Sunday, March 28, 2021

Music To Drive By

For many years, I’ve been driving around with a few bags of CDs, but seldom do they make their way into the CD player.

Lugging them around doesn’t serve much of a purpose other than just in case I might want to listen to them. What gets in the way is the simple fact that I have no interest in hearing a whole CD from any one artist, like his/her greatest hits, or a record label, movie or show tune collection.

David’s been using my SUV regularly because it suits his retired lifestyle better than his own sedan, as he’s often shipping big boxes of music-related equipment or bringing home supplies for various home improvement projects.  

While I’m happy to share my car, I cringe each time he uses it, because he ends up asking me if I ever listen to the CDs that he has to remove from the car to accommodate his own stuff. The answer has never changed: “Rarely.”

This makes no sense to him. He spends a large part of each day focusing on music so why, when I’m in the car alone, would I not choose to hear all this music?

I’ve tried explaining to him that I grow tired of my CDs; other than for a song or 2 on each one, they don’t keep me engaged and actually start to annoy me. Sure, I could skip what I’m not interested in at that moment, but sometimes it’s easier to turn on the radio.

Last week, he brought the CDs from the car into the house and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. He said he will burn “Judy’s Best of the Best” mixed CD(s) with my favs (and then I can leave the CDs inside). Granted, this plan would also clear out those pesky bags that are always in his way, but I’m thinking about the real benefit here…I’ll end up with something awesome that I’ll actually like.

He laid out the plan: I’ll make an initial list of songs, he’ll burn 1, 2 or 3 CDs, I’ll re-evaluate, and then I’ll make the final list. What could be easier (for me)?  

We started the project last weekend, and while I’m having fun assessing how to create my ideal set, I haven’t made any real progress with it other than deleting most of what I initially chose. I know I’m overthinking but, if I don’t, I’ll end up with a zillion songs, which would defeat the purpose.  

My first draft had 65 picks (4 CDs). Some of the classics on it – “The Way We Were” with Barbra Streisand, James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” or Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” – did not make the cut and have now been disqualified. Initially I felt guilty to leave them out, but it is for the greater good.

Several days and car trips later, however, I’ve realized that a CD playlist for driving is entirely different than one for relaxing. For the car, I only want music that energizes me; it’s not the place for soft melodies or classical music or sentimental wording…I need to stay pumped.   

On my ride to and from Amy’s apartment – about an hour away – I listened to the fabulous “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews at least a dozen times.  

Is it possible I only need that song, and a couple others to break it up at times? 

In reality, I will probably add a dozen more that put me in the mood for trucking down the road.

9 comments:

  1. This makes me smile Judy 😊. Do you have a multiple CD player in your car? If so, then there is no reason why you can’t have 4 CDs loaded for you to flip back and forth. On the other hand, if you are only able to play one CD , then I guess it would be a pain to have to load and reload each one.
    I took a road trip with my sisters last Friday and brought a couple CDs I thought we could listen to together. They were religious inspirational tapes. When I pulled them out for my sister to load, she announced that her nice new Mercedes did not have a CD player☹️ I guess CDs are going the way of 8-track tapes and cassette tapes😂

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    1. I think I can only load one CD but it is an older car, so maybe I can have 4. I'll have to check it out. That's a funny story about your sister's car not even having a CD player! How would she listen to music - it is just a radio?

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    2. She said she could stream through her phone

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  2. Yes. I have a play list called traveling. I find classical is great for driving but i mostly listen to Broadway on Sirius.

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    1. I love classical music too, but I find that too relaxing when I drive. When my mom would take me to concerts at the Kimmel Center, I'd fall asleep! You are listening to a lot of show tunes?

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  3. So interesting what we select to hear in our cars. My car is my ''new music' chamber where I listen to music outside my usual song list. In a short drive to work, I put on snippets of musuc and judge - like a bigwig music producer - yes, no, maybe, superstar! It's fun.

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    1. Fun!!! When I have company in the car, like when I drive to Florida, I like to put on different versions of songs, like Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" vs. Seal's version, for example, and then we judge.

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  4. Love this. Could definitely see how this all played out. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Definitely, you sure know our dynamic! And when it comes to music (and not having so much junk in my car that he has to move around), David is relentless!

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