Day 6 – A Song that Reminds You of Somewhere: "Sunshine on Leith"

The Proclaimers – “Sunshine on Leith”

View of Leith, Edinburgh

I once spent a wintry summer in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Appalachian-Scottish exchange program through my alma mater. One very vivid memory of those six weeks was a bus ride that took me through Leith, early one morning, and seeing frost on a sunny hillside graveyard. In July. It was astonishing, and remarkably beautiful.

The Proclaimers were everywhere that summer. This record had come out the year before, and being from Edinburgh, the band was still getting played all over town, in every pub, in every shop. “500 Miles” was, of course, the ubiquitous tune, but this one still resonates … most likely because of that cold, July morning.


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

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