The season of road trips or just rolling the windows down and burning prehistoric plant matter of the fun of it is upon us. Very few of people own vehicles with engine notes so beautiful that it’s not worth sullying the growl (or whine for those with forced induction) of the engine with music. For the rest of us, music goes with driving like jelly goes with peanut butter.
For me, there’s not much better than spinning off a great many summer miles to the accompaniment of a late ’70’s Dead show…and for me, everything is a great many miles away.
But Dead shows aren’t for driving. If, for example, one plans to cover the 159 miles between Marquette and St. Ignace in two hours or less there is only one choice:
Clutch. Any Clutch will do, but “Live in Flint” is my first choice…pure rock fury from the opening note to “Thank you and good night”.
This is music to downshift and stab the long, skinny pedal to:
Even the older, wiser, calmer Clutch still brings it with John Lee Hooker’s left foot approved rock:
And just ’cause you’ve got gray in your beard doesn’t mean you won’t still bring the thunder:
If all that wasn’t enough, it’s hard to argue with lyrics like this for rollin’ down the highway with a vengeance, eh?
When I talk talk on the C.B. yeah I scare men.
My my tire knockers rock the parking lot quite a lot yeah.
Rolled along 40 and roared down 10,
Released my cargo around the Big Bend.
I always take my time,
A maverick moonminer sipping sunshine.
Hauled ass to Memphis, I spoke to the Pharoah.
He told me his dreams, I counted the sparrows.
Steve McQueen’s got nothing on me,
I take you back west of Pleiades.
If you want someone to talk to,
Well I’m your man.
I’ve seen it all,
And I know where you live.
High time honey, hell yeah, watcha know, I’m back again, yeah.
Roll Roll down highways with a vengeance, yeah.
I never ever sweated for the fortune and fame game.
Nevertheless, I’m flying down the left lane.
I always pay my dues,
So sit your ass down, and I’ll show you how they used to. ~from “The House that Peterbilt”
Anyway, enough about me. What’s your favorite driving music?
Categories: Music/Popular Culture