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January 16th, 2002

Music for Motion

Recently, friend and Pinger Elizabeth had a direct question for me. “What songs or albums would you suggest for long trips?”

My super snap reaction was that every single time I listen to a CD, I’m either in a car or on the El, so almost every mix I put together is for long/semi-long trips. If I’m just running errands, or walking to the mailbox, I’ll go musicless or listen to the radio.

But there are definitely good and bad travelling songs. I’m curious as to what you all think are good and bad ones, with examples. For instance, I find that I don’t like long, drawn-out songs – even if they’re good ones (some 70s rock classics, f’r instance). Short, poppy, catchy, easy to listen to. That’s what I like.

Album-wise, there are three I can think off immediately that are fine for travelling: New Adventures in Hi-Fi by R.E.M., Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello and the Attractions, and Transcendental Blues by Steve Earle.

What works for you, for those long and short trips? -pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 10:56:10 am
I like old school hip-hop for long trips... enough memories involved with the songs that it keeps me nice and alert. I also like listening to freestyles (a la Sway and King Tech's Wake Up Show releases) since they require close listening to the lyrics.

On my most recent trip home with my busted tape deck, I started daydreaming about how cool it'll be when I finally get that Creative Nomad. :)



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 11:19:58 am
I like to break out comedy discs for long trip, especially my National Lampoon Radio Hour box set.



FROM: corey [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 3:42:22 pm
son volt's trace has always done me good for long distances. alt country in general has always been good for the miles in my book.



FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 6:27:04 pm
I think that Paul Simon's "Rythym of the Saints" is great for driving and especially train trips. The second Ben Folds Five album. Bob Dylan's 3-CD rarities collection (can't remember the name). Mix tapes made by friends are also great, especially when they make you a mix just for that specific trip of yours.



FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 10:41:40 pm
How about some English Beat? Short, loud, fun songs for a nice long trip. I recommend "I just can't stop it."



FROM: fresh
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 10:41:50 pm
any dj shadow, rancids ...and out come the wolves, any beastie boys album, big fan of mxpx for those borin trips, plus a little jimi should get you through your drive



FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday January 17, 2002 -- 12:35:48 am
I tend to keep listening to both Visionaries albums, when I had my discman attached. Tapewise I always go back to De La Souls "Stakes Is High", OC's "Word Life", and Nas's "Illmatic." Those are probably , my top 3 albums of alltime in my life.
The Cure's "Galore" is great driving music also.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday January 17, 2002 -- 9:31:10 am
Not to get into a music discussion, but I think I would have liked Illmatic if it wasn't for "One Love," an absolutely awful song with horrendous production and a painfully bad hook.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday January 18, 2002 -- 12:59:12 am
Woah Ryan you really dislike that song? man thats probably my favorite song on the album. I even have doubles of the 12" that I like to bump on the tables when they are hooked up. The lyrics are deep on that one.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday January 18, 2002 -- 9:39:53 am
Yeah... it's the hook more than anything... it's like nails on a chalkboard to me. :)



FROM: Adam
DATE: Saturday January 19, 2002 -- 1:16:04 am
For trips I also like to listen to comedy. I make comedy mixes with different comedians. My favorite is to download copies of the radio show Loveline with Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew. They last 2 hours each so it doesn't take many of them to last my entire 7 hour drive to FL.



FROM: Tony [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 4, 2002 -- 7:00:54 am
"Our Lady Peace" is great for long trips, although its style can get a tad redundant. I used lots of David Gray and Alanis Morissette when I took my Key West trip a few months back.



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