Astoria: An Adventure in Songs about Places I’ve Never Visited

As any loyal follower of this blog knows, I have an interest in song contests that borders on the obsessive. I’m drawn to them like a moth to the flame, and my latest flame is Astoria, Oregon.

Astoria is celebrating its 200th birthday and they advertised a song contest as part of the festivities. I’ve never been to the town, but an afternoon of research reveals that it’s quite a charming place with a colorful history. Did you know that Lewis and Clark spent a winter there? That it was the first major outpost of the Northwest? That Goonies, Kindergarten Cop and Free Willy were all filmed there? I tried to pack my new found knowledge into a song the town could call their own.

The fruit of my labor is a song named after their bicentennial theme, “Astoria: An Adventure in History.” Take a look at the PDF or listen to an MP3 demo sung by the Greg Quartet.

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