Thursday, July 26, 2007

Top 5 Songs of the Great Outdoors

What would these guys be listening to while enjoying some lips and assholes?


It's summer-time (though fading fast), so strap the kayak on top of the car, lace up those hiking boots, and double back that climbing harness. It's time to head out into the Great Outdoors! The summer breeze and Bryan's apt description of King Harvest got me thinking about some other great songs that put me in the mood to get my hands dirty and get out into nature. I know you feel the same way, so what are you listening to as you cruise down the highway in the Winnebago? What do you listen to in the office to take your mind off fluorescent lights and back on sun tans? What makes you yearn for the sweet nectar of Mother Earth? What are your

TOP 5 Song of the Great Outdoors

I can't think of too many stipulations (anything by John Denver is marginally uncreative), so have it. Give us all some songs to put us in the spirit.

AG


A slightly more inspiring image for your musings

22 comments:

ryan said...

FIRST!!!

1. Grateful Dead - Cumberland Blues: Anytime I go camping or anything outdoors, usually the first CD I like to play is Europe '72. This is the first song off the disc. I love it.

2. Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke): I like more jam band-ish songs. They usually make me think of the outdoors more than anything. This is another camping fave. The version off the Kicking Television live set is killer.

3. Dave Matthews Band - Best of What's Around: I think a long time ago I listened to this song A LOT at the beach, so now it makes me think of the beach.

4. Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely!: I love this song so much I'd give just about anything to gather in Centennial Park here in Nashville and sing this song a capella together. Can anyone set this up??

5. Jimmy Buffet - A Pirate Looks at 40: Now you've gone and made me sad. I wanna be at the beach now.

aren said...

1. Allman Brothers Band - Blue Sky: Probably an obvious choice, but its such a damn good one. The earthy sounds of ABB and thoughts of blue skies puts me outside.

2. Widespread Panic - Thin Air: I don't know if its because of the time I bought this album or maybe a concert I went to, but this song heralds the coming us a hot and sticky summer outside in the south. "It feels like Mississippi."

3. Cast Iron Filter - American Motel: Fantastic imagery of the Smokey Mountains and their country/bluegrass sound adds to it. Listened to this on the drive to Roan Mountain and the whole car was diggin it.

4. Alabama - Dixieland Delight: Maybe another obvious choice, but the red tail hawk and croakin bullfrog get me yearning for the open trail.

5. James Taylor - September Grass: This one is all about the coming of fall and leaves changing. It's beautiful sight in the south...no trees in SoCal...damn.

Bryan said...

Man, I've been going around and around on this one, so I just better post it:

1. The Band -- King Harvest: See blog.

2. Gram Parson/THe Byrds -- Hickory Wind: Great opener, "In South Carolina, there are many tall pines/I remember the oak trees that we used to climb." Maybe one day I'll post the Gillian Welch version of this song.

3. The Dead - Sugar Magnolia: Good call on The Dead. Not a huge Weir fan really, but this is a good song full of fluffy, hippy outdoor imagery. That Europe 72 disc is classic, no doubt.

4. The Truckers -- Bulldozers and Dirt: Not much about the outdoors really, but this song always reminds me of my childhood. I played in a lot of dirt as a kid. Sometimes just working/playing outside in the dirt is good enough, ya know?

5. The Indigo Girls -- Worldfalls: Hey, these girls are good and they invoke tons of nature in their songs. I could pick from a bunch, but this time I'll go with this good one from Indians, Nomads and Saints.

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Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Dead's Scarlett Begonias and Buffett's Conky Tonkin'

Rose said...

Ahem, aren't top fives supposed to be posted on a myspace bullentin for all of us non-frequent kgb-ers? (Not me, of course, but others I know...)

Rose said...

This is a hard one...

1. Counting Crows- Mr. Jones

2. Tom Petty- Free Fallin

3. KT Tunstall- Other Side of the World

4. Dave Matthews Band- Ants Marching

5. Frou Frou- Let Go

I am too hungry to put reasons, except that Rose is awesome.

aren said...

Rose, I posted a comment on your myspace page about the Top 5!!! That should certainly remind you and all your friends about it.

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