Columbus Day is Monday, October 8, so I’d like to take a look at his journey from an angle most people don’t think of...the music that would have gotten him through his trans-Atlantic odyssey.
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. His trip was probably exciting at times with sea storms, bouts of scurvy, lack of food, mutiny...you know, the usual. But I’m sure the journey would have been more upbeat if Columbus could have plugged an iPod into the Nina's, the Pinta's, or the Santa Maria’s sound systems.
But what would the original explorer rock out to?
There’s little doubt Columbus’ playlist would have included several of the following relevant songs:
- A Whole New World composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice
The title says it all. Columbus "discovered" the New World with one wrong turn. This song would have had a special meaning for Christopher as he journeyed into the unknown.
- Day Tripper by The Beatles
This one is ironic because "it took him sooo long," and it wasn’t actually just a day trip. His trip across the Atlantic definitely took more than a day. But he found out. He found out.