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June 02, 2007

The Travel CD

The Travel CD

by Rebecca the Bookseller

Blog_vacation_trucksterIt's that time of year - vacation time. Which means spending time on the road. And really, with gas prices what they are, we need to enjoy those expensive miles as much as possible.

So it's time for another TLC Music Project - the Travel CD. I did a Travel CD several years ago (2003), and here are the tracks:

Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
Takin' It to the Streets - Doobie Brothers
Brandy - Looking Glass
A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
Let It Ride - Bachman Turner Overdrive
Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Seventy-Six Trombones - The Music Man
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
M.T.A.- The Kingston Trio
Graceland- Paul Simon
On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
Desperado = Eagles
Will Ye Go Lassie Go? - The Irish Tenors
Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
Soul Man - Blues Brothers
One More for the Road - Bette Midler (from Johnny Carson's Final Tonight Show)

Let's come up with some more, and I'll post the results tomorrow - just come back and check on this same blog. It'll be like magic! Ok, not really.

What makes you sing along in the car? What makes those travel hours fly by? What makes you raring to load up the Family Vacation Truckster and hit the road?


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So many possibilities, here's a few.

MacArthur Park (Donna Summer version)
Roll Over Beethoven (ELO version)
Kids (From Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack)
Knee Deep (George Clinton)
Shot Down in Flames (AC-DC)
Let's Get Retarded (Black-Eyed Peas)
Cocaine Blues (George Thorogood version)
Institutionalized (Suicidal Tendencies)

And I could go on and on, since I am in the car alot.

Yay! Driving music! I don't know that these necessarily have a travel theme, but it's what I listen to when I'm on the road. Beware: Most make your car go faster. I don't know why it happens, but it happens.


Rock The Casbah (The Clash)
Friday I'm in Love (The Cure)
I Melt with You (Modern English)
Tenderness (The English Beat)
The Promise (When in Rome)
I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones)
Band on the Run (Paul)


Mr. Brightside (The Killers)
When I Come Around (Green Day)
Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand)
It's Beginning to Get To Me (Snow Patrol)
Leaving So Soon? (Keane)

455 Rocket, Kathy Mattea.

(Love the girl, love the car.)

I cannot believe no one has named BORN TO BE WILD by Steppenwolf! THE Road Song of Road Songs.

Getchur motor runnin'....
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way

The full 17.5 minute of INNA-GADDA-DA-VIDA, well...nothing more needs to be said.

HAWAII FIVE-O. Any version will work, but the preferred is the original soundtrack. I digitized the album and put it on CD. Some of the music just makes the pulse race.


I SPY (the original music by Earle Hagen) Again, makes the pulse race, the adrenaline flow, and the world is your personal adventure.

Any of the multiple Rat Pack Collections, but again the preferred is RAT PACK LIVE AT THE SANDS from 1962. For the Dean Martin Classic "I feel sorry for people who don't drink....when you get up in the morning, that's as good as you're gonna feel allll day...." alone, this is worth keeping handy. Not to mention the singing and the music and all that.

Hotel California - The Eagles (So I can pound the steering wheel in time to the guitar solo)

Turn the Page - Bob Seger

4th of July - Shooter Jennings (Waylan's boy)

So many to choose from -- I like to have a wide selection to fit my mood, but here are some perennial faves:

Midnight Train to Georgia: The live Indigo Girls version with Gladys Knight. Killer! In fact, the whole 1200 Curfew album is great.

The Ultimate Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

The Big Chill soundtrack.

Just about anything by John Fogerty/Credence Clearwater Revival.

Mary Chapin Carpenter's Stones in the Road. Yeah, there are some slow, sad songs, but they're great anyway.

A new favorite is the EmmyLou Harris retrospective, Heartbreak and Highways.

Old favorites are classic Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind and Heart Like a Wheel in particular (I love to sing along with her!).

I can see it's time to load up the iPod!

"Passionate Kisses" -- Lucinda or Mary Chapin Carpenter. I once got a ticket on the Pa. Turnpike listening to that one.

"Changes in Latitude" -- I'm not a big Buffett fan, but this one works for me when heading to the beach.

"Because the Night" -- Bruce or Patty

"These Are Days" -- 10,000 Maniacs

I made a driving CD last summer for our 13 hour drive to S.C.; I'll have to go take a look and see what I included on that.

I usually listen to books on CD -- James Herriot stories can be soothing, anything read by Jim Dale is wonderful, Janet Evanovich mysteries, and my latest "guilty pleasure" Fern Michaels' Sisterhood Series, beginning with _Weekend Warriors_. They are very witty books, filled with poetic justice, but still hard to reconcile with my peace-loving beliefs . . . . .
If I want music, John McCutcheon is my first choice, and Kacey Jones next.

Dolls. Pussycat Dolls.

Especially "I Don't Need A Man" - cranked up full with the windows down.

Up on Cripple Creek -- The Band
Already Gone -- Tanya Tucker version
Ramblin Man -- The Allman Brothers
Anything by Elvis Costello

Did someone mention Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen?
Weekend In New England-Barry Manilow
Coming to America-Neil Diamond
The Theme from Miami Vice (TV, not movie)
Goin' To Alaska-Shawn Mullins
Leavin' On a Jet Plane-Peter Paul and Mary
L'Amour et Folie(album) -Beausoleil
Sweet Home Chicago-Blues Brothers
Carencro(album) Marc Broussard
Surfin USA(or anything from )The Beach Boys
R O C K In The USA- John Mellencamp
Invisible Touch- Genesis
Takin' The Long Way-Dixie Chicks

although right now I have Amos Lee's Supply In Demand in the car...great songs!
Happy Trails :o)

Rod Stewart, Great American Songbook I & II
Keeps the road rage away completely.

Closer, Josh Groban - the whole cd. Can't understand 3/4 of the songs(not in english), but with a voice like that who cares? I just drive and smile!

Great blog Rebecca - and super-timely - I am going to pick up my new car this morning!
May I also suggest:
You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette) - for full volume windows open driving
American Pie (Don McLean) - for long traffic lights
Send Me On My Way (Rusted Root)- for college flashbacks
Drive (The Cars) and Fast Car (Tracy Chapman) - for their titles
My Sharona (The Knack) for steeering wheel tapping; and
I Wanna Drive the Zamboni (The Zambonis) - for fun.

My wife's personal theme song:

"I can't drive 55" Sammy Hagar

centerfield, john fogerty (it's also baseball season!)
'92 subaru, fountains of wayne
shake it up and go (bb king), if only to hear these lyrics: "momma killed a chicken/she thought it was a duck/she put it on the table with its legs sticking up"
i wanna be sedated, the ramones (because not everyone always stays on his side of the back seat)
one headlight, the wallflowers
jesus take the wheel, carrie underwood (you never know and you should have all your bases covered)
livin' on the edge, aerosmith (in honor of my son's 16th birthday and his new learner's permit -- also see song above)
low rider, war
roam, b-52s
another postcard, barenaked ladies
woo hoo, 5678s (the vonage song)
traffic jam, james taylor

there's more, but there are hedges to trim and baseball games to be played...

Travelin' Band by CCR - Just the opening..."Seven-thirty-seven comin' outtada sky - oh won't you take me down to Memphis on a midnight ride..." is enough to give you a lead foot. Also, Aerosmith's Last Child and... well... anything of Aerosmith's. Nobody scream/growls like Steven Tyler. He ain't bad for an old dude.
p.s. Mr. Tyler - if you're reading this... I *still* want to bear your love-child

Freeway of Love, by Her Majesty, Aretha.

Route 66 - Manhattan Transfer
Jeanine - Manhattan Transfer
Lakes of Ponchartrain - Trapezoid
Babylon Sisters - Steely Dan
You Zombie - Steely Dan
Down At The Twist & Shout - M.C. Carpenter
In My Little Red Truck - King & Moore
Concerto For Two Violins, Strings and Continuo - J.S. Bach

The original Layla by Eric Clapton.
Sister Golden Hair by America (reminds me of skipping school my senior year in high school).

We are folkies here. Nothing eats up the miles like singing along with the Weavers.
Weavers - So Long It's Been Good to Know Ya
Woody Guthrie - Take Me Ridin' in the Car, Car (with sound effects, of course)
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans, Motorcycle Song

And when you really want to fly down the road, Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell.

Baby, You Can Drive My Car (beep-BEEP-beep-BEEP, yeah!)
by the Beatles.

My kids' favorite.

Holy Moses!

What a great variety! I also got one from Beachfla:

Build Me Up Buttercup - not about driving, but a great up-beat sing-a-long

Some of these are new to me, so I'll have to spend time listening - I will be back with at least one CD of what will no doubt be a multi-disc set, assuming I can finish it before The Sopranos.

Only TWO MORE! (sigh)

Love these suggestions! I read this the morning after a tortuous drive from Sarasota to Fort Lauderdale amid the rain of tropical storm Barry and then, when the sun finally came out, the windshield mass suicides of love-bugs.

I had forgotten to take any Cds on the road trip so I was reduced to the radio scan button. Was feeling a bit like Mick in "The Girl With the Faraway Eyes" ("drivin' through Bakersfield, listen' to the gospel raid-gee-o station..."

I was almost home when the scanner locked onto the Doobies singing "Black Water." Love that road song so much I drove past my exit just to hear the end.

Thank you, Jesus, thank you lord.

I only have one: Janet Jackson's. :) They're great especially when you're resting on one of those amsterdam bed and breakfasts inn.

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