Having familiar music with me takes the edge off being so far from home and, oddly, makes the places I’ve been less foreign. I’ve been on a Neil Young, Richard Thompson and “The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” tear. Nina Simone’s version of “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” which I recently learned was written by Billy Taylor, is in rotation. Drive-By Truckers.

Popular music here doesn’t do much for me. Maybe they’re hiding the good stuff, but radio sounds like weak imitations of the American boy band genre. And why is it played so loud in bars, restaurants and hotel lobbies?

About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at
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3 Responses to Music

  1. Herb Jepko says:

    Hey Kenny:

    I was suprised to learn that about Billy Taylor as well. Thank goodness for Bob Edwards. I have Lydia Pense/Cold Blood’s version on my music machine.

    I’m here in Portland, going to Longview for the day. Gearing up for the commissioning of the project in a month or so. We may have some work at a big Seattle terminal in the next six months or so. Hopefully, you’ll be home by then. I wanna hear your stories in person.

    Herb, baby, Herb.

  2. Wow, Cold Blood. I’m sure I haven’t seen anything of them in 30 years, but as I recall they and Tower of Power were always at State Line in Idaho. And the pre-Michael McDonald/Skunk Baxter Doobie Brothers as well. And War.

    Herb-free Herb

  3. Jamesinho says:

    I find that Southeast Asian pop music is even worse than K-Pop. The vocals are more grating.

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