When I was a kid, I used to "collect" Towns With Catchy Names. Names that are fun to say -- and just kind of roll off your tongue. Chattanooga. Tallahassee. Timbuktu. Walla Walla, Washington. Tuscaloosa. Minnehaha. Kalamazoo.
The kind of name . . . you know . . . that might end up in song lyrics.
(Never imagined that I'd end up living in one of them! But. Here I am.)
Anyway. This week, Carole asks us for for Ten Songs About Where We Live. Lucky for me . . . Kalamazoo - one of those catchy-name towns - has been plugging into song lyrics forever!
1 - Gotta Get Away by The Black Keys.
2 - Another favorite is Kalamazoo by the Ben Folds Five. (They performed this during their appearance at the Gilmore Piano Festival a couple of years ago. As you might imagine, it was a big hit with the home crowd.)
3 - This one is quite popular with the home crowd, too. Kalamazoo by Primus. (They've performed this one live in Kalamazoo, a couple of times apparently. I wasn't there - but you can imagine it was a bit hit.)
4 - Marylou by Bob Seger. (Not one of his most popular -- but . . . Kalamazoo.)
5 - Down on the Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival. (Twangin' out a rhythm on his Kalamazoo. You bet!)
6 - While not about Kalamazoo, this song just embodies the whole Up North/Lake Thing in Michigan. So, yeah. It's about about where I live! All Summer Long by Kid Rock.
7. And, of course. Especially in Michigan by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (The link is a "tease." If you want to hear the whole song, click here.) (And Carole? This link should include images that look a bit familiar to you now. . . as it was filmed in Ludington!)
8. Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave. (Because The Lakes RULE . . . here in Michigan.)
9. Greetings from Michigan . . . an entire album by Sufjan Stevens . . . honoring Michigan. (This tune, Romulus - a Detroit suburb - has nothing to do with Kalamazoo. But Michigan. And nice.)
10. And, of course, no Kalamazoo list could be complete without this one. . . (yeah, I know) . . . I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo. (Trust me. I know. I live here. I've heard this WAY too many times . . . )
How about YOU? What are the best songs about where you live?
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