So, I saw this the other day. A map of all the locations in all of Bob Dylan’s songs.
Got me thinking. What would it look like if I did that? I know I don’t write a whole lot of songs that are location-specific, but I figured I’d give it a whirl.
And here’s what it looks like…so far:
Not a whole lot on there. And I think there’s a few more that I need to fill in. But for now, here are all the songs that link up to the specific locations:
A. Chicago, IL
- I wrote an entire album of Chicago songs here, including:
- I Have No Idea from this album has a Chicago reference.
- Chicago, Chicago (versions 1 and 2)
- Talkin’ Tax Blues
- Talkin’ Bus Blues
- Big Cat Blues
B. Starkville, Mississippi
- Southland Blues (I don’t say “Starkville” or even “Mississippi,” but it’s where this one was written) (versions 1 and 2)
C. Rio Grande River
F. Fairway 12 Motel, Meadville, Pennsylvania 618, Conneaut Lake, PA
G. London, United Kingdom
I. Puget Sound, WA
J. New York, NY
K. Deepwater Horizon Claims, Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, LA
L. New Orleans, LA
M. Tahrir Square, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
N. Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
O. Washington, DC
P. Baghdād, Iraq
That’s not so many, huh? Now I think I need to write some more location songs. Or at least use different locations as ways to explain different ideas in my songs. It’ll be something to try. Look for that in the songs I post every week (which I’ll be starting again in the next few weeks) over at my Tumblr blog.
Know of any others that I’ve written, recorded, or performed? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list.