I moved to Rio de Janeiro Monday.
Not really, but my Facebook status says I live there now, and I blame this bald face lie on Zac Brown.
See, on Saturday, I went to Shelbyville to go treasure hunting, thrift store shopping, junkin’, whatever you want to call it. I needed some sunshine and get away, so I took the scenic route and surfed the radio waves for some easy, breezy road trip music.
Zac Brown’s “Jump Right In” popped up over and over—no disappointment to me. Every time I heard the whistle in the background, I thought of Carnival, and every time I thought of Carnival, I thought of Rio de Janiero.
Cool, right? If I couldn’t be there in person, at least I could be there in spirit.
Honestly, I don’t know where the Zac Brown Band is singing about. The song makes reference to Misty Mountain, and the only Misty Mountain(s) I can think are those in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The song also mentions an island lullaby and a Southern breeze, so Rio probably isn’t what he had in mind, but that’s where the song took me.
Isn’t it funny how a song can take you away? One song can change a world, or at least a small town.
Take for instance Winslow, Arizona, which appears in the Eagles’ song “Take It Easy,” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey. Winslow almost dried up when the interstate took away business from Route 66, but when the song came out, everybody wanted to head to Winslow—and they still do. Winslow now has Standin’ On the Corner Park with a mural depicting the “Girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford.” Since then, the town has undergone its own “renaissance.” Voila!
I can’t not mention Memphis. Who hasn’t recorded a song about Memphis? In fact, it’s the most mentioned city in the world. According to the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum, the list is at 1074 songs and counting.
Take a look see at who has Memphis on the mind: Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, Jr., Chuck Berry, Darryl Worley, Trisha Yearwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tanya Tucker, etc.
Of course, “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn is my favorite. It’s always a serendipitous moment when I’m on Beale Street and hear it as I’m walking down the street.
Let’s see how up YOU are on your Song Travel Trivia. I’ll give you the artist and the title, and you chart the destination. (Answers are listed below the quiz.)
- “Turn the Page” by Bob Seager
- “I Wanna Talk about Me” by Toby Keith (one of the FIRST country rap songs)
- “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” by Perry Como
- “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor
- “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce
- “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
- “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band
- “City Don’t Sleep” by Maclemore
- “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
- “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon (London is easy. Name another place mentioned in the song.)
- Muncie, Indiana
10 Correct – Fantabulous. “Ramble On.” You’re obviously going somewhere.
7-9 Correct – Head out on the highway. You’re “Born to Be Wild.”
4-6 Correct – Not too shabby. Baby, you’re “Born to Run.”
1-3 Correct – Brush up on your travel trivia and get “On the Road Again.”
0 Correct – Not so good. You need a “Vacation.”