dodge City.

Steak and Shake - Lee Knox

 Ramblin' Man
The B-side to the 1953 #1 hit
"Take These Chains from My Heart".
Features Williams' trademark "yodel".
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
Route 66 - Shari Paris
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry,
and narrow-mindedness, and many of our
people need it sorely on these accounts.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men
and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in
one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
Mark Twain
The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
Route 66 - Mauro Sardini
“The traveler sees what he sees. 
The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
G.K. Chesterton

Route 66
 Television series that ran from 1960 to 1964 
with two young men who traveled across 
America in a Chevrolet Corvette sports car.
The theme song (released on disc in 1962)
for the show earned two Grammy nominations 
in 1962.  One of the first television theme 
songs to make Billboard's Top 30.
Nelson Riddle - 1962
 “...there ain't no journey what don't change you some.”
David Mitchell

  Cloud Atlas
Route 66 Diner- Don Stambler

Christina Rossetti

DOES the road wind uphill all the way? 
Yes, to the very end. 
Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
 From morn to night, my friend. 

But is there for the night a resting-place?
 A roof for when the slow, dark hours begin. 
May not the darkness hide it from my face? 
You cannot miss that inn. 

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? 
Those who have gone before. 
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? 
They will not keep you waiting at that door. 

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? 
Of labour you shall find the sum.
 Will there be beds for me and all who seek? 
Yea, beds for all who come.
San Fadel, New Mexico on Route 66 - Chris Easly
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
Hans Christian Andersen

  The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

1 comment:

  1. Good One!!! at least he was in WVA (Hank Snow's song)...Parkersburg and wonder if that was Charleston Wva.any way I like he music !!jmc.