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    Hello, Liz ... thanks for the week! Hope you will enjoy your first week of hosting. Have to admit that your theme temporarily took me aback and I suddenly couldn't remember one place I'd actually visited! Since you are asking for strict honesty here, I shall have to forego my desire to tell you about my most exciting visit to Mars and stick to more mundane and earthly locations. When our boys were young, we had a few package holidays ... well, a total of four, I think, actually (my husband doesn't like being organised by other people!) Anyway, two of those holidays were to the Balearics - an archipeligo of eastern Spain; one to Minorca and the other to Ibiza, which included a visit which we won to the hippie island of Formentera, where Bob Dylan once had a home. This song has become a sort of anthem for all Spanish holidaymakers, and, indeed, for Spain itself ...

    "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place" George Bernard Shaw

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    Hey Liz! Great theme.

    Here's a song by a band from Liverpool (been twice), named after an animal from Australia (lived there) with a title that refers to one of my favourite cities I was honoured to visit twice in 2007 and 2008 (I prefer Kyoto though tbf but dont know many song about it).

    "Even on a cloudy day, I'll keep my eyes fixed on the sun"

    "But I heard voices, Not in the head, out in the air, they called to me. Through record speakers, through thick and thin, they found a shelter, beneath my skin"

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    I've been to every place mentioned in this song, except Galveston, somehow.

    Never mind the words, just hum along and keep on going...

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    Streets Of Baltimore (Maryland) by Tompall Glaser & Harland Howard

    SOTU 479- Destination Known
    I don't have a strong connection to Baltimore, Maryland. We did stop there for an hour or two on the way to Washington, but I don't have a strong memory of it. I have spent time in Tennessee though, which is also mentioned in the song.
    I do like this song a lot. I was reminded of it partly by my last song about Baltimore, Ontario, and partly by the Sunday Zoom jam discussion of the Joshua Tree and Gram Parsons' cremation.
    I learned this song from a rendition by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.


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    Wonderful first day, thank you all! I received additional entries from Val, Ryan, Alan and Jim Yates on Spain, Tokyo, Texas and the Baltimore I do know through the day. I think I like this hosting gig... You are all so talented and lovely. I'm hoping there is some writing going on out there...you know who you are. Looking forward to what tomorrow may bring. Signing off from Rockville, Maryland, USA, Liz

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    A ukulele cover of Jonathan Wilson's "Trafalgar Square", for banjo ukulele with singing; overdubs of Ashbory Ubass, Stylophone-controlled synthesizer, whistling, and secondary vocal.

    My father was a mycologist whose full time job was as a lecturer/researcher at the Pennsylvania State University. Several times during my youth, he was also contracted to work in Switzerland at the Hauser Champignon commercial mushroom facility, where he was helping to perfect the “growing medium”. These sabbaticals were a wonderful experience for my family, as they gave us a home base from which we were able to travel to many parts of Europa.

    In August of 1969 when I was 7 years old we traveled to the UK, and spent several days in Londinium. I realize now that we were there while the Beatles were recording Abbey Road!

    One of our stops was of course Trafalgar Square, where I bought a bag (it was probably more than “tuppence”) to feed the birds, in my attempt to reenact the famous scene from “Mary Poppins” (see photo at end of vid). I do not remember sitting on the lions, though I must have done.




    Thanks for hosting what I hope is the first of many seasons, Liz!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizbrinker View Post
    . Signing off from Rockville, Maryland, USA, Liz
    Can we look forward to you doing an R.E.M. song?
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    Quote Originally Posted by YorkSteve View Post
    Can we look forward to you doing an R.E.M. song?
    Good Morning, Steve! I can think of three other seasonistas, at least, who have been to Rockville, so I will wait patiently to see whether one of them will do that one.

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    Indian Queens (population approx 500) is a place I have passed through quite a few times, on the way to/from Cornwall. In fact for such a small place, it gets a lot of mentions on the radio, mostly in travel bulletins in July & August, as two major roads in and out of Cornwall converge there.

    The origin of the name is the subject of much debate, but it seems as if the entire village took its name from a nearby wayside inn, which was named The Indian Queen Inn, possibly after a Portuguese princess stayed there on her way from Falmouth to London. Locals assumed she was Indian, and the name stuck.

    Anyway, Nick Lowe liked it so much, he wrote a song about it.

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    Staying in Japan briefly, as I mentioned I prefer Kyoto to Tokyo. The main reason for that is a place called Kinkakuji, the most tranquil place I've ever been privileged to visit.

    So I wrote a very simple Haiku in Japanese about it. Would have liked to have put in a few more verses but I exhausted my knowledge a little bit. I'm pleased with the melody though! Lyrics and translation in the description, although the translation is not accurate line for line because of the differences in how English and Japanese are structured, and trying to fit the Japanese lyrics into the haiku format.

    "Even on a cloudy day, I'll keep my eyes fixed on the sun"

    "But I heard voices, Not in the head, out in the air, they called to me. Through record speakers, through thick and thin, they found a shelter, beneath my skin"

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