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two months til the epic road trip! preparing with music


Hello everybody!

April 28 marks the two-month mark til our departure for the West Coast! it will be a strangely uncomplicated journey, since our house in South Bend, Indiana is just a few miles south of the entrance onto what we call “The Toll Road,” aka Interstate 80/90, which later on turns into I-90 and leads right into downtown Seattle.  When I-90 ends, all we need to do is jog south on I-5 for a few miles, get on the West Seattle Bridge, and minutes later we’ll be at our new house!  It’s straight northwest of here, from 41.6764° N, 86.2520° W, to 47.6062° N, 122.3321° W.

“Why so long?” you might ask. “It is only 2,160 miles or 32 hours of driving. One could make the trip in two days.”

“Ah, yes,” I would reply, “but don’t forget Honey Girl!  When you have a big heart and travel with a big dog, it is like traveling with a small child. You have to stop for potty breaks and snacks, and turn in early for the evening so we can go on our daily walks. (Not to mention that I plan to continue doing the morning routine every day too, which may delay departures a bit.) What’s the rush, anyway?  Maybe Dickinson, North Dakota is worth a few hours to visit!”

So how to get ready!?

I’m starting at the top–with my head.  The other details are already underway–the house sale is chugging along toward closure, the moving company quotes will soon be known and discussed, and my work obligations are dwindling down too. The more important preparations involve one’s perception of reality, thus the study of Zen is helpful, as are music and journey myths. For today, I’ll stick with music. (Haven’t yet received my copy of Joseph Campbell!  More to come on that.)

MUSIC!   I’m compiling a list of “Songs of Freedom” to celebrate this transition, and I plan to sing them all the way there. (We’re taking two cars, fyi   ^_^).

So far, I’ve got 30 (I posted some videos of lesser-known favorites) .

Submit your favorites!  We’ve got four days to fill, so the more the better.


  1. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley
  2. “I’m Free” by The WHO from Tommy
  3. “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley
  4. “The Little Stream of Whiskey” by Doc Watson & Son
  5. “Age of Aquarius” by The Fifth Dimension
  6. “Stone Free” by Jimmy Hendrix
  7. “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin
  8. “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson
  9. “Take this Job and Shove It!” by Johnny Paycheck
  10. “The Seattle Song” by Perry Como
  11. “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago
  12. “The Happy Song” by Pharrell Williams
  13. “This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie
  14. “To Beat the Devil” by Kris Kristofferson
  15. “Carey” by Joni Mitchell
  16. “Free Man in Paris” by Joni Mitchell
  17. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland
  18. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
  19. “Liberté” by Carla Bruni
  20. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bob Marley
  21. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” by Bob Marley
  22. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
  23. “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty
  24. “Freedom! ’90” by George Michael
  25. “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
  26. “I’ll Fly Away” by Johnny Cash
  27. “I’m Like a Bird” by Nelly Furtado
  28. “Stand Up for Love” by Carl Douglas
  29. “Parting Glass” by The High Kings
  30. “RESPECT” by Aretha Franklin

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