There’s no place like Kansas

Day 2 of the trip my daughter, and two of her daughters are making to the far west, they passed through places with familiar names, like St Louis, Topeka, Ouachita.  (Well maybe Ouachita,  or I like the way the Indian word rolls off my tongue).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qoymGCDYzU

Although they bypassed Tennessee to drive through Kentucky, I told them if you don’t like the rhythm of Ouachita Lineman, sing this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdrYYUuT07Q

I suggested they sing the songs associated with each place they passed. We always did this when I was traveling with my family in the olden days.

A few years back when I was growing up we had a plethora of songs about the various places people call home. This tradition continued for some time, and as far as I know, there may be modern variants.  We had folk songs, show tunes, hits from movies, country and western ballads, state songs, and later rock music to choose from.

Below, some of the photos from yesterday when they drove through Indiana and  Illinois, crossed the Mississippi at St Louis, into Missouri, then Kansas.

 Granddaughter Hannah, the girl with the purple hair used to be blonde. The girl with the red hair is my daughter.  Joy has her same hair.

Granddaughter Hannah, the girl with the purple hair used to be blonde. The girl with the red hair is my daughter. Joy has her same hair.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU

15 thoughts on “There’s no place like Kansas

  1. Am enjoying the vicarious vicarous trip (travel twice removed is still fun. We loved roadtrips.)…. I can’t carry a tune in a basket, but I still favored Bill with associated travel songs as we drove (and yet we are still married!) Ouichata Lineman is priceless!

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    • Truthfully, the middle of the country is full of cornfields. A great vast land that was all prairie when the French and the the Spanish first explored it. Later, millions of English and Germans, Scandinavians, and Irish turned it into farmland.

      Hannah is an artist. Don’t ask analytical old me to explain it. Ask Mage.

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  2. It looks like they are having a dream vacation and I agree about the songs. It seems that there were more about specific places back when I was their age … I can’t even understand the words of a lot of the ones today.

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