Playlist – Mississippi
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
3. Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes
We visited Memphis last week, and took in all things Elvis, even visiting Graceland. We also stayed in Tupelo, MS, the birthplace and childhood home of The King. The one thing that has eluded us is understanding this song. Listen, we hate our shoes stepped on just like everyone else, but when did (blue + suede) = shoes? The answer should be never.
4. 3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone
The Highland Flinger has 3 doors, but you’d be surprised how often 1 or more of them cannot be used due to where we’ve parked. Not wanting to look like Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation, we often crawl through the front to exit/enter from the driver or passenger seat instead of using the side door. Cause, you know, then no one will know that we’re in an RV.
5. The Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man
We’ll soon be rolling down Highway 41, but hopefully we won’t be on a Greyhound bus with someone having an impromptu pregnancy, as Dickey Betts sings about in this song.
6. Nsync – Pop
You may know that N’Sync’s Lance Bass hails from Mississippi, but did you know prior to making it big with Justin, Joey, Chris, and JC he was in a group called “Seven Card Stud”?
7. Blind Melon – No Rain
This song’s music video was an MTV classic, with the tap-dancing girl in the bumble bee costume seemingly being played on the channel (when they still played music videos) for years.
8. Brandy – I Wanna Be Down
Jackie remembers Brandy for being a childhood musical favorite. Mark remembers Brandy for being Kobe Bryant’s high school prom date.
9. Jimmy Buffet – Pencil Thin Mustache
With the current pro-moustache movement you are able to find moustache adorned items beyond the traditional stick-on moustache. We’ve seen pint glasses, band-aids, and even baby pacifiers mocking a hairy upper lip.
10. Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
With it’s heart-wrenching lyrics, “A Change is Gonna Come” is well known for being an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement. It has won several awards and honors, including being rated among the most 300 important songs ever recorded by National Public Radio.
11. W.C. Handy – St. Louis Blues
With this composition, “The Father of the Blues” inspired St. Louis to name their hockey team in it’s likeness.
12. Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
Did you know that this song refers to the Pentacost’s defining moment when the Holy Spirit manifested itself as “cloven tongues as of fire”, and the Apostles spoke in tongues? Or did you think it was some weird sexual reference to Jerry Lee Lewis marrying a 17 year old at the age of 14? Or possibly a reference to him marrying his 13 year-old first cousin once removed (cousin’s kid)?
13. Muddy Waters – I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters is the father of modern Chicago blues, and also sports a pretty sweet name. But with a real name like McKinley Morganfield, why the change?
14. LeAnn Rimes – Blue
Leann Rimes is crazy. She became famous at the age of 8 by winning Star Search with Ed McMahahon, followed that up by recording this song at the age of 13, and then won a few Grammys. After a successful music career in her teens, she sued her Dad, married a back-up dancer, and then cheated on him with her now 2nd husband. And she’s only 29. Crazy.
15. The Band Perry – You Lie
The Band Perry has made a big splash recently with hits like “If I Die Young” as well as this tune. And, like The Jonas Brothers, they’re comprised of three siblings. But good.