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Hit The Road Lyrics and (MIDI) music to the unofficial road geek anthem. What other song mentions both Interstates 238 and 491?
The NIMBY song NIMBY stands for Not In My Backyard. This song temporarily borrows the tune from "Windy."
Why it all sounds the same
It sounds like a good mix of songs -- but the sequence numbs you, as if the station had chosen one song and played it 10 times.
That's exactly what happened.
All the above songs rely on the same chord progression, called 1564 (see sidebar) to pull the melody along. If you wanted to (with some speed adjustments) you could play all ten concurrently, and they'd mesh. Pull out your piano and try this with the lyrics from No Doubt, Blink 182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and U2, provided below.
Wasn't that fun? You might be starting to realize why many songwriters reach for this
old standby, consciously or not; it has the cadences old theorists proclaimed as necessary
for a piece of music to have power. The tonic (I) leads naturally to the dominant chord (V),
which provides a nice layup to the minor chord (vi); the subdominant (IV) sets you up
perfectly for the tonic, so you can repeat the whole thing again. It's now a cliche. New songs
with 1564 are without power, because they don't show you anything novel.
MusicPOWER is part of a hobby site and has no schedule. We've seen the results of columnists without an idea at all, but still forced to write a few hundred words. It's inhumane. I won't do it here.
Kurumi.com is pretty road-heavy right now; there are areas for Connecticut Roads, 3-digit interstate highways, freeway interchanges, a Java SignMaker, and Trippy Drive '71, which takes longer to load than explain, but not by much.
If roads don't interest you, check out the Cynical Kurumian online magazine. It's all opinion, occasionally buttressed by fact -- and much less about roads.