Friday, April 16, 2010

Tunes for Travel

I'm letting you in on a nerdy little secret.

When Mr. W and I go on vacation, we always make a mix cd to play in our rental car.....I know - how 1999 of us, right?  I actually can't take all the shame credit for this little tradition. It's something the Dubs did all on his own, years before we even met, for an annual trip he takes with friends.

No matter the degree of cheesiness, I embrace traditions, and am currently executive producing the album we'll take to sing us through a week in Hawaii, driving around - top down - the cliffs and canyons of Kaua'i.

I really do love music, but I don't get all intellectual about it. I'm more emotional about it (imagine that!) and like songs that speak to me from places of nostalgia, that resonate vivid feelings, or tell stories.

I have a clear vision for how I want this yet-to-be named cd to feel. I want fun, happy and romantic (fun-loving, not mushy-gushy). I want the perfect soundtrack to this:

and this

and this

I want to play it five, ten years for now and be reminded of how we felt while on this trip!

Here's a sneak peak my working track list:

Best Days -  Matt White
Come on Get High - Matt Nathanson
Swept Away - Christopher Cross
Does anyone remember the 80's tv show Growing Pains? When the        Seavers went to Hawaii and Mike (my 80's boyfriend, Kirk         Cameron) met the Hawaiian girl and was head over heals? Every time they were together this song would play. It took me YEARS to find the cd with this song on it, but this song has to be on any Hawaii cd of mine!

I'd Have to Be Crazy - Willie Nelson
Feeling Good Again - Robert Earl Keen
Wave on Wave - Pat Green
Son of a Sailor - Jimmy Buffett
Come Monday - Kenny Chesney's version 
Back Where I Come From (instrumental) - Mac Macanally
Everyone from Tennessee knows and loves BWICF by Kenny Chesney, but Macanally, the writer of the song, has an instrumental version on an album - it's just beautiful, perfect for playing during a sunset, even one that isn't over the Smoky Mountains.

Any songs you recommend?? Do you have cheesey travel traditions?

All photos credit


AnnieLaurie said...

Im in love with your playlist! As a connoisseur of event soundtracks myself may I recommend Wouldn't in Be Nice by the Beach Boys (50 first dates); Mele Kalikimaka (because its the most fun way to say Merry Christmas and the most fun word to say in Hawaiian); Upside Down (Jack Johnson, my favorite Hawaiian musician); and Fins (Jimmy Buffett, because you will be the hottest couple in town!) Mahalo!

Jess said...

When I was in Hawaii two years ago "sweet escape" by gwen stephani was my song, and it was perfect! I'd highly suggest it for something upbeat. I'm going to check out some of your songs - Love your blog :)

Anne S said...

You're fabulous! Your playlist is so much classier and more sophisticated than any of mine... when Laura and I road trip, we listen to the likes of Digital Underground ("The Humpty Dance"), and other's like "Baby Got Back". I feel like you need: "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash; "Cruisin'" by Smokey Robinson; "Sister Golden Hair" by America; "Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty; "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me?" by Keith Urban (yes, I know it!); "Ramblin' Man" by The Allman Brothers; and, last but not least, "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake. Classic.

Kristin said...

Nothing beats Jimmy. That song is one of my faves. He was here this weekend and I missed it. First time in forever. Boo!


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