Some of the best songs about travel are incredibly emotional and make us want to take a trip. Some of these songs include “Travelin’ Man” by Ricky Nelson and “Ease” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Others, like Westlife’s “Home,” are simply nostalgic.
Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man”
Travelin’ Man is one of the biggest hit songs in Ricky Nelson’s career. The song was originally written by Sam Cooke, but Nelson recorded it instead. It became his second No. 1 single and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. It was also featured on two videos, including the iconic Ozzie and Harriet show from 1961.
The song has a very sexist message. The lyrics sample the fact that girls like foreign food and a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Nelson’s lackluster delivery makes the lyrics all the more offensive. The guitar solo is decent, but the message of the song is far from inspiring.
The album includes live performances of Ricky Nelson’s biggest hits. It also features never-before-seen video footage of the NELSON family and interviews with stars who were influenced by Nelson. The show is suitable for audiences of all ages and will highlight Ricky Nelson’s impact on popular music.
The song was originally written by Jerry Fuller and was initially pitched to Sam Cooke, but Cooke was not interested in the song. The bass player of Ricky Nelson, Joe Osborne, heard the song in the next room and requested to record it. It was a hit and stayed on the charts for four months.
Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Ease”
“Ease” by Gladys Knight and the Pips is one of the most memorable songs in Motown’s rich history. Released in the late 1970s, the song was a hit for the group. The band disbanded in 1989 but Knight was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. The group also received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Knight has been with the Pips for 31 years and has perfected the melding of soul music and Las Vegas showmanship. Her gospel-charged voice is an artist’s work of art, a feat of timing and tone. She can sing with authority that rivals country singers. She also has the ability to play cat-and-mouse with the beat and smile through well-placed pauses.
Peter, Paul, and Mary’s “Ease”
The instrumental harmonies on “Ease” by Peter, Paul, and Mary are beautiful. Despite the short length of the song (just one minute and forty-five seconds), the instrumental harmonies are incredibly powerful. The instrumental harmonies are backed by a soaring guitar that strums both quickly and softly. This is a gorgeous rendition of the song that captures the feeling of the female narrator.
Though Mary and Paul went their separate ways in the early 1970s, their musical talents remained intact. The songs’ lyrics were deeply meaningful and the arrangements were wonderful. Peter and Mary’s music was an excellent example of the folk revival that took place during the 1960s. The group’s music helped introduce many traditional folk songs to new audiences. They have continued to perform many of these songs fifty years later.
The band’s members are all accomplished singers and songwriters. They rehearsed in a walk-up apartment in the Village. Peter Yarrow was a political liberal and worked with Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. The album featured the song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”
The duo has been collaborating on the album for several months. They spent long days writing songs and nights listening to each other. They then rehearsed and recorded the songs. The entire recording process took months and was planned several months ahead of time.
Richard Berry’s “Life is a Highway”
This 1991 rock song from Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane is a tribute to the highway in which we live. It features a catchy chorus and a danceable beat. It also includes the harmonica, the instrument of the light traveler. The video for this song captures the feeling of freedom and fun that comes with traveling. It is one of the most popular songs from the Canadian music scene.
“Life is a Highway” is about traveling and has inspired countless bands to record it. Many of the songs have come from vagabond souls who straddle musical continents. The most popular recording is by the pre-punk rockers, The Sonics.