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Measuring the Musical Distance Between Us

Distance measured by rock songs of the 1960s and 1970s.

On a normal traffic day, the time it takes to play “Time” off Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album coupled with the running time of “Do You Feel Like We Do?” off the album “Frampton Comes Alive!” equals a total drive time from my children’s home to my own basement abode.

Sitting through a long traffic signal on Northern Virginia’s Harry Byrd Highway will eat up most of The Cars’ “Candy-O.”

Pumping gas, playing “Highway Chile” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience will fill the time unless you go inside the station to pay. In that event, “Give a Little Bit” by Supertramp usually covers that timeframe unless there’s a rush-hour line. That line in turn means “Life’s Been Good” by Joe Walsh should be played.

Should you be listening to news radio and there’s a report on what the president or his cabinet might be doing during these grim economic times, instead switch to the CD player and “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” by Randy Newman.


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