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A Catchy Town (I Mean . . . Tune)

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!

My favorite?

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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I knew exactly one song about Kalamazoo (you know which one) and am surprised that there are so many! I love your songs and the covers, too, especially Greetings from Michigan and Night Moves. That is how I'll always picture Bob Seger (even though he's now 71!).


So many fantastic songs... so many! Excellent list! :)

I cannot tell you how many times I've heard I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - and I've only been there once! My mother used to sing it and for the longest time, we all just thought she made it up (because she was never one to actually know the correct lyrics)!

This was a fun list!


Wow, that's quite a list -- and variety of artists!! ;)


Gotta Get Away is my favorite but I'm loving the Red Hot Chili Peppers now, too!

Sue N

I live in a village called Ribin Hood so guess what I'm humming right now!


Kalamazoo just rolls of the tongue and I love that you have so many great songs about your city and your area. I came up with two songs about SLC, Johnny Mercer's "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" and the Beach Boys hit "Salt Lake City".




I love that Sufjan Stevens album! and I'm amazed how many songs there are about Kalamazoo ... who knew?!


So I think someday you have to visit me and I"ll show you the wineries of Walla Walla, WA (the town so nice they named it twice). It's about 40 minutes from here.

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