Friday, May 12, 2006

The 50 States: Minnesota


Minnesota. I consider you my home. I love you a lot. You beam beauty, exude soul, and freeze me to the bone in just the right way. Despite my every effort to escape you, I still continue to live near by. Listen to The Hold Steady and try to seperate Craig from Minnesota. Even though he relocated to NYC -- his songs are still all about his visits to the twin cities and I think that everyone out there can feel that connection to home. These songs represent my connection to home.

Of course, readers that know me might be scratching their heads. See, I actually live in Wisconsin. Well.... geographically, yes.... but my heart belongs to Minnesota. And I could hit the state with a rock thrown from my front-porch.

Minnesota, besides my endless adoration you have also supplied this great country with such things as The Mall of America, Masking and Scotch Tapes, wheaties, bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda, Green Giant, oldest continuously running theater, largest dinner theater, the worlds largest pelican statue, the countrys largest urban sculpture garden, the largest regional playhouse in the country, the skyway system, more golfers per capita than anywhere else, the Metrodome (only facility to ever hold a super bowl, world series, and NCAA final four), more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined, first heart transplant and first bone marrow transplant in the US, lutefisk, the Mayo clinic, worlds largest ball of twine, the stapler, the first climate controlled mall, water skiing, worlds first childrens library, the automatic toaster, Rollerblades, armored cars, Tonka Trucks, Hormel Chili, SPAM, super computers, Milky Way, Snickers, and 3 Musketeers candy bars, more boats per capita than anywhere else, Greyhound Bus Lines, the snowmobile, rice cakes, Bob Dylan, F Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Garrison Keillor, Jessica Lange, Sinclaire Lewis, John Madden, Roger Maris, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, Jane Russell, Winona Ryder, Charles Shultz, Kevin Sorbo, and who could forget Jesse Ventura and Prince.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, long time listener first time caller from MN.

just wondering if you have the othger tracks from the Dillinger Four "bubblegum" 7" converted to Mp3s? i have the vinyl, but it would be cool to have the tracks so that i can listen to them on my computer/ipod/cd.

they didnt put those ones on This Shit Is Genius

you can email me at stuckmusic at gmail dot com

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Jere said...

I hope you're planning on doing America's 51st state..

Canada!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I figured "Highway 61" to be the obvious Dylan choice - but its hard to complain with that list.

I concur with doing Canada - or at least songs about why we hate Canada. Winnipeg Folk Fest and french radio, you know what I'm talking about.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job on Minnesota.

Now, if I don't miss my guess, Mississippi is up next - and what a state! Very well-covered musically. Many, many songs, many genres. Certainly, many tend to reference the river as much as the state, but I've included several of those as well.

A quick list of possibilities:

* Joe Louis Walker - Born in Mississippi
* Thelonius Monk - Bright Mississippi
* Roy Rogers, Johnny Temple, or JB Lenoir - Down in Mississippi
* Sugarland - Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)
* Big Jack Johnson - Goin' Back to Mississippi
* Little Richard - Greenwood, Mississippi
* Phil Ochs - Here's to the State of Mississippi
* New Duncan Imperials - Jackson, Mississippi
* Nikolai Dunger - Last Night I Drempt of Mississippi
* Johnny Winter - Leland Mississippi Blues
* Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty - Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
* Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard, or Crystal Gayle - Missing the Mississippi and You
* Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, or Charlie Daniels - Mississippi
* Duke Ellington - Mississippi Moan
* Louis Armstrong - Mississippi Basin
* Charley Patton - Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
* Charlie Pride - Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town
* Jimmie Rodgers - Mississippi Delta Blues
* Chicago - Mississippi Delta City Blues
* Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam
* Faith Hill - Mississippi Girl
* Lynyrd Skynyrd - Mississippi Kid
* Bix Biederbecke, Kid Ory, or Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer - Mississippi Mud
* Mountain, Ozzy Osbourne, or Sam Kinison - Mississippi Queen
* Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Mississippi Rain
* Leadbelly - Mississippi River
* Ray Stevens - Mississippi Squirrel Revival
* Waylon Jennings - Mississippi Woman
* Jerry Jeff Walker - Mississippi You're on My Mind
* ZZ Top - My Head's in Mississippi
* Mark Knopfler - Back to Tupelo
* Jerry Reed - Tupelo Mississippi Flash
* Cassandra Wilson or Dusty Springfield - Tupelo Honey
* Emmylou Harris - Boy From Tupelo
* Nick Cave or John Lee Hooker - Tupelo
* Johnny Cash - Starkville City Jail
* Arthur Crudup - Arthur's Vicksburg Blues
* Johnny Temple - New Vicksburg Blues
* Jimmy Buffett - Biloxi
* Bela Fleck or Michael Martin Murphey - Natchez Trace
* Howlin' Wolf - Natchez Burning
* John Lee Hooker - Great Fire of Natchez
* Jimmy Buffett - The Pascagoula Run

And that's just scraping the top ...

9:24 AM  
Anonymous fnordboy said...

Nice choice for the LftrPlr track. One of my favs - moments of lyrical perfection saved by an unlistenable hook.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

If you need some MS idears:

Mississippi - John Phillips
Ode To Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry
Biloxi - Jesse Winchester
Greenville - Lucinda Williams
Jackson - Lucinda Williams
Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
Greenville To Baton Rouge - Drive-By Truckers
Living For The City - Stevie Wonder
Tupelo County Jail - Webb Pierce

10:13 AM  
Blogger Phillippe said...

one more for MN - Last Train Home - Christmas in St. Paul.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Just a quick note: please do not neglect Jim White's "Handcuffed to a Fence in Missisippi" (off No Such Place) which contains this bit of perfect lyricism:

For in the prisonn of perpetual emotion,
we're all shackled to the millstone of our dreams.
Me, I'm handcuffed to a fence in Mississippi,
where things is always better than they seem.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

A great idea! Being you have no contact info, we should talk, I'm thinking there's something bigger about your 50 States idea, if you're interested in chatting, drop me a line. d2dusk@gmail.com

8:20 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

hey- i've been working on a similar compilation for awhile. i'm pretty impressed w/ your lists- and i have some to add if you are interested. i have songs for about 43 states.

megsmith25@hotmail.com

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