Connecting Some Dots

Yesterday, I made the drive from Aiken, SC to Hixson (Chattanooga), TN and then onto Lake Charles, LA, where I overnighted, before getting to Houston, TX this morning.  Yes, it was a long day  (16 hours driving) and I was tired enough so that when I stopped, I settled for a $55.00  room at a Motel 6 with a  “no soliciting”  sign taped on the wall outside my room.  Bedbug check was negative, but I digress.

I have been a fan of Steve Forbert since 1978 when I was attending  college in Maryland. Steve’s debut album, Alive on Arrival, includes the song “Goin’ Down To Laurel.” Steve was living in NYC at the time and I just kind of assumed, because I was in Maryland and Laurel, MD was South (Down) of New York, that is the town the song was about.

Elissa, Steve and me after a show in Charlotte a few years back. That sure was a treat for me.

Yesterday, as I drove the  famously boring Hwy 59 from Chattanooga, TN to Slidell, Louisiana, I drove through Meridian, MS, home of the late, great Jimmie Rogers . . .  and Steve Forbert.  As I continued South for about an hour, I saw signs for “Laurel”. which I now realize is likely the “Laurel” Steve was referring to when he sang “I’m goin’ down to Laurel . . .”

Thanks to Jack Sonntag for introducing me to  a plethora of new music, but especially for handing me “Alive on Arrival” to listen to.






About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Connecting Some Dots

  1. Greg says:

    So you drove down I-59 and didn’t even wave when you went by the house? And boring? You didn’t see the sign for Naccalula Falls? Or how about the trailer factory in Steele. Or the Springville Walmart? Sp much out there…..

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  2. Alien Resort says:

    Jimmie Rodgers: “A thousand miles away from home just a waiting for a train.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jim Borden says:

    Steve Forbert has such a unique voice…

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