I flew to Salt Lake City, rented a red Nissan Versa and headed up to West Yellowstone for the Tenkara Summit (which was mentioned in a previous post). It was the first time in my life that I’d seen that much sustained and rolling beauty in one drive. Never in my life had I ever see this much of the “West,” despite the fact that I come from a place so far west that if you travel any further in that direction you end up in sea water; Long Beach is not the kind of place that conjures up the Old West.
Then it began. The music in my head. Most of it was twangy and a little country. It just seemed to fit as I drove by bales of alfalfa hay and beat up pick-up trucks. At the next stop I cobbled together a playlist of songs to compliment the trip.
(An astute ear might be able to hear that none of these songs are particularly new and that’s because I haven’t updated my iPod in about a year.)
- Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines
- Drive-By Truckers – Righteous Path
- Kathleen Edwards – In State
- Bright Eyes – Four Winds
- Wilco – Jesus, Etc.
- Dan Auerbach – Mean Monsoon
- Billy Bragg & Wilco – Hot Rod Hotel
- Kathleen Edwards – Goodnight, California
I also compiled a YouTube playlist for those of you that don’t want to hunt for yourself.