We should be getting back soon. Here’s the last batch of music meanwhile:
“Saint Mary of the Woods” by James McMurtry
“Small Car” by Marvin Pontiac
“Dashboard” by Modest Mouse
We’re on a road trip through the Southwest so I don’t have any hiking updates for you. So here’s some music for you instead.
Jesse Sykes is an unbelievable singer from Seattle. Her lyrics paired with Phil Wandscher’s guitar work are brilliantly heartbreaking. Jim White has done many things in life from fashion modeling to driving taxi cabs, being a pro-surfer, film-maker and God knows what. I like his music though. And The Deadly Gentlemen are a very talented group of musicians who like to sing fascinating “bluegrass rap.”
Early in the morning, getting ready for a long drive to Marin County, I dug through the CDs in the car to find something that would be worthy of this beautiful journey. Fortunately, I found an old gem; Johnny Cash Live At San Quentin.
Driving on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge with Johnny Cash shaking the windows of the car, I noticed San Quentin State Penitentiary straight in front of me, Mt Tamalpais beyond it and a golden California sunrise silhouetting the bridge in my rear view mirror. This was one of the few times I really enjoyed how this bridge looks and the views it offers.
Live At San Quentin is an amazing recording and it would probably make my “desert island” CD list. I particularly like the song “I Don’t Know Where I’m Bound” written by a San Quentin inmate that Johnny Cash sang for the first time on this recording. The introduction to the song says it all.
Of course I can’t just share just one Johnny Cash song with you. 😀 In my mind, he was the original Punk musician. Punk country before Punk anything. I’ve included his fantastic cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.”