Broadway Hotel

I have built quite an internal repertoire of popular music. I can sing along with hundreds, maybe thousands, of songs. It’s not something I set out to do — I just like to sing along to songs I like, and the lyrics have stuck.

Some song or other plays in my head at virtually all times. The places and things I encounter, as well as the conversations in which I take part, frequently remind me of a song. Then my mind plays it, on repeat, until some other experience changes the tune.

Upon encountering Madson’s Broadway Hotel, an old Al Stewart song filled my head the rest of the day. It’s a sad, odd little song with a lovely piano and violin interlude, and it has nothing other than a shared name to do with this old-timey inn in Madison.

Broadway Hotel


16 thoughts on “Broadway Hotel

  1. Keith Milsark says:

    Big Al Stewart fan! If you can find his album “Between the Wars”, it’s worth buying. Great album, with all the songs about the time between the two world wars. I bet you’d like it.

  2. Each Christmas and after every time I watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it takes me a week or so to get Bing Crosby’s Mele Kalikimaka out of my head. LOL!

  3. Jeremy says:

    Having a tune continually repeating in my head can drive me up the wall. My grandmother used to call it “last song syndrome”

  4. Dan Cluley says:

    I like the song (your picture too) and I love “Year of the Cat” so clearly I need to dig into Stewart’s catalog one of these days.

    I recently ran across a bunch of Jim Steinman songs from the ’80s so I’ve had those rotating in my mental playlist.

    • I need to dig into Stewart’s catalog again. I did it in the late 80s and his very old stuff didn’t work for me. But he’s kept at it and his more modern stuff is worth a chance.

  5. Ridge says:

    Oh man, I feel better. I thought I was the only one who had songs playing in my head all day!

    Sometimes I think how wonderful it would be to have movie soundtracks playing as you went about the day to day stuff. It would certainly make the mundane seem more dramatic.

    Wonderful blog, by the way. Been following for several months now.

  6. Reassuring to hear about the inner soundtrack syndrome we all share. In recent years it’s more often been songs from kids’ films though. And recently The Greatest Showman has featured heavily as both of our kids love it and sing it plenty. Out loud!

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