Each year that we have done the American West experience, participants have brought their own music and we have each learned diversity. There are however, certain songs and recordings that are so definitely "American" and geographically significant. It would be hard to imagine not having certain patriotic songs like "Proud To Be An American" on the Fourth of July or Jo Dee Messina's "Heads Carolina-Tails California" available for certain special times.
In an effort to provide an opportunity for each participant to share their creativity with the other members of the trip, I would like to invite you to create a list of recordings that you feel are relative and special for this summer's trip.
Most of you know someone who has a CD Burner and since the vans are equipped with CD players, coupled with the abundance of MP3's on the Internet, the invitation and challenge is out for you to:
Create Your Very Own American Odyssey CD!
Consider it the first of a series of American Odyssey Road Rules.
Some of the recordings that have made the American West List include:
Jo Dee Messina "Heads Carolina- Tails California"
Dave Matthews Band "One Sweet World"
ZZ Top "Viva Las Vegas" and "Heads in Mississippi"
Alan Jackson "Chattahoochee"
Kathy Mattea "Grand Canyon"
Lynard Skynnard "Sweet Home Alabama"
Mammas & Papas "California Dreaming"
Willie Nelson "On The Road Again"
Grateful Dead "Truckin"
Indigo Girls "Southland In The Springtime"
Faith Hill "Lets Go To Vegas"
The Who "Magic Bus"
The Pointer Sisters "We Are Family"
Steppenwolf "Magic Carpet Ride"
Michael W. Smith "Friends Are Friends Forever"
George Strait "Ataleya"
Tim McGraw "Refried Beans"
George Strait "All My Ex's Live in Texas" and "Oceanfront Property"
James Taylor "Carolina On My Mind" & "Mexico"
The Eagles "Take It To The Limit" and "Louisiana Saturday Night"
Lee Ann Womack "I Hope You Will Dance"
Don't forget to include: Christian Music, your favorite Christian MIDIS and Hymns, your favorite Fourth of July songs, and you may want to include some of your favorite Christmas Carols. More about that later. Good Luck with the Challenge. Remember to have fun with this assignment because we will all be listening to these for many, many miles.