365 Days in Aspen

This Land is Your Land

On my second day of driving across America (originating in Atlanta, Georgia and traveling through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and into Colorado), I was struck with the diverse beauty of this country, inspiring me to listen to this song:

I first heard this version by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings in the movie "Up in the Air."  Great cover.  

I drove through cities (Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City), up and down mountains and past pastures and farmland.  And I listened to music.  

As I drove past Topeka I was reminded of a memorable scene in one of my favorite movies, "Almost Famous."  (See the video link below).

I also listened to Bruce Springsteen's cover of the Woodie Guthrie classic.  As he introduced the tune he calls "the greatest song written about America," he said that he learned that Guthrie wrote it in protest to the song God Bless America. 

Makes you think, doesn't it?  About the diversity of our country beyond its beauty.   

Some more songs I listened to on this part of the drive…

Real People in Topeka… Clip from the movie Almost Famous…

And the scene afterward – demonstrates the transformative effect of music:

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