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Soundtrack: All Over the Musical Map — Finding New England; Part 5/6

Other sections of this soundtrack can be found in:
Track listing is under the cut and, where appropriate, a brief description of what makes the song fit in the soundtrack. Download for Tracks 50 through 59 is at the end of listing. Two tracks were too large to be uploaded to, so you will have to go to SaveFile to download (a list is provided at the end of the entry). The other tracks are in the applet.

Please comment if you download...or even if you just feel like it.

Massachusetts — Bee Gees
from Their Greatest Hits
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Look, I seriously cannot have a soundtrack about New England without including this song. Seriously. What makes the inclusion of this song really funny (aside from the fact that the Brothers Gibb are Australian), is that when they wrote this song not one of these guys had ever seen Massachusetts. They just liked the cadance of the name so they wrote a song around it. Okay then! At any rate, snippets of this song are used for just about every single identification bumper for radio stations in Massachusetts. If you ever come to visit, learn to like this song and fast.

Weekend in New England — Barry Manilow
from Ultimate Manilow
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Yes, I know Manilow is from Brooklyn. However, I love this song. Love it. It's completely cheesy, overly sentimental, utterly over-the-top...all while providing the perfect description of a romantic get-a-way winter weekend on Cape Cod. What? Don't look at me like that. No, really. Just stop it. I have nothing to feel guilty about for adoring this song with a love that knows no bounds.

Flying Low — The Willard Grant Conspiracy

from Let It Ride
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For more on the Willard Grant Conspiracy, see above.

People Change — Rockapella
from Rockapella 2
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For more on the Rockapella, see above.

The Christians and the Pagans (Live) — Dar Williams
from Out There Live
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Now this is how you have a holiday. One of may favorite, all-time Christmas songs. You might say that it's almost typical for a New England Christmas, complete with the Christian relatives,
Wiccan relatives, Jewish relatives, atheist relatives, agnostic relatives, MBA relatives, hippy relatives, rich relatives, poor relatives, gay relatives, straight relatives, and all just about every other category you can think gathered around one single family table passing each other the potatoes without throwing crap at each other.

Peace on earth, indeed! And God(dess) bless us, everyone.

For more on Dar Williams, see above.

Magic — The Cars
from Complete Greatest Hits
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The Cars (pronounced "Tha Caahs" by locals) was one of the first New Wave bands in the 1970s and probably one of the few from that era could've given a flying fig about "art." The band was about music, and they really didn't care to expand beyond that. If you're old enough to remember the beginning of the MTV era (back when MTV actually showed music videos) , I don't have to explain The Cars to you. Kick back for a little nostalgia people, and raise a glass to the band's late bassist and drummer Benjamin Orr. I still remember the day in 2000 when the news came over the radio that he had died from pancreatic cancer in Atlanta. It was a semi-official day of mourning on the Boston radio stations.

Dream On — Aerosmith
from Greatest Hits 1973-1988
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Ahhhh, the Bad Boys of Boston. I don't really have to say anything about our hometown pride and joy, do I? God Lord, I hope not. Anyway, to my shame, this is the only Aerosmith track I have. Everything else of theirs that I owned was on cassette tape, all of which was lost in the Tragic Accident Which I Still Can't Talk About. May the New England music gods have mercy on my soul for my terrible, terrible lapse.

Pure Imagination — Vox One
from Pure Imagination
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For more on Vox One, see above.

The Captains of Orange Street — David Huntsinger
from New England Sunrise: Natural Encounters
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I can't seem to find out anything about this guy, other than the fact that he normally makes Christian/New Age-type music. *scratches head* Well, there's no hint of that here on this CD (which is admittedly very, very old). This track is an interesting cinematic-style tune that sounds like it should be over the closing credits of a movie.

Downeaster Alexa — Billy Joel
from Storm Front
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I know, Billy Joel is from Long Island, which is most definitely not a part of New England. However, the 'Downeaster Alexa' makes mention of several New England coastal landmarks and the plight of the fisherman-narrator in the song echoes very strongly in fishing towns like Gloucester and Rockport.

By the by, "downeaster" has several meanings, none of which are dirty. A downeaster is a type of boat, the Amtrack run between Portland, Maine and Boston, and a nickname for people from Maine.

Remember, you can get the rest of the soundtrack in these posts:

Please go to SaveFile to download the following tracks (Click here to reach the Project Page):
  • Flying Low — Willard Grant Conspiracy
  • The Captains of Orange Street — David Huntsinger

Download the rest of the tracks here:

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