Saturday, August 6, 2011

iTunes Playlist

Sometimes I make an iTunes playlist inspired by a vacation place (like Las Vegas) or theme (road trip to see a space shuttle launch). I decided to make one for my Europe trip. My rules, such as they are, are that the song title and/or lyrics have to relate somehow - even tenuously - to the location or activity. I'm taking flights from Houston to NYC to London and Madrid to Frankfurt to Houston but mostly trains between cities, thus each city leading off with a train song. What else would you add?

New York City 9/17
Fly Like an Eagle (Steve Miller)
The Boy from New York City (Manhattan Transfer)
An Englishman in New York (Sting)
On Broadway (George Benson)
New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)
New York City Serenade (Bruce Springsteen)
Fly by Night (Rush)
Jet Airliner (Steve Miller)
The Final Countdown (Europe)

London 9/18-21
London Bridges (Fergie)
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
Made in England (Elton John)
Candle in the Wind [Diana] (Elton John)
Camelot (Monty Python)
Yakety Sax, aka the Benny Hill Theme (Boots Randolph)

Paris 9/22-26
Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
He Went to Paris (Jimmy Buffett)
Last Mango in Paris (Jimmy Buffett)
French Taunter (Monty Python)
Red, Red Wine (UB40)
The Longest Day theme
Saving Private Ryan theme (John Williams)

Amsterdam 9/27-30
Border Song (Elton John)
Borderline (Madonna)
On the Border (Eagles)
Across the Border (Bruce Springsteen) [this is for my first border crossing in Europe]
Royale With Cheese (from Pulp Fiction soundtrack)
High So High (South Park Mexican)
One Toke Over the Line (Brewer & Shipley)

Copenhagen 10/1-2
Downtown Train (Rod Stewart)
Under the Sea (Little Mermaid soundtrack)

Malmo 10/3
Take a Chance on Me (ABBA)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)

Berlin 10/4-6
Last Train to Clarksville (Monkees)
The Metro (Berlin)
99 Luftballons (Nena)
Sie Liebt Dich (Beatles)
Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy)
Symphony 5 (Beethoven)

Prague 10/7-10
Night Train to Memphis (Duane Eddy)
Stripes March (Elmer Bernstein) [the second half of the movie takes place here]

Vienna 10/11-12
Long Train Runnin' (Doobie Bros)
Vienna (Billy Joel)
Rock Me Amadeus (Falco)

Danube Valley/Lake District 10/13-14
Morning Train (Sheena Easton)
Blue Danube Waltz
Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees)

Salzburg 10/15-16
Downbound Train (Springsteen)
Sound of Music theme

Munich, Garmisch, Hohenschwangau 10/18-23
Train in the Distance (Paul Simon)
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (Beatles)
Snoopy vs Red Baron (Royal Guardsmen)
Return of the Red Baron (Royal Guardsmen)
Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner)
Patton Main Title
Great Escape movie theme

Switzerland (Lucerne, Bern, Oberlander/Interlaken, Zermatt, St. Moritz) 10/24-30
Train Kept Rollin' (Aerosmith)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Supremes)
Misty Mountain Hop (Led Zeppelin)
Mountain Town (South Park)
Over the Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne)

Milan, Venice 10/31-11/2
Train Leaves Here This Morning (Eagles)
Halloween movie theme
Fashion (David Bowie)
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel)

Rome, Pompeii/Vesuvius 11/3-7
Ticket to Ride (Beatles)
Three Coins in the Fountain (Frank Sinatra)
Volcano (Buffett)
Lasagna (Weird Al Yankovic)

Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre 11/8-10
Take the "A" Train (Duke Ellington)
Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon & the Animals)
All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)

Nice, Monaco, Provence, French Riviera 11/11-14
Another One Rides the Bus (Weird Al Yankovic)
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys)
Riviera Paradise (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Coast of Marseilles (Jimmy Buffett)

Barcelona 11/15-17
Leavin' Train (Bruce Springsteen)
Never Been to Spain (Three Dog Night)
Spanish Caravan (Doors)

Madrid 11/18-21
Love Train (O'Jays)
Spanish Eyes (Bruce Springsteen)
Spanish Inquisition (Monty Python)

Gibraltar, Tangier 11/22-23
Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight)
Marrakesh Express (CSN)
Don't Pay the Ferryman (DeBurgh)

Frankfurt 11/24
Leaving on a Jet Plane (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Time for Me to Fly (REO Speedwagon)

Houston 11/24-25
The Eyes of Texas
Galveston (Glen Campbell)
Heaven, Hell, or Houston (ZZ Top)
Hello Texas (Jimmy Buffett)
Houston (Dean Martin)
Thanksgiving Song (Adam Sandler)

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