Saturday, 16 June 2012

It's a Man Ray (kind of) Sky

I've been job hunting for a very long time and I recently came to realize that if fail to land a job in my current field, I might just consider a career in long-haul trucking. I'm not even joking!
The beginning of the week saw me and my nephew head out on a road trip. For thirteen hours on Monday, we drove from TO to Creedmoor NC. Over 1200KM. It was this long-distance, endurance testing, highway-traversing, body-stiffening drive, where I learned something about myself. As long as I have music playing and I can sing along, there's no telling what behemoth distances I can travel. In general, I never sleep in a moving vehicle - car, plane, train - just not my thing. So naturally, long-distance driving seems to be a good fit for me.
I can't stress the importance of s great soundtrack to accompany said car trip, because although I may have the stamina to remain awake, there is the very real chance that I could be hit with monotony-induced fatigue. Obviously, with over thirteen hours of one way travel, you've got to mix it up a bit. So I played quite a few CDs during the trip (yes, my car plays CDs) but there was one CD mix that I made a couple of years ago that I played at least six times on the entire trip. When I got home, I wrote down the songs and their titles and realized that most of these tunes had a melancholy theme. Nevertheless, this particular soundtrack had me singing along, and most importantly, helped me to keep my focus on the road ahead. Here it is - the "Sober Mix":

01. Sober - Tool
02. Ana's Song - Silverchair
03. John Wayne Gacy Jr. - Sufjan Stevens
04. Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
05. Sworn and Broken - Screaming Trees
06. Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics
07. Tear In Your Hand - Tori Amos
08. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
09. Old Man Kensey - r.e.m.
10. Precious Things - Tori Amos
11. The Whole of the Moon - The Waterboys
12. The Funeral - Band of Horses
13. Things Fall Apart - Built to Spill
14. Edie (Ciao Baby) - The Cult
15. Rain - Patty Griffin
16. To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra with Patrick Watson

 While driving, it keeps me engaged with its melancholia. Gee, I wonder why...

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