Thursday, November 14, 2013

Road Trip Music

For the past three Novembers, I have created unique playlists on iTunes to listen to while I am furiously writing my nano novel.  The 2011 playlist consisted of a few of my favorite love songs, as I was writing a semi-serious take on the cliches of romance novels.  There were only 11 songs and it ran a total of 42 minutes.  I listened to those songs a lot.

Last year I was writing an update of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, with two main characters falling in love while arguing.  So I put together a pretty good playlist of conversation songs, duets, any songs I could find with two people talking to one another.  There were 58 songs, with a respectable length of 3 hours and 29 minutes.

A big chunk of this year's novel will consist of a road trip across the United States (if the main character ever gets off his heinie).  Therefore, I am searching for driving songs.  So far I have 45 songs, for a running time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.  The songs range from Woody Guthrie's Riding in my Car all the way to Cars by Gary Numan.  But the song that makes me laugh the most every time it comes up on the playlist is this one:

Bonus Points if you know what song they are spoofing!

I'd like to have more songs in this year's playlist than last year's, so I'm still looking.  What are your favorite songs about cars, driving and road trips?

Nano Update?
Exactly the same as yesterday as I have been super busy getting ready to fly to LA to take a train to SF. Good thing I'll have eleven (11!) hours on the train to catch up. . .

1 comment:

  1. OK, I will restrain myself from giving a long list and instead give you my latest favorite:

    Wagon Wheel

    by Old Crow Medicine Show

    although I slightly prefer the cover version
    by Darius Rucker

    Google the song - it has an interesting history!