The Trip

Sitting in the summer porch today, I’m thinking about past trips and trips we’d like to take. Family care and other responsibilities prevented us from travelling far away since the spring of 2017. We did take a short road trip to Calgary, Alberta in 2018 as a quick but not uninterrupted bit of respite. And finally, by February of this year, it looked like we could actually start to plan to go somewhere. Then, well, you know what happened, everywhere

It still feels weird that we are quite limited in many of our activities, despite many sectors of society reopening to people. And while many people are mixing a fair bit in small crowds, Sweety and I are still relatively hunkered down, though it was nice to join a friend last night for dinner in her back yard and to go to a pub for lunch with my two lads on Fathers’ Day.

My province, Manitoba, is very fortunate. Our public health officials acted quickly, put restrictions in place early, expanded them as needed, and people cooperated. Plus, Manitoba is not a major airport hub, reducing the possibility of travel-related spread of the coronavirus. So on the one hand, while it’s a drag to be limited, on the other hand, it seems like a small price to pay for being affected far less than many places are.

When I was writing the post for “On My Way Back Home” by Band of Horses, “The Trip” came on YouTube’s autoplay shuffle. I’ve also heard it on KEXP Seattle. The song comes from the 2013 release Strange Pleasures by the band Still Corners.

The rolling melody brings to my mind’s eye the view out the passenger window when on long driving trips, staring out at the endless prairie vista. I can almost hear the wind and the sound of the wheels rolling. “So many miles…” 

The thought also makes me think of songs I’d hear in the car when my brother and sister-in-law took me on day trips with them to the beach in my childhood.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from the Sub Pop Records official YouTube channel

If you really like the song, here’s an unofficial, 33-minute extended version.

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