My Life in a Road Trip Soundtrack

Our first road trip was in June 2001, in a red hatchback Honda Civic that had no air conditioning. Steve and I were dating, deeply in love, about to start our lives together. I knew I wanted to do my MFA in Creative Writing somewhere. Steve wanted me to see more of America than Miami. We decided it would be a great idea to drive across country, looking at college campuses.

We drove up from Miami – I’d never realized how long Florida was until then. Then we drove all the way across the south. We spent the night in the following cities – New Orleans, San Antonio, El Paso, Phoenix — where we stayed with Steve’s parents, soon to be my in-laws. We went on to from Arizona to Los Angeles, where we visited UC Irvine. Then we went up the coast to San Francisco, Modesto to stay with our best friend from college, and then we visited the University of San Jose. And back. In a red hatchback Honda Civic that had no air conditioning. In June! It was the best, craziest, most memorable road trip ever and it began a tradition with my husband and I. Whenever possible, we go on road trips. It’s gotten harder, with life and jobs and responsibility. But we get out whenever we can.

Road tripping
When I think back to that first road trip, I remember it in songs. I married a strong driver who doesn’t mind being behind the wheel – in fact that’s his preference and I’m happy to not drive. I’m the DJ. My job is to choose the songs to set the mood for the perfect road trip.

It’s amazing how a specific song will trigger a specific road trip memory. Outkast’s SpottieOttieDopaliscious will always remind me of driving from Miami down to the Florida Keys, cruising over the Seven Mile Bridge. Wyclef’s Apocalypse reminds me of driving at night on I-95. I clearly remember listening to Jacob Miller when I noticed my lip had cracked and started bleeding as we drove through the New Mexico desert in 2001 – it was so hot that we were using a portable fan and a spray bottle of water to try to keep cool. Oh, college recklessness and hindsight. Two Sevens Clash by Culture is one of my favorite reggae albums – one of the best reggae albums of all time. Those songs remind me of our road trip from Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe for Cousin Abby’s wedding, driving along lonely desert roads with my sister in law and brother in law snoozing in the back seat.

There are the songs you ride out to, and the songs you head home to. On the end of a long road trip we like to listen to songs about going home. (Ain’t That) Good News by Sam Cooke, because we’ll be home tomorrow. Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel. Find My Way by The Gabe Dixon Band. Talk about music that brings back memories – my husband and I went to college with the members of the Gabe Dixon Band and I still think they should have become more famous than they did.

This summer we’ll be road tripping again, from Illinois to Ohio, to New Jersey for the wedding of one of our best friends and back again. I can’t wait to get in the car again, to load up the cooler with drinks and snacks, to get my playlists ready to go. It’s one of my favorite things about summer!
What makes a song a must-have on the road trip soundtrack? It has to make you nod your head or tap your foot or sing along. It has to keep you going, it has to keep you relaxed. It shouldn’t be a song that makes you angry or raises your blood pressure. It’s gotta set the tone for your ride. You need a chill groove.
I hope you love my road trip soundtrack. It’s eclectic and funky, there are songs from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s right on up to today. It’s all over the place. Just like you’ll be, on your own road trip adventure.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Spotify via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Spotify.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments

  1. That’s one thing I miss about living in the Midwest — road trips (slash driving in general). Great playlist, darling. Thanks for the mid-week jams!

  2. Floetry is definitely a great choice for road trips. I also like techno to keep the vibe energetic. Good riding music doesn’t make you sleepy .

  3. kai jackson says:

    i recommend the following:
    ayo
    nneka
    asa
    julie dexter
    tommy t
    meshell n’degeocello
    allen stone
    tingsek
    selah sue

  4. Love this. Reading about road trips always give me that feeling of wanderlust – nothing like hitting the road and experiencing new places and cultures at every stop. Thank you for the soundtrack and for sharing your memories with hubby. Beautiful post!

  5. I wish I had a road trip buddy! I think the reason why I don’t like long drives is because I have to do it by myself! LOL…I have to drive 25 hours this summer to San Antonio, TX from Los Angeles for some training and I am not looking forward to it at all. I need to start compiling a list ASAP!!!! Thanks for the reminder!!!
    -Jessica Rae
    http://www.lovejessicarae.com

  6. If some one wishes to be updated with newest technologies then he
    must be go to see this website and be up to date all the time.

  7. Hi, There’s no doubt that your website may be having
    internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I
    look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it’s got
    some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you
    with a quick heads up! Other than that, fantastic website!

  8. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend your web site,
    how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a applicable deal.
    I have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright transparent idea

  9. What’s up, this weekend is pleasant in favor of me, as this point in time
    i am reading this wonderful educational article here at my house.

  10. I don’t even know how I ended up here, however I assumed
    this submit was once great. I do not recognise who you are but
    definitely you are going to a famous blogger when you are not already.
    Cheers!

  11. Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of info on your
    page. Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and for my part recommend to
    my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  12. If you desire to grow your knowledge simply keep visiting this web page and be updated with the
    latest gossip posted here.

  13. Hi, the whole thing is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s really fine, keep up writing.

  14. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back
    to your site? My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours
    and my users would genuinely benefit from a lot of the information you present
    here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks!

  15. Hey there, You have done a great job. I’ll certainly
    digg it and personally suggest to my friends.

    I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.

  16. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I
    will be waiting for your next post thanks once again.

  17. My partner and I stumbled over here different website and thought I may as
    well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you.
    Look forward to checking out your web page again.

  18. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This article posted at this site is
    really pleasant.

  19. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any suggestions or
    advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

  20. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your
    website, how could i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me
    a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of
    this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  21. Hello colleagues, its great post regarding tutoringand fully defined,
    keep it up all the time.

  22. After looking at a handful of the blog posts on your blog, I truly like your technique of blogging.

    I book marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking
    back in the near future. Take a look at my website
    as well and tell me what you think.

  23. What’s up, every time i used to check weblog posts here in the
    early hours in the break of day, since i like to find out more and more.

  24. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied
    on the video to make your point. You clearly
    know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just
    posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening
    to read?

  25. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more
    of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks!

  26. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful
    blog!

  27. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day.
    It will always be interesting to read through articles from
    other writers and use a little something from other sites.

  28. excellent submit, very informative. I’m wondering why
    the opposite specialists of this sector do not understand this.
    You must proceed your writing. I am confident, you’ve a huge readers’
    base already!

  29. I’m no longer positive the place you’re getting your information, however good topic.
    I must spend some time finding out more or working out more.
    Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info
    for my mission.

  30. Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you know then you can write or else it is complicated
    to write.

  31. What’s up to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this website, and your views are fastidious for new viewers.

  32. Thanks for the good writeup. It if truth be told was
    once a amusement account it. Look complicated to
    far delivered agreeable from you! By the way, how could we keep up a correspondence?

  33. For newest information you have to visit the web and on internet I found this
    website as a finest website for newest updates.

  34. Hi there to every one, because I am in fact eager of reading this
    webpage’s post to be updated daily. It consists of nice material.

  35. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where
    to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions?

    With thanks

  36. whoah this blog is fantastic i really like reading your
    articles. Keep up the great work! You already know, lots of people are looking around for this
    information, you can aid them greatly.

  37. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed
    to be on the internet the easiest thing to
    be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they just do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing
    without having side-effects , people could take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  38. Hello There. I discovered your weblog using msn. That is an extremely smartly written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your helpful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

  39. Quality content is the key to interest the
    people to go to see the website, that’s what this site is providing.

  40. Thank you, I’ve just been looking for information approximately
    this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.
    But, what concerning the bottom line? Are you certain about the supply?

Speak Your Mind

*