Music Songs and Travel: Here Come the Beatles
“Back in the U.S.S.R. shouts Condé Nast Traveler’s travel to Russia article.
The fact is, Beatles song titles and lyrics are commonly found in travel articles – some more subtle than others. “Get Bach” exhorts a classical music tour of Germany. Would you like to hike in Uzbekistan? It’s a “Long and Winding Road.” Not easy, but I did it “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
A one day excursion? “Day Tripper.”
Need to rent a car? “Baby, You Can Drive My Car.”
Going to Las Vegas? “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Noisy hotel? “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Winging it? “I’ll Follow the Sun.” Troublesome Customs – “We Can Work It Out.” Problems in Africa: “I read the news today, oh boy.”
Sunny climes? “Here Comes the Sun.” Spectacular tour full of surprises – you guessed it – “The Magical Mystery Tour” (or “Tomorrow Never Knows”).
Sending your daughter off on a tour of Europe? “She’s Leaving Home” (alternate: “Your Mother Should Know.”)
Finally, Ad Astra, the Space magazine, discusses private flights into Space: “Two Entrepreneurs Have Your Ticket to Ride in Space” - the perfect combination of the ‘60s biggest adventures – Space and the Beatles.
(Ron has written Into the Sky with Diamonds, the history of the Beatles and the Race to the Moon, http://bit.ly/i53anI)
P.S. Don’t expect the songs “Flying” or “Yellow Submarine” to show up on a travel article any time soon. “Across the Universe” may have to wait a little.