So that leaves music to keep me awake for long drives. And not just any music will do; it has to be something that I can sing along with. No classical or jazz, and nothing that's slow; it has to be upbeat. Any music in the rock and roll genre from the 1950s through the present is a candidate for me, although when my husband's along I have to eliminate rap and heavy metal, both of which he passionately dislikes. On a recent solo trip to Fairport, New York, this was my playlist:
Pink. The Truth about Love. Almost every song on this 2012 album is good; these are my favorites:
- Are we all we are
- Blow me (one last kiss)
- Just give me a reason
- True love
- Slut like you
- The truth about love
- Beam me up
- Walk of shame
- Tower of song, sung by Martha Wainwright
- Tonight will be fine, sung by Teddy Thompson
- I'm your man, sung by Nick Cave
- Chelsea Hotel #2, sung by Rufus Wainwright
- Everybody knows, sung by Rufus Wainwright
- The Future, sung by Teddy Thompson
Lenny Kravitz. Greatest hits. All good songs, but my favorites are:
- Are you gonna go my way?
- Fly away
- It ain't over til it's over
- Can't get you off of my mind
- American woman (I might even like this version better than the original by The Guess Who)
King Crimson. In the Court of the Crimson King. I love this album but I had to switch to something else after listening to the first song "21st Century Schizoid Man." The rest of the album can be slow and melancholy and just not good for the car.
Imagine Dragons. Night Visions. I like every song on this album, especially "Radioactive" and "Demons." I'm astonished that a band's first album could have such a stellar lineup of songs. I've listened to this one so much that Mike's a little sick of it.
Metallica. Metallica (i.e., The Black Album). This is another one that I can't listen to when driving with Mike, but it's one of my favorites. When this album came out 24 years ago, I was working at the University of Pittsburgh, doing copy cataloging. I listened to this cassette on my Walkman and sometimes attribute my high statistics to listening to thrash metal while working. Just listening to this is like drinking three cups of coffee!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Heist. Another album that's only for my solo drives. I first became aware of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis during the 2014 Grammy Awards show when they performed "Same Love" with Queen Latifa and Madonna and staged a group wedding for dozens of couples, most but not all of them same-sex. You can see the video of that performance here. Here are some of my favorite songs:
- Ten thousand hours. Perhaps the only song ever inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers?
- Can't hold us
- Thrift shop. As a big fan of thrift shops, I particularly enjoy this one. Check out the video here.
- Thin line
- Same love
- Make the money