Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday, Someway” not only received continuous radio play when it was released in the early 1980s, but, to this day, it’s such a catchy tune that you can’t get it out of your head after you hear it. The rocker’s other hits include “There She Goes Again,” “Cynical Girl,” and “Mary Anne.” The 64-year-old musician is heading to Massachusetts for two shows — as guest vocalist for the Smithereens at the Center for the Arts, Natick, on Aug. 25, and headlining his own show at Boston City Winery on Sept. 6. We caught up with the Detroit native, who has two children, ages 21 and 19, with his wife, Ione, and lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? The best trip I ever took was to the South of France with my family in 2010. Our daughter, Addie, was 13 at the time. She found the whole thing online [and] mapped it out for us. We stayed in a town called Mirepoix, [and] drove all over the place — using paper maps, which worked great. On this same vacation, we also spent time in County Cork, Ireland — my wife and I are both half-Irish. I’d literally like to relive the whole thing, but going back to those places would be the next best thing.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I think the most delicious food I’ve ever had is seafood that I ate in Stockholm, where I’ve been a few times over the years. Something in the water, I guess. And again, the food on the France trip was amazing, too — all farm-to-table. We’d drive past the farms during the day, then see it all on our plates at dinner time.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Reykjavik and Helsinki. I have some musician friends from Finland, but have never been. Also Edinburgh. . . . I like cooler climates. And there’s an airport near us that has lots of low-fare flights — on Norwegian Air — to these places.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? I pack light. It drives me nuts seeing people try to take their whole house with them, stuffing big carry-on bags into overhead bins. I always think: Why don’t you just stay home?
Aisle or window? No preference.
Favorite childhood travel memory? Expo ’67 in Montreal with my parents and three brothers. It was my first up-close look at a truly beautiful city — although I loved the city of Detroit as a kid, and still do. I remember being in a park in Montreal watching these hippie kids, taking mental notes . . .
Guilty pleasure when traveling? What’s guilt?
Best travel tip? Don’t act like an [expletive].