Going Up The Country…For the Last Time

20 Jan

On The Spine - I am not in this picture. But I should be

Today marks the last time I will make the trek up to Binghamton University in anticipation for either Fall/Spring semester. I have reached the Spring semester of my senior year of college. In May I will adorn green and white and graduate with a BA in English – Rhetoric – Creative Writing – whatever other English specification you want to pack into my degree. I am excited to enter the “real world.” I may be continuing my education at a Graduate level in hopes of achieving a masters in journalism. Or I may immediately enter the work force and become a member of the working population. For now, I will enjoy my last semester of college.

Since today is the last time I will be heading up to Binghamton after winter (or summer) break, it also is the last time that I will feature “Going Up The Country” by Canned Heat paired with my farewell Long Island post. This classic, that was made iconic by the Woodstock movie, is not only a Woodstock anthem, but also an ode to my departure to the north country. Upstate New York…where the water tastes like wine?

The Canned Heat recording from Woodstock also makes the perfect driving song. In it you can hear Bob Hite say that he really needs to pee but there is nowhere to go. A problem when you are driving up deserted 17 as well. So, for good luck on my final trip, here is Canned Heat with “Going Up The Country.”

5 Responses to “Going Up The Country…For the Last Time”

  1. Marielle Strobl January 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is excellent, let alone the content!

  2. longryder January 21, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    Thanks for all you are doing..This song makes ya want to boogie..There take in “Lets Work Together” is also a gem

  3. Matt Coleman January 21, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Absolutely. Thank you for viewing. I always loved Canned Heat. It is a shame that they were not able to record more. There was a lot of talent in the band. I think “Going up the Country” is my favorite by them followed by “On the Road Again” and then “Let’s Work Together”

  4. Rebecca Davis Winters February 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. I found your blog through the Canned Heat song… great selection.

    It is Bob Hite who has to pee at Woodstock. Alan rarely spoke onstage; he was quite shy and found it hard to connect with the audience. But what a talent… he is one of the most under-recognized geniuses of all time, in my opinion.

    I hope you’ll take a few moments to check out the new tribute website to Alan. It was established last year by his family and I’ve been honored to contribute to it. Also, the design theme features the lighting tower from Woodstock! It’s at: AlanWilsonCannedHeat.com.

    I’ll be sure to check out the rest of your blog. Thanks for helping to keep Alan’s music alive, and don’t forget to boogie, as Canned Heat always said!

  5. Matt Coleman February 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I love the biography on the website. Thank you for the correction. I love Canned Heat and often tell my friends that Alan Wilson is one of the most underrated and unknown great musicians. The entire band was excellent. It is a true shame that he had to die so young.

    Thank you so much for checking out the blog and hopefully you can continue to find good content. I do appreciate the view and thanks for the congratulations.

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