The Midnight Train to Georgia
The other day I attempted to help a friend compile music for a disc that might be given to guests at the end of a long weekend event in Georgia. For the CD cover art I had some thoughts on finding non-copyrighted work inspired by Southern trees (photocopying fabric was another option) but in terms of the actual playlist, I think my only good contribution was "Midnight Train to Georgia."
Of course, Gladys and the Pips did the ne plus ultra recording, but so many artists have done great covers. If you're in the mood for something calming try Indigo Girls. Cissy Houston reportedly recorded the song before Gladys, and Joan Osborne released a version in 2007.
For the record, Atlanta does have a noteworthy train station that has not fallen victim to demolition. Neel Reid (1885-1926) designed the Italian Renaissance-inspired Peachtree Southern Railway in 1918. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is known as the Brookwood Station located at 1688 Peachtree St. Click here to learn more about the architecture.
Train station photos are via xpkranger on Flickr. The art shown at top, just for experimental purposes, is courtesy Annie Butrus and she holds the copyright. iPod image is via Target.
Click here to listen to the songs in iTunes.