Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The 50 States: Colorado


Colorado was giving it's best to break my 50-states project. We were gaining so much momentum. I was riding a wave of success from the the pacific that swished directly over california and was headed for these red rocks. California was HERALDED! I don't know why I was having a difficult time with this Colorado character, but he was a huge pain in my ass. I like the state, I really do -- I just wish there was more than just a couple of good songs about it. Yes, there is a Pavement song called Colorado -- but it's nothing like what we want to feature in this here merry ole' business.

Colorado is on my destination list every year because of it's epic snowfalls. (Let's just ignore that I usually only layover there until I get to the real destination -- salt lake city.)

Colorado was made a state in 1876. It has given us such great things as the US Air Force Academy, Mike the Headless Chicken, the cheesburger, the Valentines city of Loveland, the rodeo, mountains, more microbreweries per capita than anywhere else, the highest suspension bridge in the world, 20 rivers, Jack Dempsey, Tim Allen, and my bitch of an ex girlfriend.

11 Comments:

Anonymous kcr said...

The Flying Burrito Brothers do a nice number titled "Colorado" (it's the post Gram Parsons Burritos, I believe)

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Raj said...

Hurry up with Connecticut already!

9:49 AM  
Blogger idiolect said...

There was a great song on one of the National Lampoon comedy albums called (I think) "Colorado's Calling Me." ("Hey! You!" says a voice in the background.)

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's Stephen Stills & Manassas' "Colorado" -- a terrific song, perhaps what the Burrito's covered, perhaps not. Also, Townes Van Zandt's "My Proud Mountains" ("...my home's in Colorado...)

12:56 PM  
Blogger heather said...

yep, I did love the california post. I listened to tracks from it during my day sojourn to the beach last week while I was in the state, on a business trip from my homeland (now) of Colorado. EXCELLENT soundtrack.

When I was preparing to move here last summer, I too was completely bummed by the absolute dearth of decent songs about this state. I think you did pretty damn good because there is really nothing of note. Not like CA, eh?

Good work!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linda Rondstadt --Colorado!
heeeeey coloraaado it was not so long ago....

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