Map of places in songs

A couple of weeks ago, I created a My Map in Google Maps.  I put a single marker on it, labelled Up the Junction, Squeeze.  The marker sat on the south-west corner of the junction between St. John’s Road and St. John’s Hill, where JD Sports now stands.

The map was created to depict references to places in songs—either in the song title or in the lyrics therein.  I invited a handful of friends to collaborate on the map, and I’m happy to say that it’s now up to 379 icons, representing places mentioned in 227 different songs.  (The KLF’s It’s Grim Up North accounted for an impressive 66 markers alone.)

The markers are colour-coded by musical genre, and collaborators are asked to follow a short list of rules to maintain the map’s integrity.

Our most northerly markers thus far are Siberia Khatru by Yes, and Frank Black’s White Noise Maker, in which Siberia is also mentioned.  Our only Antarctican reference is Ross Dependency, mentioned in Enya’s Orinoco Flow (apparently).

Phase 2 of the project is about to begin, in which a wider set of people will be invited to contribute.  If you’d like to be a part of history, drop me a comment, or an email, and I’ll add you to the list.


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