A song you listen to when you're driving

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Okay, I don't drive; I live in New York City.  BUT whenever I hang out with the parentals and we're running errands, I have full control of the sound system (as an only child)!  

Occasionally, I'll listen to the radio.  But if I'm really into a certain artist, I'll plug in my iPod and subject my poor parents to whatever artist I am in love with at the moment.  (Adele was the artist of choice last time.)

That said, back in 2007 or so, during a particularly productive procrastination session, I created a playlist of driving songs.  I titled this playlist "Summer Drive" (because, you know, if you're going to imagine yourself driving, you might as well imagine yourself driving in the sexiest, most ideal conditions).  It's chock full of music containing R&Bish dance beats, smooth electric guitars, and some acoustic guitar.  

This list contains some songs I would not normally listen to (I'm a little weird about my music -- I like to preserve certain emotions through certain songs, which means I cannot overplay them when I am not feeling a certain way).  It contains the song "No Work, All Play" off of Hilary Duff's album "Dignity", which I never listen to otherwise.  "Hot" by the barely known and now defunct girl pop group No Secrets is on there too (fun song).  Some crude(r) songs, like "Jane Fonda" by Mickey Avalon ... and a lot of Feist.

"One Evening", Feist
Feist just gives off a sort of lolling, languorous feeling to me.

Another song that makes me think immediately of driving through city streets is "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys.  I'm not sure exactly where I heard this song, but I recall this being on the stereo late one night while driving from Santa Monica to downtown Hollywood.  In the summertime, natch.  The song makes me think of a cold blue tint, surly city streets with uncouth youth and streetwalkers.  Maybe the way Los Angeles was in the 80s, I don't know.  Even though it's clearly about London.

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