So few of us do, says Drake Hokanson. We run from meeting to meeting in our busy daily work schedules. We drive from place to place and seldom take time to talk to a stranger or notice the texture of a wheat field or even just look at the sky.
Hokanson is on a quiet crusade, of sorts, to change that.
This instrumental tune was inspired by long drives along the Great River Road in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. It is not one "road" really, but a series of connected highways that have been designated a National Scenic Byway Route through the coordination of the states and municipalities bordering America's great waterway, the Mississippi River.
The global pandemic we're now living through has disrupted our lives in so many ways. Zoom meetings, livestream concerts, online classes and other virtual realities are just some of the many new intrusions into our daily existence. But when it comes to travel, "virtual" is really nothing new at all. In fact, the original virtual travel experience has been with us for centuries.
I am sometimes lost, often mute, and usually ignorant, and I’ve just got to get used to it.
I’m an American in France. An American who doesn’t speak French.
This is the perfect opportunity to look stupid in all sorts of neat places, from the Riviera to the Notre Dame Cathedral to the Palace of Versailles, at the train station, a restaurant, a hotel, or just plain walking down the street.
I REMEMBER TRAVEL
Journeys in sight and sound by Mike Starling
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