Will Wright shares with Radio program KCRW his 5 most inspirational songs as part as their Guest DJ Project – with a breakdown on each song and why he picked them.

1. “Imagine” – John Lennon
2. “Thick as a Brick” — Jethro Tull
3. “You Only Live Twice” – Nancy Sinatra
4. “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” – The Flaming Lips
5. “Telegraph Road” – Dire Straits


(Pic by Rac-Fu)

So what’s your last song you got for us Will?  

WW: “Telegraph Road” by Dire Straits. I’ve always loved Dire Straits and, in fact, in my mind, this was like the unofficial theme song for SimCity.  I actually ended up listening to this song a lot while I was working on SimCity, and it really kind of describes the growth of this town — how initially it’s just some little grassy crossroads where the travelers would walk by and stop at a stream, eventually someone builds a cabin there, and from that point on it just kind of builds and builds and builds until at some point, people are sitting in traffic on the freeway listening to the radio.

It’s interesting because it kind of puts something that we take for granted – the environments that we live in – in this time based context, you know, that if you could just be wherever you are, driving home from work in your city and stop and think, ‘what was this city, what was this place like 200 years ago?’ And it was probably grassy fields, and there might have been a few cabins around, and it really was not that long time ago, and there was a very clear story as to why it grew up and how it built, and yet, we’ve utterly transformed the environment in these places. And if we could only kind of look back in time a few hundred years, we would understand what an incredible impact we’ve had in such a short period of time. So that’s one of the associations. It’s also a very nice melody, and I love the way that it builds over time.

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