Great American Road Trip Blog
27 Apr 2017 20:37 | By: Ella Rechter
Listen to this show
Roadtrippers! We are back on the road, zooming along the gorgeous Pacific Coast, with an epic soundtrack...
1. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
2. Soundgarden (& Chief Seattle) - Into the Void
3. Ron Shaw - The Legend of Harry and the Mountain
4. Death Cab for Cutie - Meet me on the Equinox
5. Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
6. Nirvana - Come As You Are
15 Mar 2017 19:06 | By: Ella Rechter
Dearest roadtrippers, we have come to the end of another stage on our journey. This week, we've been marking the end of term with some Spring-themed music - enjoy!
1. Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
2. Judy Garland - In Your Easter Bonnett
3. The Beach Boys - Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
4. Trad. (Courtesy of the New York Chinese Language Centre) - He Xin Nian
5. Simon and Garfunkel - April Come She Will
6. Aaron Copland (can't find the name of the orchestra performing it - sorry!) - Appalachian Spring excerpt
Happy springtime wishes to you all :)
08 Mar 2017 19:22 | By: Ella Rechter
We've been making our way through the "potato state" (their words, not ours...) with this amazing soundtrack!
1. The 4 Non-Blondes - What's Up (happy International Women's Day, roadtrippers!)
2. Paul Revere and the Raiders - Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)
3. Mötley Crüe - The Wild Side
4. Gary Peacock - Bonsho
5. La Monte Young - Death Chant
25 Feb 2017 00:23 | By: Ella Rechter
It's been a stunningly beautiful trip around Montana, with an appropriately beautiful (well, mostly...) soundtrack.
1. Hannah Montana - The Climb
2. Halladay Quist - Pretty Mae
3. Jack Gladstone - Valley of the Little Bighorn
4. The Decemberists - Down by the Water
5. Mark Isham - Theme from A River Runs Through It
15 Feb 2017 17:29 | By: Ella Rechter
We've had a lovely tip right to the halfway point across the entire USA - a momentous occasion! The soundtrack has been rather fab too...
1. Mt Rushmore - Stone Free
2. Bob Stewart - (unknown?) - live from Brussels on a TV show
3. Lawrence Welk - Calcutta
4. DAPL protestors - Stand Up/Stand N Rock
5. Plumtree - Scott Pilgrim
6. Peggy Lee - He's A Tramp (from the Lady and the Tramp)
7. Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
08 Feb 2017 22:21 | By: Ella Rechter
Was this the strangest stretch of our journey so far? Very possibly...
1. Prince - Rock and Roll is Alive, and it lives in Minneapolis.
2. President's Own United States Marine Band - Foshay Tower March (John Philip Sousa)
3. Garrison Keillor - Prairie Home Companion
4. The Soundlike Ensemble - Theme from Fargo (Carter Burwell - who has an amazing array of soundtrack credits to his name!)
5. Barry Louis Polisar - All I Want is You (from the film Juno)
6. Bob Dylan - Knocking on Heaven's Door (YES we accidentally played a cover please forgive...)
7. Owl City - Fireflies
8. Weird Al Yankovic - The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota
Michigan and Wisconsin!
01 Feb 2017 20:24 | By: Ella Rechter
It was a faintly odd trip this week, with mittens, cheese hats and large quantities of mustard...
1. Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
2. Stevie Wonder - I just called to say I love you
3. Sufjan Stevens - Flint (for the unemployed and underpaid)
4. Alice Cooper - School's Out
5. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
6. Ole Bull - Sæterjentens Søndag - The Herd-Girls' Sunday (arranged for orchestra and solo violin by Johan Svendsen; performed by the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra; solo violin Annar Follesø)
25 Jan 2017 18:44 | By: Ella Rechter
This week, we've been travelling about Illinois - home state of Abraham Lincoln (among other amazing people) - with an equally amazing soundtrack...
1. Kanye West (ft. Chris Martin) - Homecoming
2. Earth, Wind and Fire - Boogie Wonderland
3. 2014 Midwest Sacred Harp Convention - Boulder
4. Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix
5. Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come
6. [Secret Mystery Last Track - sorry everyone...]
Kansas and Missouri!
18 Jan 2017 20:51 | By: Ella Rechter
Welcome back, roadtrippers :) We hope you've had a fantastic break. We've had a beautiful American holiday season, and are now on the road again in Kansas and Missouri...
1. Judy Garland - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz (music - Harold Arlen; lyrics - E. Y. Harburg)
2. Pete Seeger (Trad.) - John Brown's Body
3. Loretta Lynn - One's On the Way
4. Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
5. Kansas - Carry on my Wayward Son
6. Gene Autry - Home on the Range
7. Glenn Miller - The Missouri Waltz (original theme - John Valentine Eppel)
8. Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm (original theme - George Gershwin)
9. Judy Garland - The Trolley Song, Meet me in St Louis (music & lyrics - Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane)
Happy Holidays, roadtrippers!
03 Dec 2016 10:01 | By: Ella Rechter
We've had a slightly mad sleigh-ride across the entire USA for our special festive show, with this glorious soundtrack:
1. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (with special/not-at-all accidental echo effects)
2. Philip Brooks (lyrics) / Vaughan Williams (arrangement of traditional hymn tune), sung by the Choir of King's College - O Little Town of Bethlehem (plus more exciting echo before the start)
3. Fannie Lou Hamer/traditional spiritual - Go Tell it on the Mountain/Let My People Go
4. Teddy Pendergrass - Happy Kwanzaa
5. The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I don't want to fight tonight)
6. Tom Lehrer (lyrics/music), sung by the Gay Men's Chorus of LA - Hannuka in Santa Monica
7. Elmo 'n' Patsy - Grandma got run over by a Reindeer