While singing of a love gone wrong and moving on, country crooner Dierks Bentley extols the virtues of finding himself "Somewhere on a Beach."
Although I don't identify with the particular situation he sings of, simply hearing the chorus puts me in a summer state of mind.
If only he sang, "Somewhere on Osage Beach," it would perhaps be the perfect song to inspire dreams of summer travel in the Show-Me State.
Music - all kinds, not just that tune - has a way of transporting us to a different place and time. After all, isn't there a "song of the summer" every year that, no matter when we hear it in subsequent years, triggers some vivid memory of a past event?
As recent spring rains (and storms) got me thinking about summer travel, I wondered: where would people end up if music led them on a summer adventure in Missouri?
It seems likely some folks would "Soak Up the Sun" at Lake of the Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, Table Rock Lake, Stockton Lake and Pomme de Terre, to name a few. Of course, they might have to ask a rich uncle to "Buy Me a Boat," fox maximum fun (FYI - the singer, Chris Janson, is from Perryville, Mo.).
People in the mood for a cultural connection would visit "Kansas City" to see a show at The Blue Room in the American Jazz Museum. Attractions such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National World War I Museum and Memorial add to the fun.
Those who style themselves as an "Everywhere Man" (or woman) could go to Romance, Macomb, Carthage, Farmington, Union, Rock Bridge, Wheatland, Richmond, Fulton, Mexico, Memphis, Tarkio, Marshall, Camdenton, Salem, Ironton, Cabool, West Plains, Branson, Bonne Terre, Cape Fair, Charleston and Lebanon.
Phew ... that would be quite a trip. But you get the idea.
It's never too early (or too cold or too quiet or ...) to start dreaming about the summer travel season in Missouri. Outdoor fun, renowned museums, live-show venues, festivals and special events ... summer is a season to enjoy in the Show-Me State.
And it will be here before you know it.
Start planning your summer vacation at VisitMO.com. You just might end up on a beach in Missouri.