Inspiration from the Interstate

Sometimes there’s nothing sweeter than absorbing the poetic words of a talented musician while cruising down the freeway.  I just returned from a 3 hours road trip between Palm Beach and Orlando.  I had the stereo cranking the whole way home, but I wasn’t jamming to my usual selection of fast paced driving music.  Today Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst) was the source of inspiration;  Not only to drive forward, but to move my mind forward as well… boasting rhythm and rhymes akin to the likes of Bob Dylan and Adam Duritz.

We must not blend into the choir, sing as static with the whole.
We must not memorize nine numbers and deny we have a soul.
And in this endless race for property and privilege to be one,
We must run, we must run, we must run.
We must hang up in the belfry where the bats and moonlight laugh.
We must stare into a crystal ball and only see the past.
And in the caverns of tomorrow with just our flashlights and our love.
We must plunge, we must plunge, we must plunge.
-Bright Eyes

This is inspiring me to write music reviews for some of the artists whom I frequent.  Hmmm…That may very well become a subtopic of this website.


  1. Matt Casas says

    I know you wrote this nearly three years ago but maybe reconsidering doing album reviews isn’t a bad idea.. I know I’m always looking for new and inspiring artists, and I’m sure I’m not alone. And since we are on the subject, I love Bright Eyes.

  2. P. says

    So do I, not surprisingly, since we are all here and now. “I’m wide awake, it’s morning” has become sort of a soundtrack of my past decade or so, all downs and ups included. It’s like taking two chicken buses, then hiking through the jungle or the Himalayas for three days, then finding amazing people you connect with. The road I choose always takes me home. A pleasure to walk this bit with you guys. Meet you tonight at the teahouse.

    “These things take forever we’ll just have to wait and see. But I’d rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery.” (First day of my life by B.E.)

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