People’s Playlist: Maps

I have just finished catching up on last week’s People’s Playlist over at 6 Music. The People’s Playlist is a feature on Lauren Laverne’s show on the digital music station that is a compilation of listener-suggested tunes around a set theme each week. The most recent playlist was a wonderfully sonorous geographical experience featuring songs around the topic of maps, mapping, map-making, way-faring and travelling. 

Mappa Mundi – Hereford Cathedral

Over the course of 30 minutes, seven suggested songs were selected and woven together with quotes and thoughts about maps and power, – truth, – reality and their use from a range of documentaries / interviews. Certainly worth a listen (only 2 day left on iPlayer though!).

The songs that made the shortlist were:

  • Do You Know The Way To San Jose – Dionne Warwick
  • I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash (see accompanying website – really excellent)
  • Atlas – Beth Jean Houghtom
  • Map Ref 41 Degrees N 93 Degrees W – Wire
  • Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
  • America – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Any Spotify users can subscribe to the playlist here.

Good selection there I think but there must been hundreds of potential others. Perhaps Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich? What would you have suggested? What would you have liked to see on a Map playlist or maybe just a Geography playlist? Suggestions will be made into a publicly available playlist.


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