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Time for Us to Fly

by Julie Lacksonen 4 months ago in playlist · updated 4 months ago
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Songs about flight

It's fun to try to make up playlists with a common theme, so this is the first of what may be many pieces featuring lists and links for songs with some common thread, in this case flight or flying.

What better way to start than with Born to Fly! This lovely song, written and performed by the very talented country singer, Sara Evans, has a fun video with a Wizard of Oz theme.

After being Born to Fly, you have to Learn to Fly. Don't take lessons from these guys. The Foo Fighters may have written and performed this tune, but I wouldn't trust them to pilot a remote-control plane after watching this video, as entertaining as they are.

You're still learning, so let's try the tune, Learning to Fly by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This one was co-written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. In this case, flying is used as a metaphor for overcoming adversity.

Now that you're Flying, listen to this hypnotic song by the multi-talented Nashville based singer/ songwriter Cody Fry.

Most pilots fly in the dark at some point. Here's the song Fly by Night, written by the late, great "Professor" Neil Peart, drummer, lyricist and song writer of Rush, with music by Geddy Lee. What is especially impressive about Rush is that they produced so much sound with just three members.

Following are two songs with the same title, Fly Away. The first is by John Denver. It's super sweet and sentimental. It's such a shame that he perished in a plane crash - and a bit ironic, considering the subject of this article.

From the sublime to rocking, fun, good times with the other song entitled Fly Away, this one composed and performed by Lenny Kravitz.

Fly Me to the Moon is a jazz standard which has been covered by countless musicians. Originally titled In Other Words, the song was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. One of the most engaging versions is from the movie Down with Love. Cleverly, they alternate versions sung by both Astrud Giberto and Frank Sinatra. The two versions complement the scene perfectly, though they are written in different keys. Watch as Renée Zellweger's and Ewan McGregor's characters prepare for a date.

Time for some flying animal references. No flying song list would be complete without some birds. First up, Steve Miller Band with one of Steve Miller's compositions, Fly Like an Eagle.

Little Wing, by Jimi Hendrix from the album, "The Jimi Hendrix Experience," doesn't mention flying until near the end of the song, but it's there none-the-less.

This lovely song, Bluebird, Fly, was written and is performed here by tenor and keyboardist Allan Hall, known mostly for his Christian music.

Here's a more famous bird song, Blackbird, by The Beatles, penned by Sir Paul McCartney. Some people think this tune was inspired when McCartney heard a blackbird in India. Funny that the bird sound used in the recording is a songbird, not a blackbird. Listen for it!

Finally, here is the inspiration for this list. The song, Time for Me to Fly was written by lead singer, Kevin Cronin, of REO Speedwagon. This song has been a go-to for people moving on from everything from relationships to places, to jobs.

I hope you enjoyed this fun playlist. Do you know more songs about flying? Would you have included them here? Do you have a topic that would make a good playlist?

Stay tuned for more lists with similar topics... and with that, it's time for me to fly!


About the author

Julie Lacksonen

Julie has been a music teacher at a public school in Arizona since 1987. She enjoys writing, reading, walking, swimming, and spending time with family.

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