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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Great Divide - Soundtrack

Over the past seven months, I've written 30 posts about my 2021 ride of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, in addition to 12 earlier posts about my preparations. Most include a reference to a song that helped me understand and express a particular experience. Relevant lyrics from such a song appear at the top of each post and a link to a complete video clip at the bottom. The song then becomes part of the story.

That's a lot of material over a long time. So, I decided to put all that together in a single post. Below are the lyrics quote and video clip of the song from each Great Divide post that had one. Now, I can go to one place to listen to all the music telling the story of my Great Divide ride. The title above the lyrics is a link to the corresponding post, in case the music triggers a desire to read the narrative. 

A. Prologue

1. Dreams
And oh, my dreams, it's never quite as it seems, never quite as it seems
I want more, impossible to ignore, impossible to ignore
And they'll come true, impossible not to do, impossible not to do
Dreams, Noel Hogan & Delores O'Riordan (1992)

Dreams, Cranberries (1992)

2. Gear List Plan (3 very different interpretations of the same song)
When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad.
My Favorite Things, Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers (1959)

My Favorite Things, The Sound Of Music featuring Julia Andrews (1961)
The 1960's classic rendition of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound Of Music.

My Favorite Things, Pentatonix (2020)
For the 21st century crowd, a steam punk, Alice In WonderLand version of "My Favorite Things."

My Favorite Things, John Coltrane (1961)
For an evening around the fire, jazz legend John Coltrane playing "My Favorite Things."

I tried everything in my life, things I like, I try 'em twice,
You got that right, you sure got that right.
You Got That Right, Steve Gaines & Ronnie Van Zant (1978)

You Got That Right, Lynyard Skynyrd, live (1977)

4. Bike Plan 
No need to ask, he's a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth Operator, Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman & Raymond St. John (1984)

Smooth Operator, Sade live (2011)

And be a simple kind of man,
Oh, be something you love and understand.
Simple Man, Gary Rossington & Ronnie Von Zant (1973) 

Simple Man, Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

A dream written down with a date becomes a goal,
A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan,
A plan backed by action makes your dreams reality.

Gonna Fly Now, Theme Song from Rocky (1976)

Elwood:  It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.
Jake:  Hit it.
Elwood Blues and Joliet Jake Blues, The Blues Brothers (1980)

Peter Gunn Theme, The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack (1980).

For the full effect, here's the scene from the Blues Brother's movie, with the Peter Gunn theme song, Carrie Fisher as the Mystery Woman, and the "Hit It" quote.
The Blues Brothers, featuring Carrie Fisher as The Mystery Woman (1980).

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends,
Oh, I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends.
With A Little Help From My Friends, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (1967)

With A Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles (1967).

We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I'm really with you now, or just chasin' after some finer day
Anticipation, anticipation, is makin' me wait, is keepin' me waiting
Anticipation, Carly Simon (1971)

Anticipation, Carly Simon (1971)

B. Rideologue

The bells were ringing, our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy day
Ba de ya, say do you remember?
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, golden dreams were shiny days
September, Maurice White & Allee Willis (1978)

September, Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

Everybody has a September in their life
You know that first time you heard God's voice
So you felt His love
So no matter what season you're in right now
After winter comes spring
So, if you love my Jesus, help me sing
Ba de ya, tell me you remember
Ba de ya, when your heart felt like September
You still had the joy and God was just a prayer away
September, Kirk Franklin (2007)

September, Kirk Franklin (2007)

In ways I can't explain and can't deny, the little that I have He multiples
Just when I feel He won't show up on time, God provides
God Provides, Kirk Franklin (2016) 

God Provides, Tamela Mann (2016)

Look for the bare necessities,the simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities, old mother nature's recipes
That bring the bare necessities of life
The Bare Necessities, Terry Gilkyson (1967)

The Bare Necessities, The Jungle Book (1967)

No, I cannot forget from where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be
Small Town, John Mellencamp (1985)

Small Town, John Mellencamp (1985)

You got to try a little kindness, yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness, then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
Try A Little Kindness, Curt Sapaugh & Bobby Austin (1970)

Try A Little Kindness, Glen Campbell (1970)

You should've been gone, knowing how I made you feel
And I should've been gone, after all your words of steel
Oh, Sherrie, holds on, holds on, holds on
Oh, Sherrie, holds on, holds on, holds on
Oh, Sherrie, Steve Perry, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf & Bill Cuomo (1984)

Oh, Sherrie, Steve Perry (1984)

It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log
Hard Day's Night, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (1964)

Hard Day's Night, The Beatles (1964)

Oh, a storm is threat'ning, my very life today
If I don't get some shelter, oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away
Gimme Shelter, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (1969)

Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones (1969)

Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones (2003)
Live, 30+ years after releasing the original.
They just keep on rocking.

Obi Wan Kenobi. Obi Wan.
Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.
Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars (1977)

Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars (1977)

Into the great wide open, under them skies of blue
Out in the great wide open, a rebel without a clue
Into The Great Wide Open, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty (1991) 

Into The Great Wide Open, Tom Petty & The HeartBreakers (1991)

You say yes, I say no
You say stop, and I say go, go, go
Ooh, no, you say goodbye and I say hello
Hello, Goodbye, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (1967)

Hello, Goodbye, The Beatles (1967)

Roads go ever, ever on, under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone, turn at last to home afar.
The Lord Of The Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (1949)

There And Back Again, The Hobbit (2012)

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head.
White Rabbit, Grace Slick (1967)

White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane live at Woodstock (1969)

The sun is shining in the sky
There ain't a cloud in sight
It's stopped raining, everybody's in the play
And don't you know, it's a beautiful new day
Mr. Blue Sky, Jeff Lynne (1977)

Mr. Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven't changed, haven't much to say
But man, I still think them cats are great
The Boys Are Back In Town, Phil Lynott (1976)

The Boys Are Back In Town, Thin Lizzy live (1976)

And oh, my dreams, it's never quite as it seems, never quite as it seems.
I want more, impossible to ignore, impossible to ignore.
And they'll come true, impossible not to do, impossible not to do.
Dreams, Noel Hogan & Delores O'Riordan (1992)

Dreams, Cranberries (1992)

Spent the last year, Rocky Mountain way, couldn't get much higher
Out to pasture, think it's safe to say, time to open fire
Rocky Mountain Way, Joey Vitale, Joe Walsh, Ken Passarelli & Rocke Grace (1973)

Rocky Mountain Way (live at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium), Joe Walsh (1976)

Oh, ho, ho, it's magic, you know, never believe it's not so
It's magic, you know, never believe it's not so
Magic, David Paton & William Lyall (1974)

Magic, Pilot (1974)

A duck walked up to a lemonade stand
And he said to the man, running the stand
"Hey! (bum bum bum) Got any grapes?"
The man said "No, we just sell lemonade
But it's cold, and it's fresh, and it's all home-made
Can I get you a glass?"
The Duck Song, Bryant Oden (2009)

The Duck Song, Parts 1-3, A Forest Fire Film (2009)

I would walk ten miles on my hands and knees
Ain't no doubt about it, baby, it's you I aim to please
I'd wrestle with a lion and a grizzly bear
It's my life, baby, but I don't care
Aint that tough enough, aint that tough enough
Aint that tough enough, aint that tough enough
Tuff Enuff, Kim Wilson (1986)

Tuff Enuff, Foo Fighters with Jimmie Vaughan, live on Austin City Limits (2015).

Carry on my wayward son, there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more
Carry On My Wayward Son, Kerry Livgren (1976)

Carry On My Wayward Son, Kansas (1976)

Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream On, Steven Victor Tallarico (1973)

Dream On, Aerosmith live (2004)

23. Top 10
It's the final countdown, the final countdown
The final countdown, the final countdown
The Final Countdown, Joey Tempest (1986)

The Final Countdown, Europe (1986)

You go back, Jack, do it again
Wheel turnin' 'round and 'round
You go back, Jack, do it again
Do It Again, Walter Becker & Donald Fegan 

Do It Again, Steely Dan (1972)

C. Epilogue

I don't need a whole lots of money
I don't need a big fine car
I got everything that a man could want
I got more than I could ask for
Some Kind Of Wonderful, John Ellison (1967)

Some Kind Of Wonderful, Grand Funk Railroad (1974)

I'm going to pack it up
I'm going to give it up
I'm going to put you right out of my mind
I'm going to pack it up
Pack It Up, Freddie King (1974) 

Pack It Up, Freddie King (1974)

Some folk built like this, some folk built like that
But the way I'm built, don't you call me fat
Cause I'm built for comfort, I aint built for speed
Built For Comfort, Willie Dixon (1960)

Built For Comfort, Howlin' Wolf with Eric Clapton (1971)

4. Believe 
Seraph: Did you always know?
Oracle: Oh, no. No, I didn't. But I believed . . . I believed!
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Ending Scene + Credits

And oh, after the love has gone
How could you lead me on, and not let me stay around
After The Love Has Gone, David Foster, Jay Graydon & Bill Champlin (1979)

After The Love Has Gone, Earth, Wind & Fire (live 1981)

After The Love Has Gone, Leonid & Friends (EW&F cover) (2021)

I just want to celebrate another day of livin'
I just want to celebrate another day of life.
I Just Want To Celebrate, Dino Fekaris & Nick Fesses (1971)

I Just Want To Celebrate, Rare Earth (1971)

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