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Tour Soundtracks: Music and Memory

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Tour Soundtracks: Music and Memory – From The Mind of McFarland music blog.

TourSoundtracksOne thing I love about music is how it can anchor memories. Just a few seconds of a song can trigger vivid memories for me, conjuring up images, places, and even scents. The beginning of the opening track to Summercamp Nightmare by 3 immediately takes me back to the summer after my sophomore year in college, sitting on the curb outside the Country Kitchen back in Kent, Ohio, the smell of clove smoke in the air. One of the greatest compliments I’ve had paid to my music is being told that one of my records was “the soundtrack to our road trip”.

The last two tours I’ve gone on had very distinct soundtracks for me. I did these tours on my motorcycle, with a bluetooth headset feeding GPS directions and Spotify playlists into my left ear. I started out with just a few albums on the playlist at the beginning of the first tour, and added to that playlist as I received suggestions or as the whim struck me.

You can check out the playlists for my Lighthouse tour and A Failed Breakup tour here:
#AFailedBreakupTour Playlist
#LighthouseTour Playlist

In about a week, I’ll be hitting the road for the third tour of this year – just a short one this time, five dates across Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, and West Virginia, and I’m super excited to be joined by my good friend Salt (Check out his stuff here, as Skeleton In You) this time around.

Of course, this tour will need to have a soundtrack as well, and I’d like you to help me build it! So please, if you have any recommendations for music – new, old, whatever – that you think should be the soundtrack to this next tour, please let me know. Drop a comment below, or on my Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pages, and help me create a new batch of memories!

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  1. Tammy Rubio Rathjens
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Love your music

    • Michael McFarland
      Posted March 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much, Tammy!

  2. Tammy Rubio Rathjens
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Interesting unique feel

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