Saturday, March 7, 2009

Road trip!!!

I used to spend a lot of energy and brain power assembling appropriate music for a road trip. This consisted of carefully selecting the songs and jotting down their elapsed times, organizing them in logical sequence and painstakingly recording them on a cassette tape.  If I miscalculated the times and a song cut off at the end, I'd go back and re-record it with an artful "fade.''

These were excellent tapes. Friends were always borrowing them and never returning them. I would keep "masters'' so I always had at least one copy. There was no creativity given to naming the tapes, like "Beach Mix'' or "Vacation '79.''  No, it was simply  "Road Tape #1'' and on...

I mention this because today I embark on a day trip and I have neither "Road Tape #6'' -- quite possibly the best 90 minutes of music ever put together --  nor a cassette deck on which to play it.  

So I'll put Pieta Brown's sultry "Remember the Sun'' in the disc player and hope there's no trooper in sight when it gets to "Sonic Boom.''   It really is possible to survive without the Foo Fighters.

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I never got one of those mixes!

    Of course, reading about music and the road instantly made me think of this:

    Switching it over to AM
    Searching for a truer sound
    Can't recall the call letters
    Steel guitar and settle down
    Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
    It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven