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A Photo is Worth 1000 Songs – 001

A weekly series exploring photos, words, and songs.
Photos: Arik Solberg
Words: Dave Shiffman
Songs: ♫ on Spotify

WORDS:  Stumbling upon a beach that you didn’t know existed. Pulling the camper right up to the water for a lakefront view.  Paddling out at dusk.  Soaking in the splendor and solitude of Lake McConaughy in Ogalalla, Nebraska.  Falling asleep listening to music by the fire side, under stars and moonlight.  Letting the road open your mind and the beauty of life and land open your heart.  

May these images and the songs we’ve selected to accompany them bring you peace and put some pep in your step on this fine Friday.








  1. Midnight Landing – 10 Ft. Ganja Plant
  2. Atabey – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
  3. Heartland (Acoustic) – Stick Figure
  4. Farmhouse – Phish
  5. Start with Yourself (feat. Kaya, Aston & Olivia Heinrichs) – Josh Heinrichs
  6. Cali Song – Giraffe Aftermath
  7. Sweet Life (Acoustic) – The Movement
  8. Periscopes – The Beautiful Girls
Dave is the author of "The Cosmic Burrito", a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. In the past, he has written for various music publications and interviewed a range of artists including Sublime, Everclear, Burning Spear, Big Mountain, Bad Brains, Neal Casal and Lucky Dube. Dave has a deep passion for reggae music, Rasta consciousness and island culture. In reggae circles, he goes by the name "Rootsdude," and he has dubbed his extensive music collection “Rootsdude Sound System.” David plays ice hockey weekly for two recreational teams he founded and manages, Team Rasta and The Wailers.