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Musical Map Of The USA

My maternal grandmother never fully adapted to life in New Mexico. The minks gave her away. She moved to Albuquerque with three young children in the mid-1950s, following her husband all the way from Manhattan (with a brief detour in Nebraska) in pursuit of cleaner air and a noble call to defend tax legislation in the Wild West. Albuquerque is the kind of place where lawyers can wear bolo ties and gallon hats to court,...
Maps take us places. They bring us home, lure us to cities we’ve never been to before, remind us how to return to corners we’ve seen once, but couldn’t revisit without directions. Of course, in many ways, music does the same thing. Through song, we’re able to return to our childhoods, remember our first crush, an era we miss, spend time with a person we’ve lost or people we still love. This collection of...
In the 4th grade I was assigned my very first “research project.” It was to write an eight to ten page handwritten report on one of the 50 states, excluding California because we lived there and had already done an extensive class unit on its history. I don’t remember which state I chose, but I do remember my dad accompanying me to the library to pick out a book about it. As we scoured...
I’ve always liked Delaware, even the way it was treated like a truck stop by my parents on drives to less gray skies. I’ve always liked that transitory feeling, that a place people make homes and build lives could be treated as so momentary to so many people. I’ve had friends go to college in the state, and they enjoy the same feeling: they put some roots there, but not all of them, a...

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