Podcast: the Rocky Road to Kansas

The Rocky Road to Kansas is a show about Kansas, about highways, about travels, small and large. We hear poetry of Alan Ginsberg, and music of Philip Glass, Aaron Copland, Roger Miller, and a major and reflective percussion piece of Robert Moran.

In this episode of American Highways of music for Kansas, about Kansas, and by Kansas, pianist Guy Livingston takes us through the prairies… and don’t forget the Wizard of Oz, either!

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Music for Kansas


Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Harold Arlen (lyrics E.Y. Harburg)
We’re Off to See the Wizard
Gillian Bevan, Paul Greenwood & Simon Green
Ter ‎– MUS C N09

Aaron Copland
The Tender Land – Once I Thought (Laurie’s Song)
Dawn Upshaw; David Zinman: Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
Nonesuch 79458-2 1

Roger Miller
Kansas City Star (recorded May 31, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee)
Roger Miller
LAB Mercury ‎– 314 526 993-2 EL

Philip Glass
Song #6 from Wichita Vortex Sutra
Philip Glass Ensemble and Alan Ginsberg
Elektra Nonesuch ‎– 7559-79286-2

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Kansas City Here I Come
Firefly, Chris Snyder & Nici Peper
CD Baby Firefly (888174477572)

Robert Moran
The Rocky Road to Kansas
Erik Johnson, percussion; Andrew Morrell, percussion; Joseph Goodrich, keyboards; Kevin Hanson, Guitars
ARGO Decca 444-540-2 5


radio sign on the highway - music for kansas



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