Friday 14 July 2006

Hitting the road

I’m hitting the road for two weeks of holidays up in the lovely tropics of North Queensland, so the posts here might be a little sporadic for the next couple of weeks. Naturally I’ll be taking my trusty iBook with me, so I’ll still be posting, but there won’t be any posts while I’m on the road. I love a good drive, and I should be doing at least a few thousand kilometres over the next couple of weeks. To make the drive even more enjoyable, I’ve just finished compiling a six-hour mp3 CD, featuring songs like:

  • Bob Dylan, “I Was Young When I Left Home” (1961)
  • Leonard Cohen, “Suzanne” (1967)
  • Joan Baez, “Boulder to Birmingham” (1976)
  • Traveling Wilburys, “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” (1988)
  • Geoff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (1994)
  • Dixie Chicks, “Travelin’ Soldier” (2002)
  • Carla Bruni, “Quelqu’un m’a dit” (2002)
  • Stringmansassy, “Red on Blue” (2002)
  • Nick Cave, “Into My Arms” (2004)
  • Joaquin Phoenix/Reese Witherspoon, “It Ain’t Me, Babe” (2005)
  • Johnny Cash, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (2006)
And for holiday reading, I have packed:
  • John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick (1984)
  • John Updike, In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996)
There’s nothing else quite like a good John Updike novel—there’s something wonderfully intoxicating about that unique blend of sex, theology and the American landscape. Anyway, time to hit the road...


::aaron g:: said...

I just returned from T-ville, Ben. The highlight for me was Magnetic Island and Michels on Palmer Street. We had our wedding reception there and return any chance we get.


Rory Shiner said...

Great listening list, Ben! And good on you for publicly admitting to a liking of the Dixie Chicks. I have been a secret lover for years. Thanks to you, I am now going public!

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