Last week, we honored the heat. By the weekend, the effort brought us a little cool down. Since the mandatory odd and even watering days have been implemented, the yards in Mooseville look like dried-up plots of sand, so this week we're celebrating all things desert in hopes that we get a little more rain out of the tribute.
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Kashmir was written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and included on Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album Physical Graffiti (1975). With the help of John Bonham, it took Plant and Page three years to write the song. Inspired by a trip through the desert area of Morocco, Kashmir has been a staple at all Zeppelin concerts since 1975, and all members of the band agree that it’s their best musical achievement.
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Desert Pete was released in 1963 from the Kingston Trio’s album, Sunny Side. Written by Billy Edd Wheeler, the song was, along with the b-side of Ballad of the Thresher, the lead single for the album. About a cowboy trying to draw water from a well, Desert Pete fared well on the charts, peaking at No. 33 on Billboard.
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The title song from Hotel California is considered one of the best songs (and guitar solos) Eagles ever recorded. Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, with music by Don Felder, Hotel California is an interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles, American decadence, and The Beverly Hills Hotel, but some think the song's about Satanism.
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Written by Dewey Bunnell and recorded by America, A Horse with No Name was released in the US in 1972 from the album, America (1971). Originally called Desert Song, A Horse with No Name was not originally on the band’s self-titled debut. Added later, it hit the top spot on Billboard Hot 100 and is considered America’s most-popular hit.
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A Flower in the Desert is from The Cult’s 1984 album, Dreamtime. It’s a reworking of the Southern Death Cult’s song, Flowers in the Forrest. Though A Flower in the Desert wasn’t officially released as a single. Instead, it was the b-side for the song Spiritwalker.
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Written by Toy Caldwell, Desert Skies is from The Marshall Tucker Band’s sixth studio album, Carolina Dreams (1977). Heard It In a Love Song was the only song from that album to land on Billboard Hot 100. Desert Skies was never released as a single.
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Desert Rose is from Sting's 1999 album Brand New Day. Featuring Cheb Mami, the song depicts Adam's agony over his banishment from Eden, and the desert rose is Eve. Jaguar used it in a TV ad in 2000, and prior to their merging with Sirius, it was used in "technical mishap" messages for XM Satellite Radio.