Music on Monday: Erie Canal

I spent much of today listening to Bruce Springsteen on my headphones at work in an effort to distract myself through an incredibly irritating bout of writer’s block.* One of the great things about having almost 300 Springsteen songs on my iPhone is that I rarely hear anywhere near all of them, so I’m always stumbling into tracks I love that I haven’t heard in a while.

Today’s example: the cover of “Erie Canal” that Bruce did with his Seeger Sessions Band a few years back. I think pretty much every kid in upstate New York learns the Erie Canal song in fifth grade state history class so it’s a fun childhood memory, in addition to being a good version of an American classic. The only problem in hearing it at work, with my earphones on, was squelching the urge to sing along.


* I have the easiest blog post to write, and you’d think I’ve been tasked with crafting the next “War and Peace” by the way my brain has reacted to the task.

3 thoughts on “Music on Monday: Erie Canal

  1. Tom Simpson August 8, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Uh, I grew up in WNY and somehow never heard this version…what the heck, public schools?! I did hear native WNYer Natalie Merchant do it, though–that must count, right? 🙂

    • Sarah August 8, 2012 / 5:35 pm

      This version is only… oh, five or six years old, I think, so unless you were in school recently, that explains how you missed out. I’ve never heard Natalie Merchant’s version. I’ll have to Google that when I get home tonight. Thanks!

      • Tom Simpson August 8, 2012 / 5:43 pm

        Oh, phew–my schools are off the hook, ha ha. I think the Natalie version is on a children’s music CD I heard somewhere in the last few years, of all places. See if you can turn it up….

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