It was a pleasant driving day on Route 66, travelling through the small towns of Vega and Adrian in Texas. As I entered New Mexico the landscape began to change again, and I began to see a lot more red in the soil and in the hills. The sun was bright and the sky was clear blue. I stopped in Tucumcari for a bottle of water and a sandwich, and then headed on to Albuquerque where I stopped for the night.

I have designated alternating days on this trip as silent days and music days. Today was a silent day in which I was able to simply think and reflect upon many things.

On my music days, I am listening to the CD’s that I brought along with me: Mostly the Beatles, plus some Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Sting, Hall and Oates, and a few others.

Having lived in Philadelphia in the 1970’s and 80’s, both Bruce Springsteen and Hall and Oates were kind of hometown heroes (never mind that Bruce was from the other side of the Delaware River in New Jersey). Daryl Hall and John Oates met in Philadelphia in the late 1960’s; they had lot of hit records in the 1970’s and 80’s; and, they are still performing today, more than 40 years later. I saw them perform a couple of times in Philadelphia and have always enjoyed their music.

--Larry Spears [Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010]