What I am Listening To (At This Moment)

I’m happy to be known for my eclectic taste in music. I consider myself well-versed in a variety of genres and absolutely love to find myself lost in music and transported to an alternative reality. The following five songs are the ones that I seem to be listening to more than most over the past few days. It will likely change next week because that is how I roll. I love discovering new (or new to me) music and I really enjoy reading these type of posts and writing them as well so that seems as good of a reason as any to share what I am currently listening to at this moment.

LANCO – Greatest Love Story

Every so often, I come across a song that manages to suspend time when I hear it for the first time. Greatest Love Story is the latest song to hold this honor. It’s a simple song with simple lyrics conveying a simple message, which is what makes it an amazing song. Greatest Love Story likely resinates with me because I’m such a sucker for lyrics that promote an us vs. the world mentality when it comes to love. Life can be messy, unkind, and completely intoxicating. We can only hope we’re lucky enough to have someone by our side, their hand clasped with ours, and ready to jump into the unknown.

Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright)

This song never fails to put me in a good mood and it’s one of my favorite Motown songs to showcase my sweet Elaine Benes-inspired moves – whether alone in my kitchen or on the dance floor. Everybody smiles when Stevie Wonder pipes through the grocery store sound system, which is why I really think Stevie Wonder might be the key to bipartisanship in our country. If I ever run for office, I’ll be sure to get permission to use his songs at my campaign rallies. Things may get a little weird when I Just Called to Say I Love You begins to play but I have no doubt that I’ll recapture the crowd with Superstition.

The Cars – Moving in Stereo

I had the hook of this song as an ear worm last week and I couldn’t place it for the life of me. Then one night, I hummed a few bars to Clay and he instantly guessed Moving in Stereo. Likely because there was a phase during college when he was obsessed with The Cars Greatest Hits album. Seriously guys, it was always in his car CD player (remember those?) and seemed to provide the soundtrack for at least six months worth of dates. And that folks, is why we’re a perfect match. He gets me and I get him. It’s kismet. And since Moving in Stereo is forever tied to the iconic scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it’s fitting that this song reminds me of our college days. :0

Jackson Browne – Doctor My Eyes

Truth be told, I love most of the songs on Jackson Browne’s debut album – Saturate Before Using – but I seem to be listening to Doctor My Eyes the most as of late. I grew up with my parents listening to Jackson Browne (and a multitude of other magnificat singer/songwriters) and The Load Out/Stay falls easily within my Top 20 Favorite Songs Ever. Like most teenagers with little interest in alcohol-based extra-curricular activities, I discovered an appreciation for 70’s folk music during my primitive years and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful. And don’t worry, I became very interested in alcohol-based extra-curricular activities in college at a more age-appropraite time.

Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – I Know Him So Well

Man – the 80s were a peculiar time, weren’t they? There was actually a musical produced about chess and the cold war. Not that I’m complaining because if Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA hadn’t collaborated with Tim Rice on a concept album that eventually became said musical, we wouldn’t have gems like the one above. It’s schmaltzy.  It’s not really that great. And it is so incredibly deliciously 80s.

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What are you currently listening to? I love recommendations…please share! And if I’m not a fan,  I promise that I won’t publicly shame your taste in music. At least, not too much.

How to Make a Road Trip Playlist

 We’re home! We opened our front door at 6:00pm with 2,250 more miles on the truck. Between this trip and the 2245 miles my car earned on our Washington DC trip in June, I think our vehicles need a well-deserved rest. While I am not sure I’d classify us as road trip experts, we’ve both been making multi-day road trips since the age of 18 and haven’t let a couple thousand of miles between us and our destination scare us from traveling and seeing our country. We’re no strangers to flying as a family but not every trip is best suited for such travel. So over the next couple of days, I am going to do my best to organize some thoughts on how to best travel in the car with a toddler and a dog. First up – the music!

Before I get into some specific song choices, I’d like to share the one rule regarding music on road trips to which we adhere:

  1. Driver veto. Whoever is driving on the road trip (which 75% of the time is Clay), get’s the right to veto any song he or she wishes. It is just one of the many privileges that accompanies driving.

Other than that, everything is fair game. We both have iPhones that currently hold our music collection but we have been together long enough that our road trips in college involved the huge 200+ CD cases we both owned. By the time we were married we graduated to the iPod and now the said iPhones. We only utilize the radio about 10% of the time but sometimes we will hit gold and find a local station that churns out amazing songs one after the other. I find this occurrence to be on par with winning $100 at a casino.

So how do you make a spectacular road trip playlist that transcends the bland landscape of our heartland? Easy – choose music you like, that won’t make you fall asleep (e.g. we rarely listen to Bon Iver in the car), and that is easy to sing along too. If you’re like us and have a little one in the car, then you probably try to limit the explicit lyrics. But we certainly do not send ourselves to a Raffi and Laurie Berkner purgatory. Quite the opposite – we have no problem exposing our little guy to great music.

So without further ado, here is just a small sampling of songs that we listen to over the course of 4,800 miles that I compiled into a short playlist (see videos below).

  • The Passenger – Iggy Pop
  • Magic – The Cars
  • Walk on the Ocean – Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann
  • Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  • Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers

The Passenger – Iggy Pop

Magic – The Cars

 

Walk on the Ocean – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann

Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival

I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

Ho Hey – The Lumineers