Tunes For the Road: An Introduction

Tunes for the Road

No BlinkPack is complete without music.

A good playlist is nearly as essential as a change of clothes or an extra bottle of water when it comes to your packing itinerary for any trip. It’s those certain songs that can lift a mood on particularly long or uneventful stretches of a journey. Songs that can remind you why you yearn for the open road. Songs that can rejuvinate your senses. Songs that can be shared and enjoyed by your fellow traveling companions. Songs that, most importantly, can keep you awake when caffeine just isn’t cutting it.

And here at the BlinkPack blog, we’re happy to help you on that quest for the perfect roadtrip mix.

There are several criteria for what makes a good song for roadtrips — and it varies by individual. Personally, I tend to be less strict, here’s a general list that I try to stick to:

  • The song must evoke an aspect of your roadtrip experience.

Many lists or discussions I’ve seen tend to limit the songs to being specifically about driving or traveling, and I don’t think that should necessarily be a requirement. There are so many more facets to a road trip other than the specific driving or traveling itself that I think should open to doors to songs dealing with a wide array of topics. Love, friendship, freedom, adventure. The list goes on.

  • The song should have a hook that you can sing along with.

Again, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it’s always fun to sing along with friends, and it helps the time pass by faster.

  • The song should run at the pace and emotion of the journey.

This is another one of my broad rules. While many say that all roadtrip songs should be upbeat, I’m more lenient on this rule. There are innumerable songs that, although not as energetic, possess the power and the gravitas of the adventure you’re on.

**Side note** – during the wee hours, on those long, overnight treks, it’s usually best to have a stash of upbeat songs handy, if only to keep yourself awake.

There are several other “rules” I’m sure that I’ll get to from time to time, but those are some of the essentials. I’m someone who typically has only one rule — there are no rules, so again, please look at this more as suggested guidelines. More important than following this formula I’ve provided is to simply be yourself and play what works for you.

This next song, for instance, might not end up on your road trip list. But for myself, a husband and father in my upper 20’s, who can get caught up in routine of life, sometimes road trips are not just a form of getting away — it’s literally fleeing. Fleeing your age. Fleeing your responsibilities (that you never feel quite old enough that they actually belong to you).

The following song celebrates that — every bit of the existential crisis. The nostalgia of the playful and unencumbered journeys of the past, but at the same time, no regret of where they took you.

I’m going to share with you the radio edit, but I invite you to take a listen to the seven minute masterpiece that it truly is. There’s even a lego version too!

Tim is a husband, father, nomad, and International Media Producer, currently residing in Atlanta. When he’s not spending time with his family or friends, you can usually find him behind a camera or listening to music or podcasts (and lately, trying to write and re-write this pesky bio). Check back here each Wednesday for more Tunes for the Road. And check out his personal blog here

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