I am a music geek and damn proud of it. Sometimes when I travel, I'll seek out musical landmarks. An ex-boyfriend let me take him to Sky Blue Sky, a restaurant in Toronto named after Wilco's album. The sandwiches were actually really tasty. They were all named after Wilco songs and most of them were vegan or vegetarian if I recall correctly. I just remember they used a delicious spicy bread which I thought made them stand out. Who doesn't like a yummy sandwich named after songs by one of my favourite bands? I certainly don't. In London, my English friend helped us find Bar Italia which is the title of a Pulp song. We were going to eat there, but I couldn't find anything appealing on the menu which was quite sad. I was a bit taken aback that it seemed much smaller than I had imagined it in my head. One time when my sis and I were bored, we drove to Dick's Diner, where Radiohead's "High and Dry" video was filmed. It's a local place so we figured, why not? I thought it was exciting to sit where my favourite band sat. The food wasn't that spectacular but I did enjoy the scenery. I re-played the video in my head and nerded out for a bit.
Sometimes I plan these visits other times, it's just pure coincidence. I'm lucky there are people who understand my music obsession. I know some people may find it annoying but it's something I've very passionate about. I used to spend hours sitting in my room listening to albums from start to finish. I'd study the artwork and the lyrics while getting lost in the sounds. It's pretty sad that we now listen to music digitally on portable devices and we immediately hit shuffle. We just don't have the time to devote to an entire album anymore. It's all about tracks and singles these days. Some of my loyal readers may not even know what an 8-track or cassette tape player looks like. Vinyl has made a comeback, do you think tapes will too? I'm not sure what this rant has to do with the rest of my entry but I plan on keeping up my rock n' roll tour when I can.
What are some places you can think of that have been inspired by your favourite musician or artist? Do you visit places because you were influenced by your favourite band? Come on, tell me.