Fastball’s “The Way”–Laura’s Feel Good Song of the Day [VIDEO]
I was a little surprised to discover that Fastball doesn’t have a Youtube channel. (Actually, not really. I probably haven’t even thought about Fastball since the 90’s.) This “official” Youtube video for 1998’s “The Way” was recorded straight off of MTV, back when they actually played music videos.
The meaning of the song revolves around an older married couple who decide to give it all away by packing up and going driving. Along the way, their car breaks down, so they continue on foot. As the song goes on, it becomes apparent that these two achieve happiness by losing touch with the world.
According to Wikipedia, Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading articles which described the disappearance of an older married couple, Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home in June 1997 to attend the Pioneer Day festival at nearby Temple, Texas, but never arrived. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route.
The beginning of the song features a radio scanning through FM stations; among the songs played are Jewel’s “Foolish Games”, Roy Orbison’s “You Got It”, and Madonna’s “Vogue.”