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I'm thinking seriously of looking into the price of this old hotel in Saguache, Colorado where I used to run the kitchen. It's got a nice restaurant and bar and a dozen or so nice rooms. It's been vacant for about 5 years now. The town has little or no industry except for ranching and farming and the occasional tourist. But it's population doubles during hunting season. So I was thinking on opening it during hunting season full time and then other parts of the year as tourism demands at least for the first few years.

The place has been around almost 100 years.

Here is a pic from the beginning of the 20th Century and then one taken last year.

So Deb and I get into this discussion this morning. If we keep the bar old timey, where the dusty cow hand can feel just as comfortable drinking a beer as the ranch owner who orders a mixed drink, what kind of songs would we want to have on the juke box.

I'm thinking an old Wurlitzer juke that has two songs by each artist. You are the bartender and you get to choose the songs, knowing you will have to listen to them over and over again, ad infinitum.

The old 45 rpm jukeboxes hold 50 records so you get two songs by each artist for a total of 100 songs. Of course you could have more than one 45 by the same artist.

So here are my top 100 bar songs.

1. Patsy Cline
A. Crazy
B. I Fall to Pieces

2. Hank Williams Sr.
A. Jambalaya
B. Hey, Good Lookin

3. Marty Robbins
A. El Paso
B. El Paso City

4. Eagles
A. Desperado
B. Hotel California

5. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
A. For What It's Worth
B. After the Gold Rush

6. Hollies
A. Long Cool Woman
B. Carrie Ann

7. Seals and Crofts
A. Summer Breeze
B. Hummingbird

8. America
A. Horse With No Name
B. Sandman

9. Led Zepelin
A. Starway to Heaven
B. Going to California

10. Beatles
A. Norwegian Wood
B. Paperback Writer

11. Procol Harum
A. Conquistador
B. Whiter Shade of Pale

12. Yardbirds
A. For Your Love
B. Heart Full of Soul

13. George Jones
A. Corvette Song
B. The Race Is On

14. Willie Nelson
A. Seven Spanish Angels
B. On the Road Again

15. Ray Charles
A. Georgia on My Mind
B. Busted

16. David Allan Coe
A. Long Haired Redneck
B. You Never Even Cal Me by My Name

17. Uriah Heep
A. Stealin'
B. Easy Livin'

18. Lynard Skynard
A. Freebird
B. Sweet Home Alabama

19. George Strait
A. All My Exes Live in Texas
B. The Chair

20. Fleetwood Mac
A. The Chain
B. Oh Well

21. Marshal Tucker Band
A. Fire On The Mountain
B. Can't You See?

22. Pure Prairie League
A. Amie
B. Fallin In and Out of Love

23. Jackson Browne
A. Load Out/Stay
B. Runnin on Empty

24. Allman Brothers
A. Melissa
B. Midnight Rider

25. Del Shannon
A. Runaway
B. Handy Man

26. Roger Miller
A. King of the Road
B. Dang Me

27. The Surfaris
A. Wipe Out
B. Surfer Joe

28. Dick Dale
A. Miserlou
B. Pipeline

29. Donovan
A. Sunshine Superman
B. Mellow Yellow

30. Jefferson Airplane
A. Somebody to Love
B. White Rabbit

31. Johnny Cash
A. Ring of Fire
B. Folsom Prison Blues

32. Waylon Jennings
A. Mamas Don't Let You Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
B. Lukenbach Texas

33. The Doors
A. Riders On The Storm
B. Roadhouse Blues

34. The Outlaws
A. Green Grass and High Tides
B. Sundown

35. The Highwaymen
A. The Highwayman
B. Big Rock Candy Mountain

36. Michael Martin Murphey
A. Geronimo's Cadillac
B. Wildfire

37. The Kingsmen
A. Louie, Louie
B. Little Latin Lupe Lu

38. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
A. You Don't Know How it Feels
B. Runnin' Down a Dream

39. Deep Purple
A. Smoke on the Water
B. Hush

40. Steppenwolfe
A. Born to be Wild
B. Magic Carpet Ride

41. Tommy James and the Shondelles
A. Dragin' the Line
B. Crimson and Clover

42. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
A. I Love Rock and Roll
B. Do You Wanna Touch Me

43. Bruce Springsteen
A. Born in the USA
B. Born to Run

44. Bob Seger
A. Roll Me Away
B. Night Moves

45. Bill Withers
A. Ain't No Sunshine
B. Give Me the Beat Boys

46. The Platters
A. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
B. Shake it Up Mambo

47. Evis Presely
A. Heartbreak Hotel
B. Don't Be Cruel

48. Santana
A. Oye Como Va
B. Black Magic Woman

49. Jerry Lee Lewis
A. Great Balls of Fire
B. Breathless

50. Van Morrison
A. Moondance
B. Brown Eyed Girl

OK, those are mine. Lets hear yours.



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Jul. 8th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, you've picked all mine. And now I've got a major jones to stay there and feed the juke box while I have a drink and ogle cowboys. I haven't been to CO in years, but I recently discovered that I have some paternal relatives (Gurule) over there. What part of the state is Saguache in?

I've always wanted a B&B, but this place sounds great. It could be the kind of work that makes itself worth it.
Jul. 8th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
Saguache is in the Northern End of the San Luis Valley whci is in the middle of the state, between the Sangre de Cristos and the San Juans. The Rio Grande starts there in the Valley. Also the Great Sand Dunes National Monument is there. And it's a layover spot on the migration of the Sand Hill Cranes. Also, up at Crestone is a big energy vortex.

Jul. 8th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, BTW, you have to put Procol Harem's "Whiter Shade of Pale" and Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" on there, or Eddie Arnold's "Make The World Go Away"... Jim Reeves' "He'll Have to Go"... Ray Charles' "Crying Time Again" and "Georgia On My Mind"...

OMG, I have to stop. I am starting to flash back to my misspent youth and the Bodacious Country Club where I used to dance Texas Two Step with oilfield trash at the tender age of seventeen.

That sounds like a wonderful area. If you do actually decide to do it, we'll have to make an effort to visit; maybe a second honeymoon ;-)
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC)
Cool! I do have White Shade of Pale on there and Georgia on my mind. The others I'll add in the second month or so.

Jul. 8th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
Saguache is a Ute word for Lake of Sky Blue Waters because the whole Valley used to be this big volcanic crater that was filled in by water. It has natural hot springs all over it.

Jul. 8th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
When I went to Phoenix back in 1995, I took rolls and rolls of film; then they disappeared when I got home and I didn't find them until a couple of years ago. Gradually, I've gotten all the rolls developed, and it's a great surprise to savor every bundle of memories. One of my favorite side trips was with a friend from Cornville who took me to Montezuma's Eye for the day. It was spectacular. I had no idea there were so many of those volcanic "wells" out there.
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
Most of that side of Colorado is dominated underground by something called the Laramide Orogeny. A huge lava bed that holds billions of gallons of water. Great for the barley and red potatoes grown there. Denver has been trying for years to find some way of building a pipline to bring the waterr over to them but there is always too much protest from the Valley residents, thank Spirit.

Jul. 8th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
That would be a fabulous jukebox. But don't you want Marty Robbins' "Cool Water" along with "El Paso"? (I've actually never heard "El Paso City".)

Other than that it looks just about perfect.
Jul. 8th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
El Paso City he did in 76 and is the sequel to the original El Paso.

Jul. 8th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
The palce looks awsome. But I can't choose just 2 songs - I learned long ago that a lot fo songs are only a piece of the puzzle that is the full album. For example, I'd ahve to have the entirety of Led Zepplin 4, and not just Stariway to Heaven. And where are Simon & Garfunkel? And Queen? And Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd? The late great Jonny Cash? My god man, how can you live without "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Boy named Sue" and, and, and....

No, I'd buy a 300 CD jukebox that looked like the old 45 one. I'd set up the sterio to soften and make things sound a bit more analog, but hell...50 songs for eternity? I'd go inssane after the first year. Or swap out disks every three weeks just to keep the patrons on their toes and my sanity intact...

Admittedly, those ar e*ALL* must own songs....
Jul. 8th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC)
Johnny Cash is in there with the exact two songs you mentioned. As for Floyd, I assume if I'm bartending I'm also drinking some and when I drink and listen to Floyd, I wanna kill myself so while I love Floyd sober, it's not a good combo for me in a bar. As I said, you could choose the same artist more than once as in most jukeboxes.

I'd thought about the CD jukebox seriously. I was just going for a more rustic kind of bar and wanted that old jukebox kind of sound. But what I was thinking of iskeeping tabs on which songs actually got played in the first month and then switching some out for other favorites. ANd yes, I agree on Led Zep and in a real world setting, I'd have to throw some David Bowie in as well as Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Warren Zevon and lots more, but we have time.

Jul. 8th, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
I REALLY dig your taste in music! :) My list would be entirely too hard to choose! :)
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
It took me all day to figure those out. Feel free to add a few if you like.

Jul. 9th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
I'd have something by Simon & Garfunkel on there. Maybe "The Boxer" or "I Am a Rock" for uplifting songs, "Richard Corey" or "The Sound of Silence" for cryin' in your beer songs, and "Patterns" or "The Dangling Conversation" for deep thoughts.

Are you sure you don't want to play any Billy Ray Cyrus? *runs away quickly*
Jul. 9th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
I was in the Rock Ola Cafe in High Point with a friend of mine when that song Achy Breaky Heart was popular. These two teenaged girls came in and went over to the JukeBox and played that song. The bartender wlaked over and unplugged the jukebox and tossed a dollar on the table of the two girls and walked off. That's my best memory of that song.

Yeah, i was limited to 100 songs or rather I limited myself. I'd have to just have a pool of other songs and keep changing them out. I'd have to put in some Thin Lizzy and Steeely Dan and Jethro Tull and Bowie as well.

Jul. 9th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes. Must have Bowie. No modern jukebox is complete without David Bowie.

There's a little cafe in Kannapolis near the train trailer that has one of the real old jukeboxes. The kind that you pay a dime to hear a record. All of the records were at least thirty years old. If we weren't rushing to catch a train, I would have played something just to hear a real jukebox just once in my life.
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