nowhere to go but everywhere
Commissioned by John W. Baumgartner
Katherine Bergman Music © 2014
nowhere to go but everywhere takes its name from an excerpt from Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel On the Road: “Because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars...”
On the surface, On the Road seems to be about two young men traveling the United States jumping from one raucous party to the next. But underneath, it is a story of searching, hoping, and desperation. From a generation left to fend for itself after World War II, the characters are blindly optimistic that what lies ahead is something better. Eventually it becomes clear that things are the same wherever you go; you’re just in a different location. The protagonist is left perpetually searching for his place in the world, for his purpose in life, and for a better way to live.