I have an entire Spotify playlist called Maps…
“Save Me, San Francisco” by Train. I’ve only been to SF three times, but that song somehow perfectly reminds me of my experiences there.
“Tucson, Arizona (Gazette)” by Dan Fogelberg. Incredible storytelling, and echoes the bleak, wideopen spaces.
“Little Rock” by Collin Raye and “Austin” by Blake Shelton – Unabashed heartstring-pulling country music. “Little Rock” especially is about small-city heartbreak and possible redemption.
“Champaign, Illinois” by the Old 97s
“Hills of West Virginia” by Phil Ochs – Every playlist should have Phil Ochs. EVERY playlist.
“Descartes in Amsterdam” by Dave Nachmanoff – If you have never listened to any Dave Nachmanoff, you have missed something in life.
“Return to Tunguska” and “Chomolungma” by Alan Parsons – from Parsons’ “A Valid Path” CD, the album where he went full techno on us.
“Indianapolis” by The Bottle Rockets – You’re broke, you’re stuck in a truckstop on the southwest side of Indianapolis, and your truck is busted. This is the soundtrack.
“Canada’s Really Big” by The Arrogant Worms – Damn, these guys are funny.
“Birmingham” by Amanda Marshall – The second saddest example of an artist destroyed by the music industry. Oh, and the song’s great.
and, of course,
“The Rocky Road To Dublin” by The Dropkick Murphys