I can remember when I was a teenager, going to the mall (around 1976 when I had not been driving long and did not have much extra money) and looking at the vinyl albums with a great deal of longing. There was often one song I loved on an album full of music I did not want. Who wanted to spend all of their money on an album for one song? Back then there was no internet, no iTunes or any other such thing. I can vividly remember wishing for the option of being able to buy just one song from several different albums. I can even remember saying that someday, we’d be able to do that. Although I honestly thought we’d be ordering it in a store and waiting, possibly weeks, while they made it up somehow. I never envisioned anything like the internet.
When iTunes came into my life, I was pretty much on cloud nine! My fantasy dream had come true and in my lifetime! Ever since then, I’ve been trying to come up with my perfect travel music CD. If I ever get it right, I’ll go on to the perfect exercise CD, but first things first. The perfect travel CD has to keep you awake if you’re traveling alone. It has to keep you company. It has to keep you singing and possibly even dancing a little in the car, not too much because you might actually be driving and you do want to live to doe-see-doe another day. Or would that be dough-see-dough?
This is the CD I listen to the most on my drives to and from Oklahoma (or Colorado or even Tennessee if I’m lucky enough to go to either of those places). I also listen to it to and from Houston when I travel down there alone. I listen to it when I’m out of radio range or I am sick of the same 10 songs they seem to play on the radio stations. I never get tired of this one. I listen to it over and over. I’ve made other CDs thinking they might be closer to perfect and I’ve set them aside to seldom listen to them at all. This one, I come back to again and again. I found links to youtube videos for all of them. Although some are so old that it just has the song and maybe a shot of the album cover. Some of them had concert videos and I decided to get another one that sounded more like the one on my CD. Hope you enjoy them. I’ll write notes about some of the songs beside them.
- When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues by Martina McBride (makes me want to party!)
- Something To Talk About by Bonnie Raitt (gets me movin’)
- Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band (I like a whole lot of their music)
- Making Memories Of Us by Keith Urban (the most romantic song I’ve ever heard. I wish a man would say all of this to me!)
- I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter (Oh Yes! I feel lucky and I want to sing and dance and just throw caution to the wind!)
- Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett (how can you hear this and not want to dance? Crank it up!)
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (I love this. I sing it to. I mellow to it and cool off. I’d also like this played at my funeral many, many years from now)
- Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin (this makes me want to dance — did you ever see the movie Michael? I might want some pie after I dance too.)
- Black Water by The Doobie Brothers (this was popular when I was in love with my first love — ahh, memories)
- Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett (I could use a Margarita about now!)
- Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson (I’m a fairly new fan of Jack’s thanks to my cousin Sundey. I think I’d like everything he sings. He is the only singer I have on this CD twice)
- I’m Gonna Love You Forever by Randy Travis (another song that makes me wish a man was singing it to me)
- If You’re Gonna Play in Texas by Alabama (party, party, party)
- Marie Laveau by Bobbie Bare (brings out the adventurer in me — anyone up for a trip to New Orleans?)
- Some Days You Gotta Dance by Dixie Chicks (yes, indeed — let’s dance!)
- Sixty Minute Man by The Dominoes (this makes me want to dance)
- Take It Easy by Eagles (also from my first love era)
- I’m Alive (with Dave Matthews) by Kenny Chesney (I really try to live my life by the philosophy of this song — I sometimes listen to it over and over)
- Alright by Darius Rucker (great voice, handsome man, wouldn’t mind someone singing this to me either)
- Better Together by Jack Johnson (Jack’s voice is so nice, I love his quirky lyrics and I love this song)
- Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn (this man’s voice does things to me that I’ve never said out loud — I sometimes listen to it over and over –sigh)
OK, I hope you’ll listen to these and let me know what you think. If you listen to nothing else, listen to I’m Alive! It’s a good one. I hope you’re having a good one.