Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Uh-oh. I'm wondering where Carole got today's Ten On Tuesday prompt - 10 Songs About Where You Live. I couldn't think of even one off the top of my head, but with Google and a lot of help from friends, I did come up with a few.

  1. "Flemington" by Danny Federici. Danny was the keyboard player for the E Street Band before he sadly passed away in 2008. He's kind of a big deal around here and did a solo album entitled Flemington with a title track of the same name in 1996.
  2. "Flemington" - Tom Day. I had never heard this song, but I quite like it. I think Tom's Flemington is in Australia, not NJ, but I thank him anyway.
  3. "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)" - The Four Seasons. I was lucky enough to find two songs named for the town I live in, but then had to branch out state-wide. This one was in the Broadway show Jersey Boys.
  4. "Jersey Girl" - Tom Waits. Tom wrote the song and sings it best.
  5. "Diamond Street Church Choir"- The Gaslight Anthem. This song is an ode to the New Brunswick (think Rutgers) bar where they played their first show. 
  6. "Jersey Bounce" - Ella Fitzgerald. Because we need something besides rock on this list.
  7. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" - Jon Bon Jovi. New Jersey's second most famous rocker, he's singing about coming home to NJ. 
  8. "Trapped" - Bruce Springsteen. I got to number 8 before I listed New Jersey's most famous musician. I'm always surprised by how many people don't know this song, but it's my favorite by Bruce. There have been times I feel trapped in NJ (when I'm longing to be in Colorado), but it's simply a great song.
  9. “Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam” - Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen. In September of 2013 our esteemed governor was embroiled in a scandal that involved closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge, the busiest motor vehicle bridge in the world. This resulted in three days of epic gridlock, recounted in this brilliant parody:
    Sprung from cages on Highway 9, we got three lanes closed, so Jersey get your ass in line
    Whoa, maybe this Bridgegate was just payback, it's a bitchslap to the state Democrats
  10.  Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. - Bruce Springsteen. His first album is one of his best, and with a title like that I couldn't pick just one song. It's hard to believe that this album wasn't a big hit in 1973, but now no list of songs about where I live would be complete without him.

I was afraid my list would be all Bruce, but I'm glad Carole presented this opportunity to branch out a bit and recognize that there is a lot of music about where I live. I'm looking forward to some interesting lists and interesting listens today!


  1. Fantastic list and #9 - LOL. I love it! :)

  2. Oh I forgot you were NJ so "Allentown" wouldn't have worked.

    But you did a great job on your own, and I had forgotten all about #9 until you reminded me. Thanks for the laugh!

  3. I would have been okay with a list of all Bruce! I love that Bridgegate one!

  4. You're from a creatively rich state! I love the Springsteen Fallon gig. Made me laugh then as now! Our claim to fame may be the Beach Boys song "Salt Lake City".

  5. I love how we've all had to stretch our wings to interpret this topic -- challenging, but fun!! BRUUUUUCE.

  6. I drew a total blank this week, but I'm enjoying others' lists.


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