Sunday, December 29, 2013

Border Curios Part 3

Creepy Curios
Creepy Curios
This is part of a multi-part post: Tijuana Day Trip


    Hello again, mi Amigos y Amigas. I've been in Tijuana, Mexico so long that it seems some gringo Spanglish is starting to creep into my vocabulary. This week we continue exploring the dusty back corners of this virtual musical curio shop or what I have decided to call the set of random tracks associated with Baja, Mexico, Tijuana and the Border.

    This week we begin with "Mexico", another track from the Refreshments, who showed up in Highway 101 Border Curios Part 1 with their sing "Banditos". I really enjoy the opening of the song, it has a nice Latin flavor to kick off this weeks music. The video, like on "Banditos" is an Anime mash-up-not to bad either. As in the rest of the curio shop, click on the song title for a download link on any track discussed throughout this post.
    • Mexico     Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy     Refreshments     4:00



    My next track, "A Border Tragedy" is by another artist featured in Highway 101 Border Curios Pt1. Interestingly, I see the same song listed all over the internet as :A Border Tale" but could not find an explanation for the two different titles. I would love to hear the story if anyone knows anything about it. I really like Robert Earl Keen and this is another great song from him.
    • A Border Tragedy     What I Really Mean     Robert Earl Keen     4:10
    Next we have 2 different versions of the same song. the song is a Burt Bacharach composition called "Mexican Divorce". Though I did not really talk about in my introduction to Tijuana, quicky divorces were a big draw, again Americans taking advantage of lax Mexican laws and enforcement. The first is A 1962 recording by The Drifters followed by Ry Cooder's version from 1974.

    • Mexican Divorce     The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection    The Drifters     2:34

    After a Drifters song, it doesn't seem wrong at all to spin a Coaster track. Luckily, their first hit was a 1956 R and B recording, "Down In Mexico"


    The next song is a quick little parody off the Tijuana Brass sound. Not sure why I have this in my collection, but this post explains a little about Nip Nelson and offers the album for download that this was taken from.

    • Tijuana Brass     Nip Nelson     Nip Nelson     0:55
    After that strange interlude, I offer a song that takes me back to my childhood. My mom had a large pile of Kingston Trios I used to love to listen to when I was growing up. For some reason this song with  it now racist sounding caricatures of the Mexican police made me laugh as kid. I still love the harmonies of the Kingston Trio, even if they can be pretty corny musically.

    • Tijuana Jail     The Folk Years  Kingston Trio     2:51


    The folk sounds of the Kingston Trio provide me with the musical bridge I needed to get to the next number. Bluegrass music doesn't really have a lot of Mexican sounds to it. Although there are several songs about outlaws fleeing to Mexico. Sam Bush gives us some Mexican flavor though, with "Mexican Stomp". 

    • Mexican Stomp     Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza    Sam Bush     3:04
    After that bluegrass break there wasn't any good way to round out the theme without being at least a little muscally jarring. I went with Joe "King" Carrasco with his his cover of the Doug Sahm classic, "Adios Mexico". It is another type of Mexican stomp as we wind down our list by saying goodbye.

    • Adios Mexico     Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm     Joe "King" Carrasco    2:44


    And we close our visit to our virtual musical curio shop the way we began, with the singing cowboy Mr. Gene Autry bidding farewell in "Goodbye To Old Mexico".
    • Goodbye To Old Mexico     The Gene Autry Show-The Complete 1950's Television Recordings    Gene Autry     1:00
    Again no link to the track but the box set the track was taken from is available HERE

    Tijuana Border Traffic
    Thanks for joining me as I explored the intersection of my music library and Tijuana Mexico. Next week we head back into the United States and begin our journey north on old Highway 101. At least that is the plan, sometimes it takes a bit longer to cross the border that expected, so we will have to see how it goes. I hope to see you then. Also don't forget to visit on Saturdays when we are exploring Chicago as the starting point of Route 66.

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    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    Chicago Impressions

    The Chicago River
    The Chicago River Flows Through The City of Chicago
    Welcome back to Old Highway Notes, as we begin to touch down on Route 66. "It winds from Chicago to LA" and the time has come to start digging into a city with a rich musical history that will be our focus for a while as we add tracks from my collection to try to tell at least a bit of the story of Chicago. James Taylor, in the song "Mexico", sang "I've never really been so I don't really know." That could be me talking about Chicago. It is the third largest city in the US, so when it is mentioned a lot comes to mind even without having experienced it firsthand.

    Chicago is a city with a lot of history. Chicago’s first permanent resident was a trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a free black man from Haiti, who settled in the area in the late 1770s. Fort Dearborn followed  In 1837 the Illinois and Michigan Canal was opened connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River. It grew as a transportation hub as it became an interchange of several train lines due to the access to the canal. The transportation access led to a huge meat packing industry as well as varied manufacturing and sales. Sears was founded here and remains a significant company to the local economy.

    The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
    The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
    More history, in 1871, Mrs O'Learys cow kicks over a lantern and an inferno ensues. The city so young built on wooden foundations was destroyed. As so many great cities who have suffered disaster throughout history it was made to better and more enduring.  The foundations were built on stone and the opportunity was taken to construct some of the first steel framed skyscrapers. To this day the downtown area of Chicago is densely packed with very high towers and skyscraper architects are a local specialty. When the city was rebuilt the flow of the Chicago River into Lake Michigan was causing runoff from the busy city to pool near the mouth of the river making the area both a health risk as well as just downright unpleasant. The city actually had engineers design an elaborate pumping system that actually reversed the flow of water into to the Mississippi instead of Lake Michigan! The World's Columbia Exposition of 1893 that was held in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the Americas was in many ways the culmination of the rebuilding as it drew 27.5 million visitors to the city and showcased its architecture via the beautiful White City and its personification of the City Beautiful movement.

    St Valentines Day Massacre
    St Valentines Day Massacre
    The city continued to grow, immigrants from around the world settled there. As is often the case rapid growth and immigration also helped foster a certain level of crime. When Prohibition was made the law of the land, the criminal elements would be develop an underground network to distribute the contraband alcohol. A large workforce of European immigrants who came from countries where alcohol was a routine part of the social life of the community provided a ready clientele and the era of the Chicago gangster began. Famous mobsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran practically ran the city as political connections that were unwilling to prosecute and a population unwilling to testify left them free to sell their wares and enforce their marketplace with ruthless and bloody efficiency. The blood would occasionally flow heavily when the gangsters would commit mass executions such as the notorious St. Valentines Massacre, where seven mobsters were murdered in broad daylight, capturing the nations attention.

    The repeal of prohibition and the arrest of several major crime figures ended the gangster era in Chicago. Chicago though retains a reputation for questionable political practice and machinery, In the 1960's, when the city was host to the Democratic  National Convention, riots occurred between peace protesters and the city police who were televised nationally exhibiting police brutality and unwittingly contributing public opinion to the anti-war movement. Today Chicago still has a certain reputation for crime as street gangs in the Chicago housing projects are reported to be some of the best organized and most vicious gangs in the country.

    In addition to its colorful history, Chicago is know for food. Chicago deep dish pizza is world famous. New Yorkers will always say they make the best pizza but many a fan of Chicago style pizza will say otherwise. The Chicago Dog is also iconic with its mustard, neon green relish and dill spear. People also relate Chicago to weather. The wind off of Lake Michigan is famous enough to earn the city the moniker "The Windy City". Every winter sever storms make national news as the wind brings blizzard conditions to the city.

    Chicago is a sports town as well. The Bulls, The Bears, The White Sox, The Cubs, The Blackhawks all call Chicago home. Chicagoans take pride in their teams and every one I have ever met was a devout sports fan, even fans of the Cubs who notoriously can't seem to stay involved into the playoffs, even if they do have one of the nicest ballparks in the country..

    Chicago is also a music town. That's where we can really dig in, and we will in future posts. During World War II, many southern blacks left the Mississippi delta and relocated to the Chicago area. This led to a the development of a lively Blues music scene. Here is a short list of notables from Wikipedia:
    Muddy Waters
    Chicago Blues Legend, Muddy Waters
    Well-known Chicago blues players include singer/songwriters such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Earl Hooker, Slim Harpo and Koko Taylor; guitar players such as Freddie King, Otis Rush, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Magic Slim, Syl Johnson, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Robert Lockwood Jr., Bo Diddley, Mike Bloomfield, Homesick James, Johnny Shines, Johnny Young, Floyd Jones, Eddy Clearwater, Mighty Joe Young, Billy Boy Arnold, Phil Guy, Lil' Ed Williams, J. B. Hutto, and Elmore James; harmonica players such as Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Charlie Musselwhite, Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Corky Siegel, Billy Branch, James Cotton,[6] and Jimmy Reed; and keyboardists such as Otis Spann, Lafayette Leake, Blind John Davis, and Erwin Helfer[7]
    Needless to say,we have a treasure trove of music to explore in Chicago. Stay with me as I continue my exploration of the city at the start of Route 66 next Saturday. And join tomorrow for a little bit more curio hunting in Tijuana Mexico, off old Highway 101.

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    Sunday, December 22, 2013

    Border Curios Part 2

    Avenida Revelution in Tijuana, Mexico
    Restaurants and Curio Shops on the Avenida Revelution in Tijuana, Mexico

    This is part of a multi-part post: Tijuana Day Trip


    Hello and welcome back to Old Highway Notes. This week continue our browse through the musical curios of my collection that relate to Tijuana, Mexico, our side trip off of old Highway 101. The curio shelves contain songs about Mexico, Tijuana, and the border in general. When last we left off things were getting pretty intense, Lets try this again with something a little softer.


    Our first track comes from a collection I found on archive.org. It is a 500 song collection of creative commons licenced music that was gathered from all over the Internet. It takes over 33 hours to listen to it all! The other nice thing is it is both free and legal. I have enjoyed a lot of the music on the set and today we open with a peppy little surf guitar number. The beaches of Baja California are legendary to surf culture. Rick Volcano is Baja Bound:
    If you would like to download the track you can HERE. If you want to download the entire collection it is available HERE. And if you would like to listen to the collection without leaving my site, you can do that too, Baja Bound is Track 387:



    After that surf guitar track, our next track comes to us with a connection to surfing's stepchild-skateboarding and other extreme sports. Every summer Vans puts on a tour of skateboarding, BMX, and alternative rock of the more punky variety. There are often 50-100 acts playing short sets throughout the day. I haven't made it to one, but have acquired several of the compilation albums that are released in conjunction with the tour each year. The next track is from Vans Warped Tour 2010, and its a lot softer and more melodic than a lot of the music on the Warped compilations. It is a daydream of Mexico kind of song as will be the next track on the list.
    • Hello Mexico  2010 Warped Tour Compilation     Sparks The Rescue     3:48


    Amazon doesn't offer the track individually but you can download the whole album:



    Next up is one of the more popular songs with title Mexico. James Taylor's "Mexico". I have 2 versions in my collection. The original release was a hit from his 1975 Gorilla and the second is from his 1992 Live album. To break them up I have a cover by Jimmy Buffett from his 1994 album Barometer Soup. Click on the title for download links.

    Mexico     Gorilla    James Taylor     2:59
    Mexico    Barometer Soup    Jimmy Buffett     4:06
    Mexico Greatest Hits James Taylor     3:26

    Here is a 1998 video of James Taylor performing the song. It's a different version than either of the two on my list, but I rather like it.



    Jimmy Buffett doing his version in 2010:



    Jefferson Airplane take off next with their "Mexico". It is a drugged out tribute to Mexican weed and a call to solidarity to hippies to resist Richard Nixon's assaults on hippies and drugs.



    Mexico 2400 Fulton Street  Jefferson Airplane     2:08

    A few years ago, I discovered Slightly Stoopid. They are a California Alt-Reggae band similar to Sublime out of San Diego, CA. There used to be a website that had a lot of Sublime and Sublime-inspired bands shows and tracks for download. I found several Slightly Stoopid shows that feature their song "Mexico". Unfortunately the page is no longer so I cannot offer you links to these tracks.
    Mexico     May 24th, 2002 Canes Santa Cruz, CA    Slightly Stoopid     5:29
    Mexico     November 4th, 2002 Fox Theater, Boulder CO    Slightly Stoopid     5:44
    Mexico     April 24, 2003 Fox Theater, Boulder, CO    Slightly Stoopid     5:11
    Mexico    April 8th 2004, The Masquerade, Tampa FL     Slightly Stoopid     7:00


    The last track featured this week were also offered as single tracks on that same Sublime site. Its more of that California, alterna-reggae-surf sound. Pretty tasty jam actually. Again, I have no download link. I did however find a video.
    Baja       880 South     2:59

    That about does it for this week. There are still more dusty old curios to be considered in this musical Curio Shop in Tijuana Mexico, off of old Highway 101, join us next week as we continue exploring.  Meanwhile, on Route 66 we will finally be talking about Chicago. Join us next Saturday for that.

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    Saturday, December 21, 2013

    Celebrate The Few, Celebrate The New. It Can Only Start With You/Sufjan Stevens Illinois Tracks Nineteen to Twenty Two

    Part of A Series: Route 66: Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

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    Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois/Sufjan Stevens: Illinois Track One:




    Building The Tower of Babylon

    Welcome back to Old Highway Notes as we continue our journey through Sufjan Stevens Illinois.  As we approach the end of the album we come upon the track the "Seers Tower". In this track Sufjan continues as themes of dissolution that that he is carried through the rest of the album. The song title is a play on words seer being a profit while at the same time the Sears Tower is one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Chicago. This is one of the most overtly religious tracks on the album. Here are the lyrics:


    In the tower above the earth
    There is a view that reaches far
    Where we see the universe
    I see the fire, I see the end

    Seven miles above the earth
    There is Emmanuel of mothers
    With his sword, with his robe
    He comes dividing man from brothers

    In the tower above the earth,
    We built it for Emmanuel
    In the powers of the earth,
    We wait until it rails and rails

    In the tower above the earth,
    We built it for Emmanuel
    Oh, my mother, she betrayed us,
    But my father loved and bathed us

    Still I go to the deepest grave
    Where I go to sleep alone

    The title of the song is a pun relating Tower of Babylon, the original Seers Tower, and the modern Sears Tower. The Sears Tower is a tribute to commerce and material things. Again and again in the album we find Stevens showing a disdain for material progress as he has found the hollow aftermath of a post-industrial Illinois. As he says "I see fire I see the end" it can reference the biblical Book of Revelations, the Great Chicago fire,  the collapse of the Tower of Babel, or maybe just the end of the album. Again he leaves much open for personal interpretation.

    Stevens continues by introducing Emmanuel as the Savior from the mother. I believe he's referring to the mother as being Babylon, whose full title was "Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth" which could again be reference to the way modern man prostitutes himself for superficial material objects . In making the statement that Emmanuel will save you from Babylon, he stays consistent with the themes earlier in the album. Once again he sees redemption in the spiritual as the solution to being let down by the material world.  But he is also making a biblical reference here to the turning against the mother with a strong reference to Matthew 10:35:
    "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35"For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household."
    This quote talks about how a generation will need to break with the traditions of the past if they wish to embrace Christianity. A parallel likely applies to the State Of Illinois as well. For it to continue as a force on the American scene it youth need to break from the industrial modernizing past. "Oh, my mother, she betrayed us, But my father loved and bathed us" is his conclusion. The worldly comforts of Babylon are temporary and fleeting while a strong spiritual base, in his case his Christian faith in the Father, is what is true and comforting. Yet in the end we all die. Sufjan Stevens, ever the cheerful fellow.






    Moving on through the gleeful wonderland that is Sufjan Stevens Illinois, we arrive at what is lyrically the conclusion to the album: "The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders" (Part I: The Great Frontier – Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)" This is where Stevens reaches the conclusions he has been building towards. Musically the song harkens back to "Come On feel the Illinoise" earlier in the album. Here are the lyrics:

    I count the days the Great Frontier
    Forgiving, faced the seventh year
    I stand in awe of gratefulness
    I can and call forgetfulness

    And when I, and when I call
    The patient, the patient fall
    The Spirit, the Carpenter
    Invites us to be with her

    What have we become America?
    Soldiers on the Great Frontier!
    Carpenter and Soldier, one on one
    It's the battle, volunteer!

    Run from yourself
    From your friends, from ya-
    Run for your life
    For your friends, for ya-
    America, merica, meri-
    Oh Illinois, Illinois, Illi-

    The prairie, the frontier
    The perfect farm, it's from here
    The fortress, the faker, the cornerstone, the baker
    The dancer, the fisher, audition and the disher
    The boxer, the fetcher
    The chewing gum, dreamcatcher

    I count the days the Great Frontier
    Forgiving, faced the seventh year
    I stand and strain to make ends meet
    Five Spirits on the Grand Marquee

    And when I, and when I call
    The patient, the patient fall
    The Spirit, the Carpenter
    Invites us to be with her

    There was a man at the wall
    He was grateful for us all
    I saw the wise woman sing
    She wasn't asking anything
    She wasn't asking anything
    How she made the nations sing!

    What have we become America?
    Soldiers on the Great Frontier!

    Run from yourself!
    From your friends, from ya-
    Run for your life!
    For your friends, for ya-
    America, merica, meri-
    Oh Illinois, Illinois, Illi-

    The mattress, the floozies
    The actress at the movies
    The lantern, the lotion
    The wind that wakes the ocean
    The Standard Edition
    The architect's rendition
    The fashion, the fevers
    The house we got at Sears

    Oh, Great Fire of Great Disaster
    Oh, Great Heaven, oh, Great Master
    Oh, Great Goat, the curse you gave us
    Oh, Great Ghost, protect and save us
    Oh, Great River, green with envy
    Oh, Jane Addams, spirit send thee
    Oh, Great Trumpet and the singers
    Oh, Great Goodman, King of Swingers
    Oh, Great Bears and Bulls, Joe Jackson
    Oh, Great Illinois

    Given what you lost, are you better off?
    Given what you had, has it made you mad?
    Celebrate the few, celebrate the new
    It can only start with you

    The song opens with an appeal to join the spirit, the carpenter and the soldier on the plains. Once again this can be taken literally or symbolically as spirit, carpenter, and soldier are all terms realted to Christ, yet those are also the sorts who settled the Midwest and built the state. After the inroductory appeal, the song takes the sort of list approach that he applied to various cities though the course of the album and applies it to the state. Finally, closing, he asks the questions: ":Given what you lost, are you better off? Given what you had, has it made you mad?" He doesn't answer the questions but ends in a challenge to the the listener, and the people of Illinois: "Celebrate the few, celebrate the new. It can only start with you." Perhaps my favorite line in the album.





    "Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few", the next track is just a short reprise and other example of Stevens splitting a song into multiple tracks so he has a place to use a clever title.





    Illinois ends with a musical post script and an opportunity for Sufjan Stevens to give us one more long title before we go: "Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run" The song itself is very reminiscent of The Black Hawk War earlier in the album, which I still maintain is a shout out to Koyaanisqaatsi as I outlined in my post on the earlier track. Still, it is an entertaining little bit of minimalism:








    Thanks for joining me in my exploration of Sufjan Stevens Illinois. Its been a bit of long journey through its lyrics, but next week I plan to get started on Chicago as we start to examine the cities of Route 66 (I bet you thought I would never get there!). Don't forget to visit on Sunday as well as we continue to explore musical border curios in Tijuana, Mexico off Old Highway 101.


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    Sunday, December 15, 2013

    Border Curios Part 1


    Curio Shopping
    Classic Curio Shop
    This is part of a multi-part post: Tijuana Day Trip


      Hello again my friends! Today we start to wrap up our musical visit to Tijuana with a musical visit to the curios shop. A curios shop is a fixture of the Tijuana tourist district. Basically a souvenir shop, curio shops carry everything from acoustic guitars to zebra striped paper mache animal figures, from ponchos, blankets, and sombreros to day of the dead masks and taxidermied frogs arranged as mariachi bands. You never know what you will find and that is part of the fun.

      My collection of curios I offer you today as added to the set list are a random assortment of songs about Mexico, Tijuana, Baja and the border that didn't fit in neatly with my other posts. I tried to arrange them into  a rough narrative of a Tijuana visit gone wrong, while maintaining as listenable flow as i could since the set cross a fair number of musical genres. Bartering is a traditional custom in a curios shop, so take what interests you and leave the rest.


      To start our set we have a mini-set from a bunch of singing cowboys and cowgirls. The first of these is one of my favorite old time singing cowboys, Gene Autry. He sang many songs about Mexico and he will both start and end the curios set.
      • Trail To Mexico     The Gene Autry Show-The Complete 1950's Television Recordings    Gene Autry     1:05
      • Across The Border     Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions     Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris   6:19
      • Gringo Honeymoon     No. 2 Live Dinner     Robert Earl Keen, Jr.     5:04

      This is a different live version of Gringo Honeymoon but a good one...



      • South Of The Border     Under Western Skies    Marty Robbins     2:15


      The song "south Of The Border" allows us to turn a corner as I also have an easy listening version of the song from Werner Muller and his Orchestra. After that, Coplands El Salon Mexico seemed to fit.
      • South Of The Border     Stereo Music Parade In Phase4     Werner Müller & his Orchestra     2:29 
      The link to "South of the Border" is from a different release of the song by the same artist.And the video is from a re release compilation.


      •  El Salón México     Copland: Billy The Kid, Organ Symphony, Etc,    Leonard Slatkin: BBC Symphony Orchestra     12:03
      The Copland album is not available on mp3. No video was available that I could find of this particular performance. I was however able to find a nice performance by the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra.




      After that beautiful piece I didn't know where to go so I decided to turn on the Mexican Radio. I have two versions: the original Wall of Voodoo hit and a rewrite by El Vez, the Mexican Elvis.

      • Mexican Radio     Call of the West     Wall of Voodoo     4:11
      Here is a vintage clip of Wall of Voodoo performing the song in the 80's.


      • Mexican Radio     Graciasland     El Vez     4:12
      A little more about El Vez:





      As promised, we get a little more Gene Autry as the fiesta begins.
      • Under Fiesta Stars     The Gene Autry Show-The Complete 1950's Television Recordings     Gene Autry     1:57
      • Under Fiesta Stars 2     The Gene Autry Show-The Complete 1950's Television Recordings    Gene Autry     1:36
      The party continues, strangely, with an Irish twist as the Pogues take the stage.
      • Fiesta     If I Should Fall From Grace With God    The Pogues     4:13

      When you are in a border town, sometimes the characters at the party might be a little shady.
      • Banditos     Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy     Refreshments     4:17


      • I Felt Like A Gringo     The Stone - San Francisco, CA 12-1-84     Minutemen     3:42
      As far as I know this show is not an official release. You can download it HERE. And this clip is from a show one year later at the same venue.



      • Tijuana Must Fall [Catholic Discipline "Babylon Must Fall"]     The Recline of Mexican Civilization    Manic Hispanic     3:24
      The original "Babylon Must Fall" by Catholic Discipline is covered in Manic Hispanics reworking of the song.



      This trip has gotten a bit hectic. I think it might be a good time to settle down for a while and chill out until next Sunday when the curio assortment continues as we wind up our visit to Tijuana Mexico of old Highway 101. Meanwhile on Saturday we should be almost done with with Sufjan Stevens Illinois after which we will begin to explore Chicago. Join us for more music, stories and adventure won't you?

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