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John Martyn – One World (1977)

August 7, 2018

[Album 612/1001]

When driving through Toronto, the right soundtrack is essential.

Or as is more frequently the case, when attempting to drive through Toronto!

Should you find yourself in that less than desirable situation, I highly recommend John Martyn’s One World.

He certainly helped me on a recent traffic-filled drive, as shown below.


One World


I believe I was merging from the 401 onto the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) when the opening track, Dealer, gently opened the proceedings.

Instead of being rattled by the closed left lane, the clean guitar tones & Martyn’s smooth rasp kept me patient & calm.

Once on the DVP, the cars still weren’t moving terribly quickly; but no matter, as the title track wasn’t in any hurry to get anywhere either.

As traffic opened up slightly, John followed suit, picking up the pace a bit on tracks like Big Muff.

John’s biggest contribution to my drive was likely the closer, Small Hours.220px-MartynOneWorld

At this stage, I was attempting to safely navigate Richmond Street, which can be chaotic at the best of times.

As if on cue, Mr. Martyn provided 8 minutes and 45 seconds of soothing, swelling guitar sounds. The atmospheric finale helped propel me safely to my destination, considerably more relaxed than I might have expected.

The album has also worked in other non-traffic-jam listening contexts since then; but considering One World was able to turn a potentially stressful experience into a positive one, I imagine that will be the lasting memory for me.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic, John Martyn can help!


Verbalize the Positive

When you can actually drive on the DVP (as I was fortunate enough to be able to do early on the following Sunday morning), it’s a pleasant/scenic highway!


From → 1970s

  1. An artist on my to-do list for sure. I don’t drive though, it’s that going to be a problem?

  2. I love this one. Dealer is a total jam in the middle of the spacey stuff.

    • He’s got another one on the list too (solid air) – I’m now keen to explore!

      • I find that one tougher to get into. It’s more like Nick Drake – and the song Solid Air is about Drake.

      • I really liked the 3 Nick Drake albums from the list – so that may actually be a selling point for me!

  3. jprobichaud permalink

    Nice! Sometimes the right music can make the most onerous of tasks seem fun.

  4. It’s a great album in your lounge room too!

  5. I’m fortunate enough to be able to exit at Wynford, Lawrence, or York Mills if it is bad. So nothing but a quick, 30 min Motorhead album needed for me!

    • I had Ace of Spades in the car that day – if I’d started to feel drowsy, I think a bit of Lemmy might have worked too!

  6. Sounds like you timed that one perfectly! I haven’t heard a note from this person but I intend to as I recall another blog mentioning him (was it Bruce?) and he’s on my list. I dunno if I’ll be driving or not when I hear him, but traffic in my town does not ever achieve Taranna-like proportions.

    • I hope traffic in Kingston & Owen Sound never approach Taranna like proportions!

      • It’ll never happen here. Council votes down anything that would change and lead to expansion. We’re the same size, roughly, now as we were in the 50s. Yawn.

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