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This week’s topic is Song’s We Love to Jam/Sing Our Hearts Out to in Our Cars. There is no shame, share with us what you will. For this list we are operating under the assumption that there are no listening devices implanted in your vehicle. You have the windows down, and you are singing to your hearts content. Maybe you are magically playing Air Drums and steering at the same time. It’s all good. We won’t be calling Johnny Law on you – just you, the stereo and the open road.
The rules of the road are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix; based on this week’s theme. Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you’re going to link-up there must be a song in your post. Mostly just have fun, there’ s no pressure here. Trust me, when you see my list….. you’ll know how high-brow my music tastes really are!
My list is more the Sing Your Heart Out list. The truth is I love to sing. I come from a family that loves to sing. My Grandmother (my mom’s mom) was an Opera Singer. My father used to sing opera every day (for fun). He sang other stuff too. Not my Grandma, she only sang opera. To sing opera, you really have to sing from your heart (and your diaphragm). We (my sister and I) grew up doing both and if there was a harmony, we sang it until we nailed it. FYI; I don’t only sing – I also project: So you, dude who is 5 car lengths ahead of me, if you don’t feel like hearing me belt out Freedom ’90, I suggest you roll your windows up and crank some Motorhead.
Next week I’m gonna start a MixTape Mini-Series in honor of the fact that I’m going to Hilton Head, South Carolina. What? You didn’t know? Hmm…
We’re gonna start the summer off easy breezy. Get out your Calendar, this is how it’s going to go. “If you were going to make a mix for a friend in the SIXTIES what would it contain? This is NOT a best of. This is If You Were You, in the Sixties, and You Were Making A Mix Tape For A Friend (on any topic) What Would It Be? Please feel free to incorporate music prior to the sixties if your heart so desires. It’s Dealer’s Choice my friends – only the Dealer lives in Late December 1969.” Oh yeah, and your Calendar? You guessed it, for June we are taking a trip through the decades…
But for now:
If You Were Driving Down The Road on a Window’s Down Kind of Day, And You Happened Upon A Sweet Car With the License Plate LTL WING – This is What You’d Hear
If it’s dark, the temperature is upwards of 78 degrees, you’ll catch me belting this sucker out. Turn it up!
This was the first album I purchased with my own money. You might say it was my first favorite album without any outside influence. I used to sit next to the record player listening and staring at the album cover. I loved all of the songs, but if I want to belt something out in the car, this is it.
This was a tough choice, do I pick the rockin’ song or do I pick the song with the totally pleasing chord progression? Wait…I still haven’t decided, I’m going to listen one more time. (time elapsing) OK I picked the one with the rockin-ness and the awesome bridge. For the runner-up click here and listen to Caught up in You by 38 Special.
I think I have James Taylor to thank for this album coming my way. I’ll link to it at the bottom, it’s called Livin’ Lovin’ Losin’ – The Songs of The Louvin Brothers. It’s not the first time a song from that album has hit my list, and it won’t be the last. But when this song comes on I turn it up, and sing my heart out!
It’s 1991, my sister and I are driving my old Subaru Justy (the Trusty Justy) from Chicago to Flagstaff Arizona. A trip we made 6 times if you count each way. This particular time we had purchased one of those new fangled adapters that you put in your cassette deck and then attach to your Discman. I had just bought the album Woodface and as we tried to make “Tucamcari Tonight” (that’s what the sign says when you are heading into Tucamcari, New Mexico) the batteries were dying. We were driving with the windows down, the dry heat of the high desert pouring in and my sister is squeezing the Discman hoping to eek what little battery out of it we can so we can listen to this song on repeat – one – more – time.
This is a “bonus” song. I almost left it out. I’m going to admit the dirty truth now. Two of my top 100 albums are WHAM! U.K. and George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice. Say what you will about the man, but as a worshipper of voices, I LOVE that voice. Caveat: I could not bring myself to use the hyper-sexualized music video for this song. I love the voice – the man…he need’s to listen to the words of this song.
This list could easily be twice as long. I think a lot of our lists could use a sequel. Have no fear, I foresee lots of Part Deux’s in our future! Now if you feel the need to own any of these songs click here to go to iTunes:
Seven Bridges Road (Live) – Eagles Live
Stone In Love – Escape
Hold On Loosely – Anthology
Cash On the Barrelhead – Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Freedom! ’90 – Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1
And here’s the link to the album I think no one can live without, it’s all duets James Taylor and Alison Kraus, Merle Haggard and Carl Jackson, Johnny Cash and Pam Tillis, and so many more Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs of the Louvin Brothers – Various Artists
Please thank my friend Sarah over at The Sadder But Wiser Girl, she asked if I would do this topic, right as I had the idea to do this topic. So check her out because she’s psychic and that’s cool.
Now Link her up!