From his 1969 album “Running Down the Road,” “Coming into Los Angeles” increased in popularity as it was one of the songs Arlo performed live at Woodstock later that year. According to Geoff Boucher of the LA Times who got the story from Arlo, the song chronicles a late 60s flight from London to Los Angeles by Mr. Guthrie.
While on the flight, he opened up his suitcase to find that someone from London included a present of a couple of kilos of contraband. Needless to say, Arlo was extremely nervous especially when he was going to go through customs. Apparently, as the song doesn’t record an arrest or any harassment, he was able to re-enter the US with the unnamed illegal substance.
Boucher explained the line in the song about the “Chickens flying everywhere around the plane.” It refers the extreme turbulence the plane experienced on its flight over the Arctic and the stewardesses were dropping chicken dinners in the process.
About two weeks ago a friend and I were talking about Arlo’s music and I remembered this song. I hadn’t heard it in years and it is perfect for our Wooden Music Wednesday feature as Arlo plays an acoustic guitar throughout the tune. The fine electric guitar leads were courtesy of Clarence White of The Byrds.
RBTG’s 1,200th Post RetrospectLike I had reported with every other 100th post anniversary, I took a look backward on how we are doing visitor wise. I began this blog on September 26, 2009, but did not start monitoring the visits until October 16, 2009. Currently, we have 67 declared followers of the blog – up from 59 in January. There are many others who have visited frequently without declaring themselves as followers. The statistics are listed below:
|Number of Pages Viewed||184,355|
|People Visiting 200+ Times||1,695|
|People Visiting 101-200 Times||790|
|People Visiting 51-100 Times||609|
|People Visiting 26-50 Times||585|
|Number of Visitor Countries Represented||175|
|Percentage of Visitors Referred from Search Engines||63.3%|
|Percentage of Visitors Referred from Other Sites||26.4%|
|Percentage of Visitors via Direct Access||10.3%|
The Top Ten ChartsOn January 28/29, 2013, Google apparently changed its algorithm on how it counts visitors for sites using its analytics feature. There was a marked drop of page views on January 29 to levels that were lower than two years ago. January 29 also was the date of our 1100th post.
Because of this, we will not be bringing you the Top 10 charts for songs and dates, as these will no doubt remain static because the current numbers are unusually low. The overall numbers are up and we have more dedicated followers; however, this is not translating in the daily page view category. We will only be able to provide the Top Ten Visitor Countries.
The Top Ten Visitor Countries
The rankings remain static when compared to the previous two anniversaries; however, Spain is poised to take the ninth spot soon. Three new countries and territories were added since January 2013. They include one from Europe (Kosovo), one from the Caribbean (Guadeloupe), and one from Oceania (Solomon Islands).
As always, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support of this site and the encouragement to keep going forward. Thanks again for Reading between the Grooves.