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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

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