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76 miles to an oldie-but-a-goody

I have a lot of songs about driving.

 

Here’s an oldie-but-a-goody. It’s the second time I’ve recorded this song: 76 Miles (Fife)

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I was thinking about this tune the other day after a friend made a comment about my last song – that it had “two parts that didn’t go together.” She was talking about the bridge, which I re-did. In that case, she was right. The two parts didn’t belong. (See previous posts.)

But sometimes I like songs that jam seemingly incongruous parts together, as this one does. The main part of the song is 4/4 time. But the chorus is in 3/4 time AND at three-quarter speed. It makes for a drastic change – and it makes it tough to record the transition. But the effect is neat.

The song is about the four-hour drive from K-zoo to Petoskey when I used to live up north. There was a place where the divided highway ended around a little town called Fife Lake (shout out!) and there was a highway mileage sign indicating Petoskey was still 76 miles away. Hence – “the end of the highway, but not the end of the road …”

The few folks out there familiar with version one will note a few changes. The first two verses are re-phrased to stretch out over twice as many measures, and are minor lyrical changes. The bridge is entirely different.

  1. Kim
    June 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I think I like the first version. But maybe because I’ve heard it so many times and seems to fit the emotions of the time. Any way to have the vocals louder?

  2. June 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Sure … turn the volume up!

  3. Kim
    June 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    smart ass!

  4. Julie
    June 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I like the new (upbeat) version.

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