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I don't know if this is true, but I'd like it to be and
therefore haven't Googled, but allegedly the Australian
aborigines used to have maps based on songs, where
they would sing about the locations next to each other.
Today's Western pop music has something slightly
similar in the form of
songs like 'Twenty-Four Hours
From Tulsa' and Simon and his performing Garfunkel's
People often have music on in the car as well as using
satnav. One problem with satnav is the temptation to
look at directions, although obviously it has a voice.
Why not, therefore, combine the two and have
songlines recorded? Oft-travelled routes could become
old classics with time, and as you root onto and branch
off of the motorways/freeways/Autobahn, you branch
off into local verses. The style of the music could also
vary according to the region you're driving through,
with Bluegrass for Kentucky, Cajun for Louisiana, BAPP-
like sounds for the Ruhrgebiet, Wagneresque opera for
Bavaria and Fiddler's Dram for Bangor (North Wales).
As you travel these regular routes, the songs will
become familiar to you and with time you will be able
to sing yourself along the directions without the help of
devices (other than your vehicle), and as music they
will be more memorable than spoken directions. You
would also be able to give other people directions by
singing to them.
If you can sing that is.
Ive Been Everywhere / Rolf Harris
[Ian Tindale, Oct 14 2018]
Not dissimilar technology [hippo, Oct 16 2018]
||"Is this the way to Amarillo...?"
||In the Ghetto
||//Fiddler's Dram for Bangor (North Wales)// I can't see that
being necessary. Bangor is a place you start from, rather than
||No song could be dreary enough for Edon Ohio.
||My friends who navigate by train of thought might find