Monday, April 2, 2007

This Desert Life

I just returned from a fantastic three day weekend at Joshue Tree National Park in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day. Those scorching tempteratures, cool oases, prickly Cholla cacti, and gigantic boulders set my mind to a burning question - what do you listen to in the desert?

<--- The J-Tree itself

A reoccuring song for the weekend happened to be Friends in Low Places (...where the wiskey runs through the oooooaaasis...) by Garth Brooks, but we figured some Johnny Cash, The Doors, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, and America might be appropriate. Here are a couple I came up with:

The Doors - Riders on the Storm - Its got some rainy sounds in it, but it could also be a dust storm...

America - Horse With No Name - I need not explain

Counting Crows - High Life - "Oh this desert life, this high life..."

Counting Crows - Mrs. Potter's Lullaby - The part about going out to the desert to lie down beneath this mold of stars is pretty appropriate - the stars were awesome out there!

The Allman Brothers Band - Back Where It All Began - "travel out across the burning sand..."

Beastie Boys - Paul Revere - awesome desert story telling

What are some other good desert songs? Let me know about em!



Bryan said...

All good choices man. I had a similar experience with Mrs Potter's Lullaby when I was in Colorado doing some hiking after freshman year at school.

I tend to think of Gram Parsons' Grievious Angel, especially because he died in the very park you visited. Check out the last paragraph of his Wikipedia entry:

Maybe you were there?

Gerdon said...

Wow, that's pretty sweet. I did not see the burning site, but I see why Gram was so enthralled by the park.