A big hello to all you wonderful Posse folks! I have been on the road quite a bit this week and really missed chatting with you all, although I did read everyone’s great comments all week. I drove back from the beach by myself as my family stayed down there a while longer. And even though the time alone is lovely and much-needed, hours of nothing but highway noise can get tiresome. So I dug out some old music, and a bit of new, to help me pass the time on the road; however, I found that some of my favorite tunes work better than others in the car.
Here’s what I ended up listening to on this go-round:
A collection of Georg Philipp Telemann chamber music works for harpsichord, recorder, oboe and viola. Some lively baroque harpsichord pieces make me feel happy and energized as I head out.
Returning to the modern world, I pull out a hodgepodge of ‘70s and ‘80s mix CDs with a little funk, a little disco, plus some Boston, REM, Duran Duran, Blondie, the Eurythmics, Prince, among others. And then some old Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from my college days round out the morning. But when I break out Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, I found myself just about to dance right out of my seat and going way too fast.
As the lunchtime traffic starts to back up and tension rises, I turn to Roxy Music’s Avalon. Although this is so lush and beautiful (and therefore soothing), it does tend to lean romantic — one of the best mood-setting albums ever IMHO– so it might be better saved for time alone with your significant other.
Next up, the self-titled album October Project from 1993. This is one gorgeous collection and Mary Fahl’s ethereal voice epitomizes yearning, pulling hard at your heartstrings (or mine at least). But this can skew a bit melancholy, and getting teary-eyed on the road is rarely a good idea.
So I move in a more uplifting direction with Hillsong United’s “Oceans,” which also has an amazing singer, Taya Smith, whose voice is touching and a little haunting (but not bittersweet). Then a batch of vintage anthemic U2 for good measure, and I’m most of the way home as I pull in to my wonderful mother-in-law’s nursing home for a visit.
From there on out, I can start catching my favorite hometown radio stations and cruise easily into the home stretch.
What about you — what’s your favorite music for on the road?