One of the great things about frequently changing time zones is that it’s always five o’clock somewhere.
It’s cold outside so today’s Friday happy hour is happening inside. In fact, at the moment, it’s happening with me sitting in the bedroom with my headphones on to block out the sounds of my arguing children.
And apparently I’m singing out loud. Mark just walked in, said “It’s a little pitchy,” turned around, and shut the door behind him.
TGIF, people, TGIF.
Here’s what I’m listening to, inspired by traveling 836 miles in the last week from Livingston, Montana, through Wyoming and on to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a quick drive across the border into Minnesota. Along the way we scored refrigerator magnets from Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Wall Drug Store, and the kids got three more stamps in their National Parks Passports. We saw a buffalo jump site where Native Americans drove the big animals off cliffs to kill them, the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, the Black Hills, a pioneer sod house and a prairie dog village.
It snowed, rained and hailed on us. Winds blew us all over the place.
Tomorrow, it’s on to Iowa.
Click on the links, raise your glasses and sing along (even if you are “pitchy”):
“Care” by Kid Rock, Martina McBride and T.I.
I can’t stop the war,
Shelter homeless feed the poor
I can’t walk on water
I can’t save our sons and daughters
I can’t change the world and makes things fair
The least that I can do
The least that I can do
The least that I can is care.
“America the Beautiful” as sung by Ray Charles
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain
Runnin’ with the Devil by Van Halen
I found the simple life, ain’t so simple
When I jumped out, on that road
S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Son of a bitch,
Give me a drink
Like the Weather by 10,000 Maniacs
With a shiver in my bones,
Just thinking about the weather
Convoy by C.W. McCall
Cause we got a little old convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a little old convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.
Space Oddity by David Bowie
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do
Rock’n Me by Steve Miller Band
I went from Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Tacoma
Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
Free by Zac Brown Band
So we live out in our old van
Travel all across this land
Me and you
Little Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
Oh, but that ain’t that America
For you and me
Ain’t that America
We’re something to see baby
It’s time to take my drunk ass home,
I drank all the whiskey and my money’s all gone