Broadway Hotel

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.


16 responses to “Broadway Hotel”

  1. Reinhold Graf Avatar

    Year of the Cat is a wonderful album.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It is! Time Passages too.

  2. JoHawkTheWriter Avatar

    And here I thought I was the only one with a personal internal music station. Right now it is the Pina Colada Song. Earlier it was Folsom Prison Blues.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s more common than you may think! I’ve had some old Carpenters songs playing on repeat in my head today.

  3. Keith Milsark Avatar
    Keith Milsark

    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.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Al Stewart was my first concert! It was in 1986.

      I haven’t heard of this album – I’ll check it out!

  4. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    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!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s a nice novelty tune but kind of brutal to have on repeat in your head!

  5. Jeremy Avatar

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

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve learned to roll with it. I can even “change the station” by deliberately playing another kind of music.

  6. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    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.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      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.

  7. Ridge Avatar

    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.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s super common! And I’m glad not to have a movie soundtrack score my life. It would be soooo boring… Happy you enjoy my blog!

  8. Dan James Avatar

    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!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I remember those days. My kids are entering adulthood now so there are far fewer such movies to feed the internal radio station.

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