Thank you very much for your comment! The word, "Idlewild" is often used for a lot of things, but I don't know the meaning and the origin. Please check out the Wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idlewild
Thank you very much for your comment! Is it like a play on words? Idol and wild have the similar sound and rhyme each other. If this is correct, "Wildidol" or something would work too. but I've never heard this before lol
I looked into it and it seems no one has a definite answer. It could have been a shortening of the two words " idyllic" and "wilds" and given this name by the European settlers. The oldest mentions of it that I could find were about a park in Pennsylvania, which started as a picnic grounds in 1878 and eventually became an amusement park and then Idlewild Golf Course, where JFK International Airport in Queens was built and took its earlier name.
The reason it might be included in songs is because Idlewild, Michigan was once a thriving community steeped in black American culture and entertainment. It was a symbol of newfound economic and social status for people of color during the 1920s through the mid-‘60s.It could also have links to the band Idlewild, which was founded in 95.
Thank you very much for your detailed explanation about "Idlewild"! It's an interesting idea that Idlewild is stemmed from "idyllic and wilds". I've never imagined the Scottish band, Idlewild has to do with Afro-American culture. Thanks to you, I now understand the image of Idlewild. Seemingly it doesn't literally mean as idle and wild. Thank you very much!