I read a recent post from earlyriser about music. Then I read a post from the Big Mama Blog about how the radio could see right into her soul. Then I sat and thought for 12 hours straight about sad country songs. Then I started Walkin’ the Floor Over You and was terribly upset that I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive. Okay, that’s enough. I know when to stop.
My long and rambling question to myself ended up being this: If I had to drive from my home in central Oklahoma to California without a radio or Ipod; and I could only have one mixed cd, what songs would I put on it?
Oh dear … I usually pack hundreds of cd’s for a short road trip. I usually scan the radio for hours. I skip recklessly through songs only stopping for those that catch my ear. I’ve lived in the radio-land-of-plenty and I hate this question!
I’ve also had some experience. I once drove from Southeastern Oklahoma to Gillette, Wyoming with my five cousins to the National High School Rodeo Finals. We were on a limited budget and we only had one cassette tape. It was Toby Keith’s first album. That was almost 15 years ago and to this day, I get chills when I hear these words, “I bet you’ve never heard ole Marshal Dillon say Ms. Kitty have you ever thought of running away…” The chills I’m talking about are those from being trapped with the wrong cd for 1200 miles. I still have a little admiration for my cousin David who calmly rolled down the window and threw out that cassette somewhere near the Kansas/Colorado line on our way back home. Not one of us said a word. I think we were all a little upset we hadn’t done it earlier.
So, if given the choice, what songs would I choose? First, I need to be realistic. While many cd’s hold 18-20 songs, I’m going to keep it real at 15. Be prepared. Remember … I’m a little bit country with a splash of 80’s hair band with some MJ and the artist I’ve always known as Prince. I’m taking a deep breath. I think I can do this …
In no particular order and based solely on my mood and taste right this very moment:
- Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
- Dreadful Selfish Crime by Robert Earl Keen
- Dublin Blues by Guy Clark
- Bluebird Wine by Rodney Crowell
- Soulshine by Gov’t Mule
- Long Ride Home by Patty Griffin
- The Way I Am by Merle Haggard
- Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt
- Faith by George Michael
- Rex’s Blues by Townes Van Zandt
- No Time to Cry by Iris Dement
- Beauty Way by Eliza Gilkyson
- Lavender Blue by Keith Sykes
- Return of the Grievous Angel by Gram Parson
- Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
That just took a lot out of me.
Angee is going to beat me up because there isn’t one single Ryan Adams song on my mix. There’s no Hank, Sr., there’s no Wilco, there’s no George Straight, there’s no Prince, there’s no Dolly, there’s no Bon Jovi…! Oh dear. I’ve gotta start all over. Actually, I think my mix is going to be a box set!
If you could only have one mixed cd, what songs would you put on it?