With Spring in the air and the temperatures warming, it’s time to start thinking about those summer road trips! Every good road trip needs a soundtrack, but the soundtrack you choose is going to depend on your musical tastes, your travelling companions (mine is 9 years old) and, perhaps, your destination.
My musical taste is pretty eclectic and music has always played a big role in my road trips and vacations. I have one particular mixed tape which was originally made by my father when I was about 5 and which I’ve now made into a mixed MP3 CD. It’s got Squeeze, Cream, Bob Marley, Jethro Tull, Paul Simon (solo) and Art Garfunkel (also solo), among others. Every time I listen to it, it brings back memories of driving around Nova Scotia on my way to Kejimukujik National Park for a few weeks of camping and exploring. Last summer I took the family to Pinery Campground, which is run by Ontario Parks. ON this trip, I brought some Dio, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. Now when I listen to those songs, I remember the beautiful drive across southern Ontario and my week spent there. On one solo road trip across Nova Scotia that I took back in the late 90s, I listened to a mix of various country music folks like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Alabama. The music is like a key to the memories.
Because music plays such a big role in memories, choosing the right soundtrack for your road trip is as important as remembering gas and snacks. Now, granted, not everyone enjoys such an eclectic appreciation of music. With that in mind, we’re going to be compiling a few “top 10” lists for several musical genres. If you’re into classical music on your road trips, sorry, you’re on your own. If I put classical on in the car, I’m going to end up in a ditch.
Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for top 10 lists in the following categories:
- Classic Rock
If you’ve got a song or genre that you think should be included, drop us a line! Also, stay tuned for some summer road trip suggestions. We’ll be recounting road trips of old and future plans. Maybe one will inspire your next road trip.