We were inspired to included this tune coming back from our most recent trip over New Year's weekend. Traveling down the 101 from northern California, we were reminded of it. This is a song, for you in Southern California, that you want to put on as soon as you crest the Conejo Grade on the 101 coming into Camarillo. For you northerners, click the play button just as you come out of the Santa Ynez Valley, onto the Pacific Ocean...you know, just as you clear that canyon by Lompoc on the 101. Be sure to look for those alligator lizards in the air.
Of course, I'm talking about "Ventura Highway" by America and sung by Dewey Bunnell. One of the more perfect songs about a specific location. If there's traffic...not an uncommon sight here...it doesn't work, but if you're on that stretch of the 101, cruising alongside the pacific with an open road, it's just perfect.
Recently, I saw a concert by America on PBS and, although a little grayer, the boys still have it. Here it is, "Ventura Highway" by America...
Travel Tunes first top ten (in order of appearance-links go to download pages)...
10- Ventura Highway (America)
9 - Radar Love (Golden Earring)
8 - I'll Be Home For Christmas (Bing Crosby)
7 - Me and Paul (Willie Nelson)
6 - Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)
5 - Guadalajara (Vicente Fernandez)
4 - Mexico (James Taylor)
3 - Going to California (Led Zeppelin)
2 - Desert Skies (Marshall Tucker Band)
1 - The Letter (Joe Cocker)