INSP Vendor Playlist: Street Roots vendors share the stories behind their selections.

Four Street Roots vendors in Portland, Oregon got in on the INSP Vendor Playlist fun with their song choices.

Daniel Cox (52) on Social Distortion’s ‘The Story of my Life’: “I can relate to it. Especially the verse ‘I went downtown to look for a job, I looked at the holes in my jeans and turned and headed back’. Also, it talks about change. Things change in time; we hope they don’t but they always do.”

Street Roots vendor Daniel Cox

Eric Sweger (53) on Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini’s ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’: “This is a sad song, but if you don’t know Italian, it actually sounds cheerful. It reminds me of the sun coming up. But if you know the story, it’s contradictory. I like opera, once I heard it stuck in my head. I first heard it 30 years ago.”

Street Roots vendor Eric Sweger

Aileen McPherson (44) on S.J. Tucker’s folky ‘Cheshire Kitten’: “I can see my life in this song; parts of it at least, but maybe the whole thing. I can relate to it all. We’re all mad here and it’s OK. One of my favourite parts is the chorus: ‘You gotta go down the rabbit hole and out the other side, you can’t go home in the middle of the magic carpet ride’.”

Street Roots vendors Aileen and Charles McPherson

Charles McPherson (34) on ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ from the musical Les Misérables: “I grew up listening to Les Mis. I watched the 10-year anniversary performance every day when I was in middle school while I did my homework. The lyrics and music are beautiful.”

Check out the full playlist here.

Editing by Tony Inglis