I was looking at a map of the Appalachian Trail when I noticed that the A.T. runs directly through Chattahoochee National Forest. You know Chattahoochee, right? Where it gets hotter than a hoochee coochee? (Giggle. I love that song. It’s #2 on my running playlist.) I mean everybody knows it, especially people that listen to country music (Alan Jackson is the musician). But I never actually knew where it was. I decided then and there that I would listen to that song each and every day that I’m tramping through that well-named stretch of forest.
Then it got me thinking. There are so many songs that could relate to hiking the Appalachian Trail. So, I thought, let’s make a playlist for the heck of it. This is what I’ve come up with thus far:
God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood (“…to the Hills of Tennessee”)
The Devil went down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
Spiderwebs – No Doubt
I’m gonna be – The Proclaimers (“I would walk 500 miles…”)
Return to Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show (“…thumbin’ my way into North Caroline…”)
In the Middle of the Night – Billy Joel (lots of language…mountain, river, etc.)
Like a Rock – Bob Seger
Ticks – Brad Paisley
Country Roads – John Denver (“Almost heaven, West Virginia…”)
The Gambler – Kenny Rodgers
The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
The Wind – Zac Brown Band
Raise up – Petey Pablo (“This one’s for North Carolina. Come on and raise up!”)
Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
NY State of Mind – Billy Joel
Meet Virginia – Train
Peaches – Presidents of the United States of America (peaches = Georgia)
Turn Turn Turn – The Byrds (“There is a season…”)
Summer Time – Sublime (“Summertime and the livin’s easy”)
Raindrops keep falling on my head – Burt Bacharach
Animaniacs – Universe Song
As you can see, the songs are all over the place. The associations for some are clear and others more creative. But the list has only just begun. This is where you all come in.
Can you please help me think of other songs that could go on an A.T. playlist? The songs can have to do with being outdoors, one of the states I’ll be trekking through, the physical activity of hiking/walking, or any other number of things that relate. Be creative. Think of as many as you can. And, by all means, leave your thoughts in a comment to this post.
The winner will be the person who thinks of the longest list of relevant songs (repeats don’t count) by the deadline: Friday November 2 at 5PM EST. I’ll send the winner a sample of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to try (and also a major HIGH FIVE for being so creative and awesome and such). As a refresher, I first referred to Hemp Hearts (which are yummy hemp seeds) in this post. Don’t worry about geography: I’ll send the prize via hot air balloon, if necessary.
Fair warning that I reserve the right to pick more than one winner (in particular for creativity over quantity) and to send random treats as I feel so compelled by the awesomeness and creativity that ensues. Oh also, it’d probably be best if I know the song (or can at least find it on YouTube).
This has the potential to be a lot of fun. I hope you’ll all participate! If not, I suppose I could always just cry myself to sleep…or, ya know, eat the Hemp Hearts myself.